My performance of the week ending 12/14/19 on TV goes to…

Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes on Hulu’s Castle Rock season 2.

As soon as I started season 2, I was completely mesmerized by Lizzy Caplan’s portrayal of Annie Wilkes.  Her performance was so real and compelling each week and she had this wild eyed stare that would certainly make Kathy Bates proud.

**Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.

While this story of Annie Wilkes is not necessarily a prequel to Misery, it does provide us with some fun Easter Eggs throughout the season leading up to the season finale.  Lizzy Caplan is able to show off the psychotic sides of Annie with accuracy, but she also somehow makes this character real and sympathetic, as you start to root for her as an anti-hero on the show.

Annie’s darkness comes in and out, but her daughter, Joy, is her one shining light, constantly motivating her to be good and to be better.  While Annie may not be able to overcome the darkness within her ultimately, she continues to fight and struggle, which is no easy task, especially after we are introduced to a Salem’s Lot inspired group to shake things up.

I thought that from start to finish, Annie was such an intriguing character with many layers.  My favorite episode was “The Laughing Place” (season 2, episode 5).  I thought this particular episode was so interesting because we got to explore Annie’s past to understand her a little bit more, but her younger self was played by another actress, who somehow managed to be just as brilliant as Lizzy Caplan.  This really elevated her character that much more for me, as we continued with the rest of the season.

While the show started to get off track with some of the Salem’s Lot drama in later episodes, the end of the season was able to come full circle, allowing us to truly see Annie’s character development toward the character we all know in Misery, but the writers didn’t hit us over the head with this, which I appreciated.

Everything was subtle and well done, which really made me want to re-watch Misery that much more, but I also felt like I was introduced to a completely new side of Annie Wilkes, as her character came alive across the screen.

What’s next for Annie?  Well, it looks like we will be closing the book on her chapter for season 2, as we will most likely explore a new character/plot if Castle Rock is renewed for season 3, but I may have just become Lizzy Caplan’s “number one fan.”  She immersed herself into this role with disturbing perfection and I loved every minute of it!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 8: “You Didn’t Deserve That”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 8, we were reminded that one doesn’t always get what he or she deserves, but we need to keep fighting one day at a time even if we can’t always tip the scale back to make things truly right.

Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven,” Dean comes up with a plan to find Chuck’s weakness.  Meanwhile, Adam finally returns, the new Queen of Hell is revealed, and Eileen tries to work a case of her own.

My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 8 are:

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“No, I’m saying he has a weak spot.”

Dean may be on to something here even if he doesn’t know what an Achilles heel is.  He thinks that they can use the Demon tablet to find out Chuck’s weakness, but they need someone who can read it.

Donatello makes another welcomed appearance, but things get tricky when Chuck begins to talk through him, reminding the Winchesters that Chuck/God is always watching.

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“You could do worse.”

The will they-won’t they vibe continues between Sam and Eileen and Dean takes a moment to tell Sam that he can be happy with her.  Sure, they have both tried the family life before, claiming it wasn’t for them, but Eileen gets the hunter lifestyle and would be a welcomed addition.

Although this might be tricky now that Chuck/God has just lured Eileen and Sam into a parking lot alone.  What are Chuck’s plans for Eileen?  Will Sam lose Eileen again before he gets a chance to tell her how he feels?

I can’t wait to find out!

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“Hello boys.”

After traveling to Hell to find Michael, the boys run into the new Queen of HellRowena.  They are clearly in shock to see Rowena again, but she feels right at home being dead and I have to say that she makes a pretty bad ass queen.

That being said, I sort of felt like Rowena’s re-appearance on the show took away from her sacrifice.  Rowena’s sacrifice really helped her character reach its peak and now she’s kind of right back where she started again.

And if we can see Rowena again, where the hell is Crowley?

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“I will help you.”

After Castiel shows Michael the truth about Chuck/God, Michael agrees to help them.  He explains that there is a spell to weaken Chuck, but they need the nectar from the Leviathan blossom in order for the spell to work.

And of course, this nectar can only be found in Purgatory, so it looks like Dean and Castiel will be making a special trip back there.

This should give us some more cameos and adventures along the way.  Next stop, Purgatory!

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“You didn’t deserve that.”

Adam finally makes his return on the show and Dean and Sam learn that Michael does allow him to have control here and there.  I guess being locked away in a cage for so many years can get really lonely.  Sam and Dean apologize to Adam and tell him that they were wrong and he didn’t deserve that, but I’m not sure one can truly accept an apology for being banished to rot away in Hell.  Family…you gotta love them.

Either way, I was glad to see Adam back on the show because I often used to feel like the writers just sort of abandoned his story completely and moved on, so I thought this was an important connection for the final season.

Overall, the episode felt slightly transitional and I am more interested in Chuck/God’s deadly adventures at a casino, but it looks like Sam will be getting up close and personal with him when new episodes return on January 17th.

Stay tuned SPN family!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 9: “It’s Time to Celebrate”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 9, Ms. Lorelai’s Corner for kids taught us that “The Purge gives your mommies and daddies the freedom to accomplish things they never thought possible.”  You know, like murder…

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Hail Mary,” Purge Night is officially here, as our main characters are all tested.  Meanwhile, Ben gets a wake-up call, Marcus tries to fight fire with peace, and Esme winds up in a dangerous situation.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 9 are:

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“He won’t stop until you’re dead.”

Clint and the neighborhood watch are out for revenge, surrounding Marcus’s house.  Their plan is to smoke Marcus out, but he refuses to fight fire with fire, recognizing that he would become just like them.  Marcus explains that there has to be another way, but can one really reason with someone on Purge Night?

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“I’m trying to give you a gift.”

We learn that Ben has had the urge to Purge since he was little, enjoying Ms. Lorelai’s Corner a little too much, while taking his anger out on his action figures.  Glad to see that the NFFA is shaping the youth of America so well.

Ben tells Turner that he wants to give him a gift and says that he has to Purge Scotty or he will kill him.  Turner has been a coward throughout the entire season and he doesn’t stand up to Ben here either, finally giving in to the pressure to survive.

After going out to enjoy the festivities of Purge Night, Ben finally gets a reality check when he is surrounded by a group of Purgers wearing God masks.  Ben tries to tell them that he’s on their team, but they are out for blood and he better start running…

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“I need to turn you into a ghost.”

Esme continues her plan to shut down the NFFA headquarters, working with the resistance member she met with before.  Esme needs to be turned into a ghost so that the NFFA cannot hunt her down, but things go horribly wrong when the van crashes, leaving Esme right in the middle of the city on Purge Night.

The bounty is quite the incentive, as Purgers start to recognize Esme, so she better make a run for it.  Let’s hope she can make it out of this alive, but it will not be easy.

You can do this, girl!

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“Let’s go be thieves.”

Ryan and his group continue with their plan to break Tommy out, as Tommy and several other inmates are volunteered as tribute for an annual Purge Hunt for rich people.  Ryan pays his way in, but things get tricky when they find out that they will all be using weapons that their ancestors used.

Oh and don’t forget, there will be trophies this year!

Ryan is able to save Tommy and the others, but he ends up in a dangerous situation of his own.  Luckily, the group is able to find him and save him before he is buried alive, but will they be able to pull off the rest of their heist now that Tommy is back in action?

I can’t wait to find out!

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“You want to Purge me…Purge me!”

You tell them, Marcus!  Marcus’s strategy seems to be working at first, as Sam suddenly realizes that he doesn’t have the stomach for the Purge after all.  Marcus and Michelle save him and trade him for Clint, but Marcus tells Clint that he just wants to talk things out.

At first, Clint seems to be willing to compromise, understanding that the Purge will not bring his wife back, but he decides to stab poor Michelle in the neck anyway, trying to take her away from Marcus to even the score.

The rest of the group let Marcus go; now realizing that perhaps this wasn’t the best idea, but Michelle’s life is in immediate danger.

Marcus is trying to get Michelle to the Triage since the hospitals are closed, but of course things get more than interesting when they pick up Ben after almost running him down.

As we approach the season finale, there are a lot of players in place, but we’ll have to see how this all ends.

I am super excited for the cameo from Ethan Hawke in next week’s episode as well, bringing us right back to the original movie that started it all!

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Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “V Wars” on Netflix: Ian Somerhalder and vampires…again

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Much like zombie shows, vampire shows are always emerging, providing us with different takes on the legends we all know and enjoy.  While some shows are much better than others, casting a lead who has already stolen our hearts as a bad boy vampire is not such a bad idea…

While you may feel like the story behind V Wars has been done over and over again, it does have redeeming qualities that make it a somewhat entertaining watch.

The show began streaming episodes on Netflix as of December 5th 2019 and currently features ten episodes for season one.  It stars Ian Somerhalder (LOST, The Vampire Diaries), Adrian Holmes, Jackie Lai, Kimberly-Sue Murray and Laura Vandervoort (Bitten).

We follow Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder) after he is exposed to a virus, which surfaced from the ice after a climate change.  After being quarantined with his best friend, Michael Fayne, Dr. Swann starts to realize that a deadly infection has been released, turning people into vampires, or Bloods, as they like to be called.

If you are a fan of shows like The Passage and The Strain, you will most likely be entertained by V Wars, but if you are looking for a more romanticized view on vampires, you may want to pass on this one.  

The Pros:

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Did I mention Ian Somerhalder?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Somerhalder, but I was slightly worried that his character would feel like a ripoff of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, but this is a completely new character and role for Somerhalder.  Dr. Luther Swann is our main protagonist and I have to say that I absolutely fell in love with the glasses!

Overall, I thought that Somerhalder did an excellent job with the role.  There were times where I felt like his reaction was somewhat strange and repetitive, but as the episodes continued, he showed more and more potential.

More Laura Vandervoort please!

I am a fan of hers as well and I thought that her character, Mila, had the most potential.  She gave me a Buffy Summers vibe for a little bit, trying to even the score and possessing some bad-ass qualities of her own.

That being said, I’m not sure why we kept her story in the background for the majority of the episodes.  Somerhalder and Vandervoort stole the show for me and it looks like we are set up for a potential team up if we get a season two.

Violent vampires with some much needed gore.

I actually like that the show went in a different direction, focusing more on the Bloods having an infection.  This gave it a Sci-Fi feel, but I think this actually helped the show stand out a little bit more.  The connections to DNA were interesting and the paranoia and extreme measures from the government made you really think twice about things.

Plus, there was plenty of gore, although the vampires seemed to be all over the place and very messy!  Either way, I loved the gore!

The Cons:

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Confusing setup for supporting characters.

The show actually has a talented and extremely attractive cast, which worked in its favor, but I was confused when new characters were introduced.  Other than the characters of Dr. Swann and Michael Fayne, I constantly had to check to make sure I was still watching the same show when we started following other characters.

I thought this was sloppy and careless.  These supporting characters actually had a lot of potential so this was frustrating, as I felt like I had to go back several times to make sure I didn’t miss something.

Soap opera nonsense.

I’m all for a guilty pleasure, but sometimes it felt like we just randomly started a sex scene to see Somerhalder with his shirt off (not that I’m complaining) rather than to advance a plot or to develop relationships and characters.  The plot and soap opera drama felt tiresome at times, but I think that the cast redeemed it as much as they could.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!  Let’s be honest, I was going to be in no matter what as soon as I saw that Ian Somerhalder was starring in this show.  That being said, I went into this show with very low expectations, fearing that we may have another I-Land disaster on our hands.  However, the show was surprisingly entertaining and fast-paced.

Yes, there were a lot of things that frustrated me and so much of it could have been presented better, but I thought the show was binge-watch worthy.  Is this the best show I have seen about vampires?  Absolutely not, but if you go into it ready for a watered down version of The Strain, you will be entertained.

Also, we are left with a major cliffhanger at the end and I would love to see Somerhalder and Vandervoort continue to team up for a season two if we get one!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on V Wars in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 7: “I Kill Monsters”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 7, it may be true that “no one’s innocent,” but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care so much.  After all, that can often separate the good guys from the bad guys and when it comes down to it, someone has to be the one to set things right.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Last Call,” Dean catches up with an old friend named Leo, played by the amazing Christian Kane.  Meanwhile, Castiel returns to help Sam, but things take a turn for the worse when Sergei the Shaman gets involved.

My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 7 are:

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“Are you two hung over?”

I guess I wasn’t too off about Sam and Eileen.  Now that Eileen is alive, she is spending quite a bit of time with Sam and it’s clear that there are some feelings floating around here.

Sam tells Dean that it’s not like that with her, but Castiel ends up interrupting a moment between them when Sam holds her hand, so I guess romance is not off the table just yet.

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“I’m ready to help.”

When Castiel returns, he is ready to help, explaining to Sam that there may be some of his soul inside of Chuck.  When Sam fired the gun, a piece of his essence was apparently fired off as well, which sort of explains the link.

Castiel wants to probe/study the wound to find out more, but it looks like he is going to have to turn to an old frenemy to do so…

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“You ever regret it…walking away?”

Dean decides to take on a case by himself and heads out to Texhoma County, Texas, where a girl named Angela has gone missing after leaving B’s Sugar Bar.  Dean winds up at a bar named Swayze’s and is reunited with an old friend, Leo, played by Angel’s Christian Kane.

Apparently Leo used to know Dean’s dad and Dean hasn’t seen him since college, but he used to hunt with them, so he is aware that monsters exist.  Dean and him spend the night catching up with some fun stories and we even get to witness Dean putting on a show stopping number with Leo, so I call that a win!

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“I think we can beat God.”

After Sergei the Shaman double crosses Castiel, Sam is in great danger, but starts having these flashes where he sees Chuck’s memories.  Sergei is after the key of death (The Black Key) from the Men of Letters, but Castiel proves to be quite formidable when he shows Sergei a picture of his niece, threatening her life if he does not help Sam.

Perhaps Castiel has a future in the Russian mob after all, but Sergei does what he is told and Sam is right back where he started, still having the bullet wound.

All is not lost; however, as Sam suddenly realizes that Chuck is actually weak and they may be able to beat him now.

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“I kill monsters…”

Christian Kane is no stranger to playing the bad guy, as we later find out that he is keeping a demon locked up and is feeding it victims to maintain money and power.  Dean takes out the demon with little effort because he’s Dean Winchester and we get a showdown between him and Leo.

After running out of bullets, Dean decides to get creative with his weapon choice and goes for a pool cue stick.  Dean can’t simply look the other way here even though he used to be friends with Leo.  Right before he dies, Leo asks Dean why he cares so much and he explains that “someone has to.”

I thought this moment was really important for Dean once again.  Even though the world is filled with monsters, Dean continues to fight the good fight while caring about others, which is easier said than done sometimes, but that’s why he is our hero!

Stay tuned SPN family!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 8: Candy Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 8 last night, I realized that a girl’s gotta look her best for Purge Night.  The right tutu, the right accessories, and of course the right weapons to really give you a killer look!

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Before the Sirens,” we approach Purge Night, as Ryan and Esme begin to execute their plan to make things right.  Meanwhile, Ben embraces his inner psycho and Marcus and Michelle get some last minute visitors before the annual Purge begins.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 8 are:

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“We gotta get through the night.”

Easier said than done, especially when we see how many citizens are getting ready to release their inner Purge.  I absolutely loved the opening sequence and thought it was a really fun Easter egg, bringing us back to the “Candy Girls” from The Purge:  Election Year I mean, she just wants her candy bar…

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It seems like a lot of kids are inspired by The Campus Killer as well, wearing his God mask with pride, but the NFFA wants to be careful about promoting “off Purge violence.”

Either way, this should be a fun night filled with killer festivities, but I’m anxious to see how our main characters handle the pressure!

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“No matter what happens tonight, I gotta keep you safe.”

Kind words from Marcus to his son, Darren, right before he breaks his arm.  Marcus explains that the only way to keep his son safe from the NFFA is to get him into the hospital with a real injury.  Hospitals are off limits during Purge Night, but we know that the NFFA is used to cutting corners to eliminate any threats to their vision and operation.

Marcus seems to have gotten over the shock and revelation from last week’s episode and is now ready to stand up to everyone, realizing that they will never stop until he does.

Go Marcus!

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“So if this is our last meal, we should clear the air.”

Marcus and Michelle take a quick moment to have one last meal together, as Michelle prepares Marcus a sushi dinner to bring them back to their first date.  Marcus and Michelle seem to be getting along quite well now, but did anyone else wonder if Michelle might have just poisoned Marcus?

I guess I’ve never really trusted her from the start even though I want to!  But there’s always another twist…

Marcus’s ex-wife shows up at the door, claiming that she wants to help out on this Purge Night and Marcus seems to appreciate the gesture, but is surprised when he notices that the hit on him has been taken down.

Only things aren’t that simple, as we realize that the neighbors want to Purge Marcus themselves, so this should be interesting.

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“I don’t think he’s sad anymore…”

No, it seems like Ben has embraced full on psycho mode, as he shaves his head and rocks out to death metal music to prepare for Purge Night. This is Ben’s night, but his fraternity brothers start to realize that perhaps Ben is acting a little bit too strange.

Did it really take you guys this long to notice this?

Turner leads the group and reminds them not to let Ben back in the house…only Ben’s already inside and decides to take his rage out on his fraternity brothers, leading to a deadly game of Beer Pong that may make you think twice about drinking on campus…

It looks like Ben has bigger plans for the cowardly Turner, so we will have to see how this goes, but I think it’s safe to say that Ben has completely stepped over to the dark side now.

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“Let’s go get our boy!”

Ryan and Esme continue to be adorable together, but it looks like Esme is hiding her ultimate plan from Ryan.  Esme understands that she is putting everything on the line to take down the NFFA and it’s clear that she doesn’t want Ryan to get caught in the crossfire, but she’s going to need some serious backup, even though I love my girl Vivian!

Ryan’s double cross with the Jackals works like a charm and the corrupt captain is killed after they jam the plane signal too early, so it looks like his plan is working.  But now they need to break out Tommy, so we’ll have to see how this goes.

And as for Esme, well she needs to worry about this $500,000 bounty on her head.  Watch out girl!  The NFFA is coming for you!

It looks like our last two episodes of the season will focus completely on Purge Night, so our main characters will need to pull out all the stops if they want to survive.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Zomboat!” on Hulu: Zombies can’t swim…can they?

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

It seems like the zombie apocalypse trend may be here to stay, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Now that TWD is taking a break until February, you may be going through some zombie withdrawal.

Fear not, as Zomboat! is the perfect show to provide you with some campy zombie apocalypse fun, while even making mention of the great and powerful Rick Grimes!

The UK show began streaming episodes on Hulu as of October 25th 2019 and currently features six episodes for season one.  It stars Leah Brotherhead, Cara Theobold, Hamza Jeetooa, and Ryan McKen.  We follow a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse occurs in Birmingham, as they decide to escape using…a canal boat.

If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Anna and the Apocalypse, you will feel right at home with this horror comedy, but is Zomboat! original enough to find its own identity?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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The dynamic between sisters Kat and Jo is fantastic.

You will immediately fall in love with these two, as they battle the zombie apocalypse while bringing us some welcomed dark comedy.  The banter between them is hilarious and they are really believable as sisters, as you start to root for them from the very start of the show.

Short episodes.

Each episode runs a little under 25 minutes, which makes binge-watching this show really easy.  The episodes are fast-paced and I’m glad they went with the shorter length because this show could easily go off track, but it stays on point, which I appreciated.

References to your favorite zombie shows and movies!

If you are thinking about watching this show, you are most likely a fan of the zombie genre and this show does a great job of presenting the audience with these references.

From The Walking Dead to Contagion, you will be chuckling quite a bit during the conversations, which gave this show a very real feel to me.

Sure, it’s the zombie apocalypse and all, but maybe we should be planning out our strategy according to how we play Call of Duty?  Either way, this was a lot of fun!

The Cons:

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There’s nothing too original about the zombies.

While the show goes out of its way to point out some of the flaws of zombie shows and movies we love, they don’t really do anything drastically different here.  You can’t kill the zombies in Zomboat! in traditional fashion and we do get some interesting twists thrown our way, but the interactions with the zombies were very routine.

That being said, we do get some hilarious fights and some interesting choices of weapon, but if you are looking for something really unique or different in the genre, I’m not sure that you will find it here.

So am I in or out? 

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I’m in!  I went into this show without any real expectations and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  The dark sarcastic humor was spot on for me even if I wasn’t laughing out loud hysterically all the time. 

We are left with a huge cliffhanger at the end, so I am hoping we get a second season soon, but I would love to hang out with Kat and Jo during the zombie apocalypse, although we might need to change up our wardrobe a little bit.

If you are looking for some zombie fun or a quick show to binge-watch while all of your other shows go on break, this is the perfect one for you!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Zomboat! in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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