After Syfy’s “Z Nation” became uncharacteristically grounded and dramatic in the second episode of Season 2, it looks like the show is going back to its cuckoo bananas roots for episode 3. According to the episode’s teasers, it looks like the zombie apocalypse is about to get a whole lot more scary and fun for what’s left of Operation Bite Mark.
Now that most of the group has survived the onslaught of mercenaries that were trying to capture Murphy (Keith Allan) and kill the rest, the gang is back together ready to bring the only cure for the zombie apocalypse to California. It should all be smooth sailing for Operation Bite Mark now that they’re clear of the line of fire and armed with the Murphy, who can control the zombies with his mind. Unfortunately, this is “Z Nation” and nothing is that easy. According to TV Guide, the next episode of the camp Syfy series, titled “Zombie Road,” sees the gang make two very new discoveries that will shake up the paradigm with which they cope with the post-zombie and post-nuclear apocalypse.
“Murphy is finally tracked down; the Zs are attacked by superfast zombies known as Blasters; and they are introduced to an ultra-potent strain of marijuana called ‘Z-Weed.’”
In a teaser clip for the upcoming episode, Operation Bite Mark, and two new characters, find themselves in a standoff with a group of apparently white-washed zombies with only Murphy and his mind powers standing between them and being lunch. Unfortunately, this new breed of zombie seems somehow impervious to Murphy’s psychic charms. That, coupled with the fact that they’re somehow extra-speedy, spells some serious trouble for the world’s remaining survivors.
How does one deal with the revelation that zombies are evolving and becoming harder to kill? Apparently, it helps to engage in a little recreational drug use, as that’s what’s going to happen in episode 3. The TV spot for the upcoming episode shows Murphy, Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) and Cassandra (Pisay Pao) trying out a little bit of pot that a stranger reveals to them is called “Z Weed.” While it’s probably not a good idea to accept drugs from strangers in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, these characters have been no stranger to sampling drugs in the past. As seen in Season 1, Doc demonstrates a particular affinity for Mary Jane. Meanwhile, OxyContin has been used several times as a plot device on the show as it’s the only real currency still available in the apocalypse. In addition, the gang seems to be following these mysterious new characters to an even more mysterious safe-haven known only as Edmonton.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear at this time what, if any, major lasting repercussions will come up now that there are new breeds of zombies and weed. Those curious will just have to tune in to “Z Nation” Season 2, episode 3 when it airs Friday night at 10 p.m. EDT on Syfy.