Nuclear Annihilation, Bounty Hunters and Live Nude Girls
Syfy’s Z Nation is back for season two
Season 2, Ep. 1 – ‘The Murphy‘ | Aired Sept 11, 2015
by TS Alan
Last year’s Z Nation finale ‘Doctor of the Dead; left fans hanging with a looming nuclear holocaust triggered by Murphy. It also left fans with many questions: Will Doc survive his gunshot wound, will Cassandra become full on zombie, and how the hell are they going to handle the nuclear missiles bearing down on everyone? All those questions and more were answered in the season two premiere, which seemed to veer from season one’s dark humor and tone to more camp and cheese, which The Asylum producers are known for (Atlantic Rim / 18-Year-Old Virgin / Titanic 2) — but ‘The Murphy’ does not disappoint.
The season two premiere starts exactly where last season’s ‘Doctor of the Dead;” concluded — with tactical nuclear missiles inbound. There’s no last second reprieve from nuclear annihilation, with exception for Citizen Z and Pup up at the Northern Lights listening station. The base’s self-defense system is automatically activated and intercepts the nuclear missile before detonation. However, the explosion still manages to destroy most the base and thaws out some of its former frozen inhabitants that now want to make a meal out of Simon Cruller a.k.a. “Citizen Z” and his canine companion. As for the rest of Team Z, they all survive, even Doc whose wound wasn’t as severe as it appeared. Through a few trials and tribulations most of the scattered members manage to reconnect with each another, and they set out to find Murphy and get him to his destination. However, it is going to be more difficult than they can imagine. First off Murphy doesn’t want to be found. He’s tired of being the center of saving the world and knows full well what’s in store for him if he gets to a CDC location. Then there’s Citizen Z’s plan…
What Team Z and Murphy don’t realize at first is that since Citizen Z has lost contact with all of them, he has sent out an emergency broadcast telling anyone listening to be on the lookout for Murphy and announces that the CDC will hand out cures and large bounties for Murphy’s safe delivery, which is a non-existent reward. Murphy is the first to discover the bounty on his head, as he and his entourage of zombies are out scavenging for clothing at a thrift shop when he is confronted by a survivor who wants to take him in for the bounty. The bounty hunter’s plan is thwarted, though, when Cassandra appears and impales him. Cassandra appears to be a half zombie half human, compliments from Murphy’s bite in last season’s finale. Murphy tells Cassandra not to give the man “mercy”, and turns him into his personal zombie assistant, and then they set out to find a place to hold up.
The comedic element comes into play to where Cassandra and Murphy have made their hideout. In a nod to the film Zombie Strippers!, they take refuge in a strip club. When the rest of Team Z catches up, Doc figuring out Murph’s hiding spot, Murphy makes them watch a zombie mind controlled stripper show, which is interrupted by a bounty hunter who plans on auctioning Murphy off to the highest bidder. Gunfire erupts and Murphy let’s his club full of mind controlled zombies loose, so he and Cassandra can make their escape.
Finally, Roberta and Team Z resolve to find Murphy and get him to California. “We’re going to find Murphy. Get him to California. And they’re going to make a vaccine and save the world,” Roberta states, as she loads her pistol. “Then declares, “And I’m going to kill any bounty hunter that gets in my way.”
Meanwhile, Serena, a Sister of Mercy member (where Addy took refuge), who had intercourse with Murphy is now pregnant. She is crossing the countryside with the zombie baby in her womb giving her direction in search of Murphy, adding another interesting subplot.
I’m all for The Murphy this season. Murphy has come along way from that whining all about me character of season one. Okay, it’s still mostly all about him, but this season he has reason and it appears he is capable of some modicum decency and humanity, he’s protecting Cassandra, which shows it’s not just about him anymore.