Black Summer (2019)
Creators: John Hyams, Karl Schaefer
Stars: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee, Sal Velez Jr., Kelsey Flower and Erika Hau.
The Pitch: “Let’s make a prequel to Z-Nation.”
Black Summer is a new Netflix series that serves as a prequel to Z-Nation. Since it’s a prequel it’s not necessary to have watched Z-Nation. (Truth be told, I like Black Summer better than Z-Nation).
The series starts off following what appears to be random folks working to survive a zombie outbreak. The cool thing is that as the episodes progress people that we see in the background might become the focus of the next installment. Ultimately a band of survivors forms with the goal of getting to a stadium where they hope the military is waiting to transport them to safety. Because Black Summer is (at this point) a limited series, there is no “star” that you just know is going to survive. This raises the stakes and adds to the tension.
You’d think by now we’d have seen it all when it comes to zombie stories. Black Summer is proof that just ain’t so. I really liked this first season and hope that it returns for a second. Guess who else likes Black Summer? Stephen King said this today…
“BLACK SUMMER (Netflix): Just when you think there’s no more scare left in zombies, THIS comes along. Existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.”
So don’t just take my word for it, take Stephen King’s.