Z Nation “Crisis of Faith” Review
Crazy to think that we are already on episode 8 of Z Nation and the direction has taken such a big turn from where you thought we were heading at the start. To some extent you question this because we know something sinister is cooking up behind the scenes, but then you also know that where they are going now will lead to finding the other and much more along the way. I mean I do hope I speak for everyone when I say I want to see Addy again, Citizen Z (Simon), Kaya, and the rest who have disappeared..
Pacing like always is crucial for a story like Z Nation’s. Their trip to Newmerica is a long one, but it was the wise move that they could cut the time between episodes to save us from an adventure that risks dragging on. That is never to say that what this group gets into along the way isn’t entertaining, but you can only do with so many distractions and obstacles.
For this episode, the theme for the day is church. I can’t say that there was anything solid in concept in contrast to clowns before, though there was consistency in exploration of what religion means to people at this point. Everyone needs something at this stage in the world to keep going. Faith in someone else, in something divine, faith in general that things will get better in time. Warren and the others encountering this mysterious stranger who they assumed was a grave robber was an okay development. Not the most exciting , but you got something genuine out of these characters rather than raw emotion. Now the title of this episode made much more sense when it came to faith in other people. Not so much in the religious sense of the word, but a matter of trusting what doesn’t seem real. Since they took this change in direction, you had to wonder how long it would take for them to try readdressing Warren’s visions. It goes without saying that the inability of her to convince the others was quite troublesome. How they approach getting down to the truth of her situation was interesting. The CGI was a little weak in that area, but the message was sent clear. Particularly to the person who was able to make a clean connection to her.
Once again you were looking for something out of the ordinary, and to that extent we didn’t get too much in that area. I wasn’t disappointed there since you don’t always want to throw some crazy new zombie out there for the heck of it. Nonetheless I will say that the humor in what Canadian zombies would be like did stick.
It’s funny that right as I say this, we finally get back to at least what Kaya has been up to since we last saw her. The group did make contact with her recently, but that’s not enough to satisfy your curiosity. Especially considering two years has past and she was also pregnant the last time we saw her. Kaya’s situation is the most convenient, yet the most inconvenient at the same time. It felt like she and company were inevitably going to attract the wrong attention. Its was only from who that wasn’t too much of a surprise.
Newmerica is indeed a safe haven that sounds too good to be true. Whether that is true we are yet to find out yet, but for now you hold your reservations about this place like everyone else. At this point it is hard to figure out whether that is where we will go, or back to wherever Warren’s visions are taking her. You want the opportunity to find Addy and what not if they keep going to Newmerica, but there’s much more to fight for going where they know they can make the most difference in contrast to simply trying to survive. If they were wrong about Newmerica, it would feel like another story familiar to TWD.
Z Nation “Crisis of Faith” really cracked down on the things that matter during a zombie apocalypse. Its not every day that an episode will take the time to explore what makes these characters tick when their faith is concerned. That word means a lot of things to different people. This episode had many ways where that definition took form, and thus gave us more direction than we had before in order to get more story progression out of this season.