Z Nation Mid Season Finale: Returning in 2015? (Review)


Well, it has to be said, that as mid season finale’s go, Z Nation managed to pull out all the stops to leave fans of the SyFy show gasping, and the show’s end credits say they will be returning in 2015. Really? Looking at the last few frames of the show and Citizen Z’s “I hate the apocalypse,” there won’t be too much to return to. Although on the bright side, Mack is still alive, so apparently all that gunfire back in the Sisters of Mercy episode missed its intended target. It does look as though Addy and Mack are not together, but at least there are two of the “save Murphy” crew left.

At the beginning of the last episode this year, Doctor of the Dead, Cassandra was not looking good at all, her leg wound is infected and it is killing her. The gang learn that Colorado is the new California and as Warren, Doc, Cassandra, 10K and Murphy head to the lab, Doc manages to freak out the saviour of mankind by telling him that he will become a needle filled guinea pig. Once Roberta gets him to shut up about the needles, Doc asks what everyone’s plans are after dropping Murphy off. Rather forebodingly, the one member not asked, is Cassandra; a real signpost that this girl is not going to live much longer.

Once they reach the small white building that houses the lab, where Murphy will save mankind, they find a group of zombies standing transfixed in front of it. Warren handcuffs Murphy, so that no one will mistake him for a zombie and seconds after, the waiting undead in front of the lab surround the van. Murphy has to come back and rescue the group.

The mid season finale of Z Nation started with a look at the world pre-apocalypse. The entire episode felt like the end of the series and not just season one’s mid way point. The promise that it will return in 2015, feels a little hollow and when it does return, what will Murphy be like? The show’s backstory flashbacks, where a bald headed man of science is collecting fluid from the brains of the dying, are interesting and creepy. Tying the zombie epidemic in with ebola, like the media has been doing for some time now in the real world, makes this bit disturbing.

With the bald doctor scenes being dispensed throughout the episode, the audience know that this guy will be part of the problem at the Colorado facility. Inside the building the group learn that the lab was overrun with zombies, created by the scientists manning the place and they run into a few of these creatures who are very different from the “run-of-the-mill” Z’s that Murphy can control. Warren and her dwindling group learn that if they do not follow decontamination protocol, a nuclear missile will be launched at the lab and it will be “incinerated.”

Locating Dr. Merch is still the gang’s main objective and after watching video evidence that shows something went wrong at the lab, they decide to continue looking for the doctor. One of the more comic moments of the show occurs when the group have to be decontaminated in their birthday suits and Roberta forces everyone to keep their eyes off of her naked form. Once they get in, Cassandra’s condition gets worse and they put the dying woman in a room to rest. Murphy goes in to say “goodbye” and then the gang moves on.

After learning the fate of “patient zero” the bald doctor comes in with two armed soldiers. Roberta, Doc and 10K have no ammo and when the doctor tries to take Murphy Cassandra shows up with a new Murphy bite on her cheek. The dying woman is not at death’s door any longer and now has more strength along with Murphy’s eyes. He tells Cassandra to kill the doctor and she takes out the two soldiers. The bald scientist shoots Doc and as Warren and 10K try to resuscitate him, a furious Murphy heads out of the medical facility.

Citizen Z, aka Simon, tries to stop him, but Murphy is convinced that Z set them up to die and when he leaves without being decontaminated, he triggers the nuclear missile. It turns out that this nuclear attack is not just focussed upon the lab, but every defensive governmental post in the United States. In the Z Nation mid season finale, it looks like the eye in the sky as well as Roberta, Doc and 10K will be turned into piles of ash. Even with the promise that the show will be returning in 2015, who will survive apart from Addy and Mack? Seeing how close the nukes are to both Warren’s small group and Simon, as well as Murphy, the two former lovers may be the only ones left. It should be pointed out that the now skinless Murphy should not survive this mini nuclear strike since there is no way he got away quickly enough in that Mesa van. It is going to be very interesting to see what transpires on the show in the new year.

By Michael Smith




22 Responses to "Z Nation Mid Season Finale: Returning in 2015? (Review)"

  1. BadWillHunting   December 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Z Nation is a refreshing break from the constant depressing drama of The Walking Dead. I much prefer Z Nation because it has set and story changes in every episode.

  2. James Brown   May 19, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Please don’t take Z Nation off it’s a very good show in I love it…

    • quiana thomas   July 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      yes z nation is a good show yall can’t take it off.

  3. hi   April 3, 2015 at 7:45 am

    They better not get rid kf citizen z

  4. Anthony johnson   March 31, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Y’all better not cancel this show

  5. marinemom1   March 21, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Love the show one of my favorites of all time for tv. The problem will be we will all like it so much they will cancel it eventually. And that will really stink. Every time something is good on tv , all though it might be a little out there, or far fetched for some people. But not certainly not for me. I love watching shows like this. They keep you on your toes, on the edge of your seat your never quite sure what’s coming next. It would be a big loss and a great big disappointed for it to end anything soon. Thank you for letting me vent. One of many or your biggest supporters and fans. So please keep Z NATION on! Thank you.

  6. Kyle buttone   February 9, 2015 at 5:58 am

    It’s a good show. But 10k is the best

  7. Daria McNeal   February 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I love Z Nation because it is different from TWD but equally as good and entertaining. I like that there is some humor in the show. Murphy’s character is great! I can’t wait for the new season!!!!!

  8. john ashley   January 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I like the walking dead but Z Nation is so much better. They have a better story line and a bit of comedy I just think Z Nation is better all the way around… You all just need to let everyone know when it is coming back on! Z Nation all the way! It will be better than the walking dead.

  9. JoAnn   December 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Love both shows walking dead but z nation just keeps you on the edge you’ll never know who’s next to be written off. waiting for the show to start up again not really sure when but I surley hope back at the geek squad Citzen Z can make these air bombs collide in mid air!!!

  10. Adam West   December 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I agree L.J. Walking Dead has lost me they keep killing off the good characters and the whole last season was a complete waste !! I got totally drawn in to Beths charcater only to have her blown away !! sensless lost me after hershal but i stuck with it …. But Z Nation is a whole lot better really want all these characters to survive as a team

  11. WalterWhite   December 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    So I’m guessing season 2 won’t be back until Sept. 2015,SyFy has Helix coming back in Jan. I believe so that’s good if ya like that show I do.

  12. L.J   December 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I hope we don’t lose Doc ,or ten K , losing Hershel is why I quit watching Walking Dead

  13. Adam West   December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hopefully they can re route the bombs before they hit ! Or someone else will do it ?
    Mack and Addy look very much alive and TOGETHER ! I cant wait to see there flashback episode where they escape the sisters of mercy ! I really dont think they will kill off the main characters ..Im really getting over the walking dead for that very same reason. We as viewers get atatched and invested in character …if they kill them off who wants to watch the show ,,,NO ONE ! That is why im sure they didnt kill off Mack hes the guy you want to win in the end ,,,cant wait for season 2 and to see where this strange family of characters end up ..Together I hope

    • Michael Smith   December 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly Adam!

  14. Kira   December 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    It wasn’t only one middle heading to Citizen Z’s location. There were several. I have no idea how the next season will hold up to the first season. Losing that many member of the main cast. Citizen Z, Simon, is a key player to the survival of the main cast members. Without him I feel it will just become a TWD wannabe kind of show. With most of the cast about to go out in a nuclear blast it becomes a bit redundant to bring in new characters. A Fan base is built by the characters. They develop “relationships” with them, dropping them from the show & introducing new ones cause many to lose interest. IMO

    • Kira   December 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm


    • Michael Smith   December 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Agreed Kira. I’ve become quite attached to Murphy and company, any new characters will not have the same impact!

  15. Delisa Smiley   December 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I really enjoyed the Z Nation episode. I hate the season ended. I really wonder if there will be another season.

  16. Paul Smith   December 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    It was the season finale, not the mid-season finale. It returns in 2015 for season 2.

    • Michael Smith   December 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Ah! Thanks for clearing that up! I’ve yet to get used to American television and it’s eccentricities with mid season finales vs season finales. Cheers matey!

  17. T D   December 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I think the missile heading for Simon will be a dud and not explode.


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