After a long summer of waiting, Z Nation is back. Premiering on September 16 with a two-hour long offering from The Asylum. Season three opens with No Mercy. It is a play on words? A gesture to the theme song?
Or is it an elaborate tease?
The over two hour long “movie” sees the gang diverted yet again. (When are they not?) At the risk of getting dangerously close to spoiler city, it should be pointed out that this episode is “non-linear.”
When last seen, Murphy and his ragtag group, Roberta Warren, Addy, 10K, Doc and the mercenary Vasquez were, to put it mildly, a little disheveled. No Mercy opens the new season with all guns blazing and enough homages to sink a film festival.
Written by Daniel and Karl Schaefer; directed by Abram Cox (who has directed a number of Z Nation episodes, including Party With the Zeros and Zombie Baby Daddy, No Mercy sees a couple of familiar faces (after a fashion) return and Doc takes on a new sort of role.
This episode really is “homage heaven” and glimpses of Mad Max (the original’s not the new one) High Plains Drifter and Assault on Precinct 13 are among the many nods and winks to existing films.
There is even a nod to Kirk Douglas. On top of all that big screen love, a certain other zombie television show is given a wink or two in this episode.
A couple of characters are missing, although anyone watching teaser trailers for season three of Z Nation will know not to be alarmed. A trailer for season three has been up on YouTube for two weeks.
One of the characters from season two makes a surprise appearance:
Season three opens with a step sideways, as it were, a tale that looks to be a tad out of sequence. There is, however, a new adversary, or nemesis, that Warren’s group may have to face more than once.
Kellita Smith has not allowed Roberta Warren to lose any of that bite in-between seasons. Keith Allan has taken time to fine-tune Murphy and Nat Zang has lost nothing during the obligatory series break.
This opening salvo manages to tickle the funny bone a few times and there is at least one scene that is more than a bit heart breaking. Oh yes, there will be tears.
No Mercy is a splendid open for the new season of Z Nation. Our heroes stop to help a group of people and learn more about this post apocalyptic world and themselves.
This season of Z Nation will consist of 15 episodes and will appear on SyFy Friday nights at 9/8c. There is a new cast member Joseph Gatt (Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf) and DJ Qualls will be back as Citizen Z as well.
Z Nation airs Fridays on SyFy starting on September 16.