Black summer is an American horror series created by Karl Schaefer & John Hyams. The show is set in the midst of a zombie apocalypse six weeks after the world has fallen apart. Our main lead & mother by the name of Rose played by Jaime King is in search of her daughter after a dispute with the military breaks out & the loss of her husband. The show plays as almost an anthology series giving you different point of views from different characters who each are going through their own turmoil & eventually are bought together as means for survival. Throughout the course of the show we learn just how dangerous & real a Zombie apocalypse can actually be if it were to happen today.
This show does not hold your hand at all, or play the same trope we’ve tend to see in a lot zombie films or television shows in the past such as the hero being a daredevil trying to save the day & magically always happens to survive the most impossible situations. No… This is a very different kind of show entirely, & you’ll learn that from the very first episode. It gets raw, it gets brutal, but most of all it’s realistic. That’s what made it so much fun to watch. You actually begin to invest yourself in these characters, & genuinely care for what happens next because you start to visually see yourself in them just based on how honest their written. The story does not favor or cater to anyone, & is about a single mother who goes through hell & back to find her daughter & is willing to do whatever it takes to find her way back to her & it does it in a way that is both believable, but still very much entertaining enough to keep you on edge. I felt like I was right there in the apocalypse trying to think about what I would do if I too was in same the situation.
The show also has a really likable cast with other names such as Julius James played by Justin Chu Cary who’s a criminal that is forced to take on the identity of a military man due to a dispute with his team. Sun played by Christine Lee who’s a Korean woman that doesn’t speak English & is on a search for her mother. William Velez, played by Sal Velez who’s a man on a search for his sister & children in Texas, & lastly Lance played by Kelsey Flower who’s a young survivor just trying to make ends meet.
It’s a great binge watch & gives you a different outlook on the zombie genre than you may have never seen before. It’s intense, thrilling, & doesn’t slow down until the very last minute of the final episode. A joy from beginning to end, & worth the time. Anyone that’s a fan of horror will love the hell out of this show. I guarantee it! All I can hope for now is that Netflix will eventually renew it for a season 2, because damn it’s earned it. Haven’t had this much fun watching a Zombie series in a long while. Very glad I gave it a chance and checked it out. Go watch Black Summer now! All 8 episodes are currently streaming on Netflix. You won’t regret it. Hope you enjoyed this review, & let us know your thoughts on the show by sending us a tweet on Twitter, or messaging us on Facebook. Enjoy the rest of your week, & see y’all next time.