Critic Consensus: Although it's hampered by an overcrowded narrative, Z Nation manages to muster up some fun scares without taking itself too seriously.
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While there's plenty to laugh at -- like Sharknado, Z Nation knows it's bad -- SyFy's latest original series doesn't take the creative leaps to surprise an audience already too familiar with how to kill zombies.
The 13-episode series has a sweeping, impressive prologue, but the show itself almost immediately shrinks to a small-scale, dark and rustic canvas. This is the same formula that doomed NBC's Revolution.
In Syfy's new zombie series Z Nation, the priority seems to be cramming in as much violence and gore as possible. If that means skimping on rehearsal time and retakes, so be it.
Z Nation opens at a sprinter's speed and for the most part keeps up that pace. The blood flow is constant and the makeup department answers the bell.
It was probably inevitable, given the monster success of AMC's The Walking Dead, that another zombie horror series would be forthcoming ... but I'd hoped for something a little less slapdash and cheeseball than Syfy's Z Nation
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