Zombieland The Series (2013) Season 1 Episode 1 Review
Released : April 19th, 2013
Reviewed : April 21st, 2013
Genre : TV Series
So after the news of a Zombieland TV Series being made by the same people that made the film was announced everyone was skeptical, then the news that it wouldn’t star anyone from the film made us worried, and the news about it being only on Amazon wasn’t anymore reassuring to say the least. Thankfully though after Amazon released the pilot for free I can happily say that this is a whole letter better than everyone expected.
The story is pretty much a continuation of the movies one where Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock travel around together in the zombie filled post apocalyptic world known as “Zombieland”. It’s not a deep story with most of the tender moments related to the despair of not having tons of people around but it works still. Thankfully the humor returns too. It may be often juvenile but again in the scenario of the series the raunchy often one liners work. The series also sees the “Zombieland Survival Rules” make its return though I feel like they were underused for this episode. We only saw a few of them and one of them was displayed several times during the episode. Each episode might showcase one particular one each time but I think using more would help out a lot.
Casting was one thing that really worried most for this show and thankfully they nailed it for the most part. Kirk Ward as Tallahassee plays the same over the top emotional yet angry leader he did in the film while Tyler Ross as Columbus plays the identical role Jesse Eisenberg did in the film. Little Rock so far has done her role well enough though more development down the line will show that more. Maiara Walsh as Wichita though has me on the fence. She acts just like Emma Stone in the film but down the line I feel like she won’t have the same effect Emma Stone.
What everyone wanted from the show though was the violence and gore mixed with the humor that made Zombieland such a huge hit movie and thankfully this delivers. Keeping the same writers between the movie and show was a good thing but we will just have to see how the show does being available only on Amazon. As far as the first episode goes I think at this rate it will do great and I recommend it to everyone.