Netflix TV Show Review – Black Summer Season Two

IMDb summary - In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.
JulieGJuly 1, 202170/1007 min
Year of Release
8 Episodes
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Rating Summary
The second season of Black Summer takes the brutality and struggle of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies to new heights with new survivors, and untold bloody, nihilistic stories of survival.
Black Summer Season Two

For anyone who hasn’t seen Black Summer, in simple terms, it’s a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic TV show about different groups of survivors banding together against flesh-eating zombies. Each episode is broken up into different “chapters”. These chapters might highlight a particular person or group of people. Or the chapter might refer to something that someone says in the show. Each chapter is relatively short, so you could sit through several of these chapters in one episode. This format puts a unique spin on the over-saturated “zombie apocalypse” genre of movies and TV shows. And it works.

This season focuses again on two survivors – Rose (played by Jamie King) and her daughter Anna (played by Zoe Marlett). Picking up directly from the end of the first season, Rose and Anna are now the only ones left from their group of survivors from the previous season. It is going to be a hard struggle to stay safe without the numbers they once had. Survival is the only thing that matters, and this is highlighted many times throughout the season. The harshness of winter is also a new element in this season which pushes our mother and daughter team to extremes. As the season progresses, we jump from Rose and Anna to other bands of people struggling to survive, fighting and dying for necessities like food and water.

To say this show is bleak would be an understatement. It often seems that just as something positive happens, there are suddenly many things that go wrong all at once. This forces some people beyond breaking point, and as a result, they commit heinous crimes against other people, all in the name of survival. It doesn’t pay to get attached to characters in this show, just saying.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you will most likely enjoy Black Summer. Black Summer focuses more on the survival aspects than the comradery and relationships between characters that The Walking Dead does so well. This again gives it a unique touch; it’s not trying to be something we’ve already seen.

There’s a sustained sense of desperation in Black Summer that gives it an edge compared to other shows in the same genre. It’s almost too real at times. There’s gore and brutality of all descriptions and a lot of people shooting each other all over the place. One of the highlights of this season and one of my favourite scenes involves about 30 people shooting off their guns at anything that moves, including each other! And this is also where we meet Sun (played by Christine Lee), who is also featured throughout the season as another survivor to watch. Her story is even more harrowing than Rose and Anna’s.

One of the best things about this show is that you never know what will happen next. Each chapter brings an entirely new challenge to the survivors: the weather, the zombies, or just other people trying to survive.

It makes total sense that Black Summer returned for a second season, and we’re hoping that there will still be many more survival stories to tell. Here’s hoping it gets renewed for a third season.

Written by Julie and reviewed for Keithlovesmovies

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