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#1 RJDiogenes

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:47 PM

Season 5, Episode 1:  "Welcome to the Newpocalypse"

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Warren recovers from the drone crash with handsome, mysterious Cooper; Doc and the others finally arrive in Newmerica, where they meet George, who is helping form the new country.  

An unprecedented fifth season begins for everyone's favorite psychotronic Zombie Apocalypse.  What new and sillier wonders shall we behold?  Tune in and find out!
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 03:47 PM

Okay, so, we've got at least one new regular and maybe two, so I don't think there's much hope of Red and Addie ever showing up again.  Also no sign of Citizen Z and Kaya. 10k and Sarge didn't have much to do in the premiere, with Doc and Murphy only doing a little bit better. Basically, the premiere was Warren's story, as she was nursed back to health and began a romance with a sexy farmer-- who just happened to be keeping his Z'd wife and daughter in the car, sort of like Hershel on Walking Dead, although not to that extent. Warren convinced him to mercy them and the resulting funeral pyre gave Murphy his final clue as to her whereabouts. Apparently, where there's smoke, there's Warren.

Murphy is still red. He can no longer speak to or control Zs, but he can gain their memories by eating their brains. And in this episode, he seems to have mellowed a bit compared to his old self.

But the biggest change so far this year is the effect that the Black Rain had on the Zs. Now, in addition to the walking ones and the fast ones and the radioactive ones and the unkillable ones, we've got talkers-- Zs who are dead but retain their human personalities. At least for a while.  The implication is that they eventually devolve into regular mindless Zs if they don't get their "Z Biscuits." It's not just the Zombie Apocalypse, it's also the Pun Apocalypse.

As for Newmerica, it doesn't actually exist yet. There's just a bunch of independent communities, probably thirteen of them, who are about to vote on whether to become Newmerica at the encouragement of the coincidentally-named George.  But they make a big deal how anyone can become a citizen, even if you're dead-- so take that Right Wingers.  :D
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Posted 13 October 2018 - 04:49 PM

Season 5, Episode 2:  "A New Life"

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Warren must leave her new life behind and find her way to Newmerica, reuniting with Murphy and the other heroes, while discovering George is an old friend.  

Will Citizen Z appear?  Will Addy and Red return?  Will Warren's new hair color be explained?
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 02:29 PM

Well, two of my questions were answered.  Much to my surprise, Red has returned and, after a little bit of a "red" herring, she and 10k have been reunited. I can't believe we got a little bit of a happy ending there.  And Citizen Z is hanging around, too, acting as a reporter or vlogger or whatever there is in the Zombie Apocalypse. No real explanation of what he's doing there. It seems to me that the last time we saw him and Kaya and the kid they were all still up at Northern Lights, but I may have forgotten something.

Unfortunately, Warren did not get the happy ending that 10k and Citizen Z got-- her guy was contemplating killing Murphy to preserve their love nest, so he ended up in the trunk of the car with multiple Zs swarming him.  I'm not sure if that's the end of him, or if he'll turn up in Newmerica plotting revenge.

Speaking of Newmerica, not everybody has adopted George's all-for-one attitude. There is some divisiveness going on between the humans and the Talking Zs, and one Talker in particular named Pandora, who wears a creepy half mask, probably to disguise some disfigurement, seems to be plotting against George.  The bomb that went off at the very end would seem to support that theory.

But with Warren and Murphy in Newmerica, all of our current band are now reunited.  All we need now is Addy (and hopefully Kaya will be seen at some point as well).
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 04:17 PM

I had forgotten that this show returned so I've only watched the first episode so far. I am a bit lost because I gave up on the show last season. I just didn't like the direction the show was going in.

The season premiere was pretty good. Introducing Talkers adds a nice wrinkle to the show, especially since they have rights in Newmerica.

I was disappointed that Newmerica was basically just a bunch of random towns that kind of worked together. Still, it might be interesting to see if they can form a new society out of the ashes of the old.

I am happy that the gang gets reunited in the second episode. The show is always better when they are all together.

I hope Addie comes back as well.
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:16 PM

Yeah, my fingers are crossed for both Addy and Kaya. I like both of them.

I'm looking forward to them trying to pull all of those communities together despite conflict and differences. I liked George's line that "It's 1776 all over again."

What happened last year that made you give up on the show?
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Posted 15 October 2018 - 05:55 PM

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What happened last year that made you give up on the show?

Well, it wasn't just last year. I have been slowly falling out of love with the show for a while now. I just didn't like the plot last season. It didn't really engage me. I also think the show has moved away from the insane hijinks that made me fall in love with the show in the first season.
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Posted 18 October 2018 - 05:10 AM

That episode where everyone kept vomiting almost turned me off of the show but, I hung in there and I'm glad I did so far.

I'm really hoping Addy shows up soon too.

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 06:44 PM

View PostVirgil Vox, on 15 October 2018 - 05:55 PM, said:

Well, it wasn't just last year. I have been slowly falling out of love with the show for a while now. I just didn't like the plot last season. It didn't really engage me. I also think the show has moved away from the insane hijinks that made me fall in love with the show in the first season.  
Interesting.  I thought last year was pretty insane. This year, by contrast, has gotten off to a fairly sedate start.

View PostM.E., on 18 October 2018 - 05:10 AM, said:

That episode where everyone kept vomiting almost turned me off of the show but, I hung in there and I'm glad I did so far.  
Ugh. Yeah. That's not my thing, either.
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Posted 19 October 2018 - 05:25 PM

Season 5, Episode 3:  "Escape From Altura"

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10K nearly loses everything as Panic and anti-Talker sentiments flare after an explosion derails the vote.  

Z Nation is getting far too realistic.  :lol:
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Posted 21 October 2018 - 04:13 PM

Oh, come on.  We just get Red back and we lose Sarge. And 10k lost his right hand. So much for his sharpshooter skills. Why must they do this to characters?

And so much for Newmerica, too.  Looks like that guy from Zona is not so benign after all, as was foreshadowed. The country is barely confirmed, if the vote even counts now, and he's declared martial law. And Murphy made a run for it, which is right in character. And he's got some of his Blend apostles back. And Limbo?  What's that all about?

I hope this show doesn't end on a down note after all this.
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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:00 PM

Season 5, Episode 4:  "Pacifica"

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Warren and George search for Lt. Dante, who may be part of an underground network helping Talkers flee human vigilantes.

Pacifica.  Maybe we'll see Kaya and the baby.
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Posted 29 October 2018 - 05:29 PM

The political allegory is pretty heavy handed this season, but we live in pretty trying times so I've got some admiration for them-- George Romero would certainly approve.  Using the Talkers as a metaphor for the social underdogs of the world, just like mutants in X-Men , though, is kind of an imperfect approach-- because, while one group of people in the real world is no different from another, Talkers and mutants do represent a legitimate threat.  Still, the point is valid.

Poor 10K really got the shaft in the last couple of episodes. Will he still be able to shoot with a prosthetic hand?  If not-- or even if so-- how will it change him?

But I was happy to see Kaya and the baby show up.  No sign of Murphy, though. I'm sure whatever's happening in Limbo won't be good news.  That's Murphy's Law.

And now somebody is bombing the crap out of Pacifica.   That was almost prophetic, given the events of the past week.
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Posted 02 November 2018 - 05:26 PM

Season 5, Episode 5:  "Killing All The Books"

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Pacifica is bombed and the heroes decide to follow the Talker Underground to stop whoever is behind the attacks.

Come to think of it, I don't think we know how many episodes there are this season.  Probably thirteen, I suppose.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:14 PM

Well, this episode mostly detailed the aftermath of the multiple bombings of Newmerica, culminating with the partial exodus of the human survivors to Altura-- who are not nice people and probably had a hand in the attacks. Things are pretty much at a low point for the dream of building a new society based on American principles, but everybody is forcing themselves to go on, more out of stubbornness than real hope at this point.

Citizen Z, Kaya, Nana, and the kid all survived the attacks, but have relocated to Altura at Warren's insistence-- partly to be safe and partly to be the inside eyes and ears for Newmerica. Somebody set up the bombings by creating Suicide Zs, old-school Zombies with explosive devices strapped on, and they need to find out who, where, and why.  10k, in his morose wanderings, may have stumbled upon some of those terrorists when he found some people herding Zs and turning them into a Zombie Ball.  How long has it been since we've seen a Zombie Ball?

Doc got a couple of nice moments in this episode. First, he encountered an unexploded Suicide Z and lured it to an elevator shaft where it could blow up fairly harmlessly.  Then, in an inspirational moment, he gave George a pocket-sized copy of the US Constitution-- and made explicit the coincidence of her name.

This episode was mostly the chaos of people dying, rising from the dead, and dying again, so there are still a bunch of mysteries yet to be explained, including Dante's involvement in all this, if any.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 02:33 PM

Could we finally be seeing Addy soon?  I have missed her.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:22 PM

I sure hope so. There's not that many episodes left.  But they brought back Red and the Doctor, so hopefully we'll see Addy before the end too.

Of course, I'm taking it for granted that this is the last season, but I thought that last year, too.  It must be doing pretty well in other venues, like Netflix, since Netflix ordered a prequel series.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:12 PM

Good point.  We may get a 6th season.  If not on SyFy, then maybe Netflix.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:56 PM

Farscape is psychic!

Season 5, Episode 6:  "Limbo"

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Warren and the others are reunited with Addy in "Limbo" an underground casino run by Murphy and his Blends, that shelters Talkers on the run.

At last!
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 08:39 PM

At the end of the last episode, there was a few seconds glimpse of Addy's spiked bat through tall grass.

I was hoping that was foreshadowing.


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