In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.
Seeing that this was a zombie apocalypse show, I was sold immediately. I sat down and binge watched the entire first season in one continuous streak. Yeah, I must admit that this Netflix produce TV series was actually interesting enough to do such a thing.
Sure, there is good things and bad things to be said about "Black Summer", of course there is. It would be utopia to think otherwise.
Well, let's start with the bad things. In my opinion, then the zombies were a bit too much. As much as I love zombies and the whole zombie genre, then running, fast and hyper agile zombies just doesn't tickle me in the right places, never have, never will. But there is a twist to this - I will get back to that later on in the good aspects of the show.
And another weak point to the show was the character gallery. While there is a fair amount of characters and diversity in actors and actresses, then the majority of the characters felt shallow and superficial. We, as the audience, aren't really given any insight into whom these characters really are, where they come from, what drives them and so on. So it felt like they skipped some important aspects to the show here by having the characters be so one-dimensional and simplistic.
So what worked for "Black Summer"? Well, first and foremost, it was about zombies - enough said! And yeah, "Black Summer" was unique enough to actually stand out amongst contenders such as "The Walking Dead", "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Z Nation".
While I have a problem with running and hyper agile zombies, then I must say that it actually worked out well enough in "Black Summer". Why? Well, because there definitely was a nice "Left 4 Dead" game atmosphere to the entire show. That aspect really appealed to me, because I love those games. And most of the episodes of "Black Summer" was like participating in "Left 4 Dead" - a group of antagonists needs to get from Point A to Point B while facing a horde of crazed infected on their way. It was pure enjoyment.
The special effects and make-up department were doing good jobs in bringing the infected to un-life on the screen, pardon the pun. Which was a major step in the right direction, because a good zombie show needs to have believable make-up and just enough gore to keep the most fanatic of zombie fans happy. Like me, of course.
And they had a great ensemble of actors and actresses gathered to perform the characters and participate in the series. I wasn't overly familiar with anyone here on the screen, which is always an additional enjoyment for me. Just a bad, bad shame that the actors and actresses were given cardboard cutout characters to portray.
All in all, "Black Summer" is well worth watching. Sure, I would want to watch more seasons, if they should be produced. But the first season in itself felt like it came full circle and ended the entire season in a satisfying manner. Even if there will be no season two, then season 1 felt that it completed the story it was telling quite well.
If you enjoy the zombie genre, then you should definitely take the time to watch "Black Summer". Sure, it is no "The Walking Dead", but it still makes for some very enjoyable entertainment.
- Apr 16, 2019