Z Nation “Frenemies” Review


Z NATION — “Frenemies” Episode 410 — Pictured: (l-r) Keith Allen as Murphy, Doug Dawson as Skeezy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc — (Photo by: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z 4/Syfy)

Last week’s episode of Z Nation was everything we needed to find a proper direction to take moving forward. Newmerica will lead us to the possibility of finding lost friends, but following Warren’s dream of Black Rainbow will lead us on the next big mission for Operation Bite Mark against Zona. It’s hard to say what will take the priority at the start of this episode, but at least the options are clear and everyone is now asking the right questions.

Transitioning into this new chapter, the big question was if we were steering in that direction this group needed to take, or if this was another detour. Nothing wrong with a detour of course because that is when we tend to get the best entertainment out of Z Nation. However, there are things you want them to get to with greater urgency. When an episode deals with Sketchy and Skeezy, you know that the expectation is that things will get a bit sidetracked. Trouble follows these two directly and indirectly, so regardless you wanted to know what these two have gotten themselves into this time. The suspense really kicked in fast since this was another obstacle where everything would seem normal on the surface, but twisted when whoever they run into show their true colors. It was better how Sketchy and Skeezy weren’t the only familiar faces either.

This episode threw us into one of the most obscure situations this group has been in. Usually would be the zombies that are unique, but this time around it is the situation that was creative. Putting Doc and Murphy together was once again brilliant. The dynamic between these two so far has been the strongest this season. When it came to the rest of the group, they did not find themselves in the most convenient position. Of course I did find myself questioning just how they could end up in the middle of a storm like this. How they got from the top of a news station to where they are now was baffling. Even then, you knew the fate of some of the group right off the bat, while the others took some time to get around to. Some of the others did manage to add to the fun which was a bit different from those two selected to join in.

Z NATION — “Frenemies” Episode 410 — Pictured: Doug Dawson as Skeezy — (Photo by: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z 4/Syfy)

Now reuniting with Sketchy and Skeezy was something I would not have believed possible till this episode. These are two who should have died so long ago yet defy death at every turn. You look for the ultimate opportunists in a Zpocalypse and these two fit the bill. Not to mention they are the very definition of frenemies when engaging with Operation Bite Mark. It was quite shocking how they weren’t exactly the problem this time around. Clearly they got themselves into something and were looking for a way out. That much made it fun since their communication skills leave a lot to be desired. For as grim as things got once the situation escalated, I as well had no clue how to take this seriously. There was no shame at all from these two in what they are willing to do in order to survive. Whatever seemed genuine on the surface was overshadowed by their need to make a scene.

As fun as this was, they also did not disappoint in the barber shop being full of mysterious, and murderous, characters. This was a good case of what can go wrong when you don’t keep up with everyone you both meet and interact with. The unknown kills, but the familiar can be just as deadly if you aren’t always asking the right questions.

I really have no idea what to think about Z Nation “Frenemies” when all is said and done. Was it fun? Yes. Did things get ridiculous in a Z Nation kind of way? Definitely. Though at the same time we didn’t quite get anywhere concrete in terms of where this group needs to go next to complete their mission(s). Its oh well though, what sets Z Nation apart from other zombie shows is that the story/main plot isn’t always the priority.

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