Zombies. There was a time when the genre was dying out. We’d seen fast zombies, Bill Murray zombies, and even zombies in love. I am here to tell you the next iteration of zombies is here, and it exists in easily digestible ten-minute episodes. What am I talking about? The zombie comedy series on Amazon Bunkheads. It’s a bit like 10 Cloverfield Lane with zombies and humor and no psychotic John Goodman. There are a few awkward bite checks which are necessary to prevent any of those freak-out moments like when Jesse Eisenberg’s character is assaulted by the neighbor/girl of his dreams.
So where do the comparisons to 10 Cloverfield Lane come in? Well, for one our post-apocalyptic group of survivors are made up of Kip, Cash, Matt, and Danny. They all look like twenty to thirty-something millennials. Which means to me that when s**t hits the fan this is the optimum helpless in distress group. Kip wants to be the next greatest rapper in the vein of the greats as he puts it. So, you know Vanilla Ice, and Eminem. Cash is biracial or at least looks biracial. There is a running gag about that in one episode. One thing for sure is he’s adopted. Matt had a wife and kid before the dead started coming back to life. Now he goes on risk-taking exploratory missions into the world of the dead to hopefully find his family, dead or alive. If they’re dead, Matt wants to at least get the chance to kill them and put them out of a brain-eating existence. Finally, there is Danny. She is the sole female of the group throughout most of the episodes. I won’t spoil anything but there is a hilarious moment when Danny must bite check a new arrival to the bunker.
Speaking of which these survivors are winging it by the seat of their pants. They are literally back to back holding brooms and sticks to ward off the undead when they meet Mr.Kim and he invites them down into his post-war bunker. Sadly, that’s all we get of Mr. Kim. Folks have a short expiration date when zombies are involved.
For me, the series works by cramming these millennials into one space and exploring topics we are dealing with today in relationships and politics. Many zombie movies spend an inordinate amount of time trying to deal with a ppost-zombie world where, by some miracle, all the things that cause interpersonal conflict are dropped. It’s like most forays into the zombie world follow the Ronald Raegan ethos, which is characterized by a quote from him at the U.N. general assembly back in 1987..
“In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world. And yet I ask – is not an alien force already among us?”
That sounds familiar right? Humanity drops their differences and unites against a common enemy. Thankfully Bunkheads knows that the best and humorous conflict is the human kind. I mean don’t you want to know how a group of survivors plans to repopulate the world with just the four of them? If situational comedy is your thing then tune into Bunkheads on Amazon. The six ten minute episodes zip by and will leave you looking forward to season 2.
FINAL GRADE: C+
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