Z Nation “Return to Mercy Labs” Review


Z NATION — “Return to Mercy Labs” Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Nat Zang as 10K, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc — (Photo by: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z 4/Syfy)

Last week was a nice detour that brought us to some unlikely yet familiar faces. Without that done and out of the way, now Warren and the group move forward to tackling Black Rainbow. Following Warren’s dream is going to again bring us to another vague adventure, but at least we now know there is merit to what she is seeing. I mean we of course knew, but for everyone else this was all questionable at best.

There’s one thing that I was finally able to pick up from this episode, and that was a big change in pacing for the group. Normally you wouldn’t think that much time passed from one episode to the next, but now it is becoming more apparent. Not a bad thing of course, especially when that stretch in time adds to the growing tensions for some of them getting somewhere concrete. What you also notice with time passing the way it has are these new dynamics taking form. Murphy and Doc have been great together, and it only makes sense at this point that 10K and Sarge could find common ground. It all comes naturally between them and shakes things up from the norm.

Now I’ll give them credit for this week’s episode. When it comes to a zombie apocalypse, the last thing you ever expect is to visit the same place twice. This world is just too big to think that you would ever circle back, and not somewhere you want to be either. The last time that we were here, it was a fairly terrifying pitstop. It was the first time they really went up against The Man, and we stumbled upon some Zs that were among the most unique. Surprisingly this was a good point to address that for someone like 10K there is a problem that this mission won’t solve anytime soon. Red and the rest are still out there, making this reminder of that loss resurface.

The big question here is what importance this place still holds to warrant a return. Warren’s dream leading the group back to Mercy Labs was one thing, but not knowing what task there is to accomplish makes this dangerous. I mean this is a lab where you have to travel through use of a hazmat suit. Once again the fear factor here was not just what dangers could still be lurking in the lab, but what dangers the rest of them face for not knowing what they are getting themselves into. At this point Warren feels like the safest character, though for everyone else the worst could happen at any moment in time. Everyone runs into something interesting that for the most part added a whole new layer to the story that took place here before. That aside, there is a sense of wonder about what takes Warren over nonetheless. It’s as if she is being controlled or activated when allowing her visions to take over. Some questions are raised from this that hopefully make a little more sense down the road.

Z NATION — “Return to Mercy Labs” Episode 411 — Pictured: Grace Phipps as Sarge — (Photo by: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z 4/Syfy)

For Simon and Kaya out in the arctic, its nice to see that there is actually a family to follow through this madness. They are the only ones currently who have something to lose genuinely. Something else may be going on too, though I believe the next episode may get around to that with more depth given. With that said, this corner of the world is a development I’m glad we have again since they are a source for information that cuts the middle man. This question surrounding Black Rainbow also took these two through some new exploration in the base as well.

My only issue here at the moment is the inconsistency with Murphy. He was there when all these things about Black Rainbow were brought up. He should feel as pressed as Warren to worry about the fate of the world for everyone who is not Zona.

Z Nation “Return to Mercy Labs” took us to familiar ground, and forced the group to make some hard calls. They need answers and we are at that point where you can’t exactly afford the kind of emotions that create obstacles. The best you could ask for here is that we finally have a full understanding of the danger Zona is bringing to the world, putting to rest any challenge to the legitimacy of their current mission. Next week is going to be a trip when we take a trip to another destination that you didn’t think possible during a zombie apocalypse.

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