Directors: Kevin Abrams, Chris Hall, Tony E. Valenzuela.
Writers: Chris Hall, Tony E. Valenzuela.
Cast: Brandon Bowen, Yousef Erakat, Rahat Hossain, Shanna Malcolm, Raya Moab, Dennis Roady and more.
This zombie film fan had an opportunity to watch Episode #2 ("Help is Found") and Episode #3 ("Safe No More") of "Fight of the Living Dead." A review of these episodes is available here. This series was developed by a host of production houses, including: Alpine Labs, Ketchum Labs and Revolver Picture Company. The series is being shown exclusively on the BlackBox TV Youtube Channel. And, this is a reality show set in a fictional zombie scenario, or apocalypse. Each show puts several Youtube stars through a series of challenges, while the undead claw at them, from every corner. Episode #2 and #3 are only twenty minutes each, which might make zombie fans wonder if the episodes are worth paying for. This viewer enjoyed both episodes, but they are over pretty quickly.
This show focuses on ten people and a series of tasks. Each must work together, to survive a simulated zombie apocalypse. All of the participants have found some security in a safe room, which they found in Episode #1 ("It Begins!"). In Episode #2, they must repair a video feed. They find a planted actor, along the way. In Episode #3, they must acquire a set of coils, for the Order project. This project is more of a weapon, which will destroy all of the zombies, who lurk in the many darkened halls. Events, in all of the episodes, do not go as planned.
The objectives create much of the havoc. For instance, when Rahat Hossain, Yousef Arakat and Dennis Roady set out to repair the video feed, everything goes well - for awhile. They find a backpack and a plastic crate full of supplies. But, there is a zombie patient strapped to a nearby wheelchair. After they repair the feed and the cameras are working, a musical interlude is piped in through the sound system. This incenses the zombies. It is a quick dash back to the safe zone. But, one character does not make it back, thanks to a very aggressive attacker. Similarly, a search for a video tape causes more challenges. The first video is a decoy and the characters are forced to return to a darkened lab. Here, another character is too slow to start her escape, when zombies emerge from every nook and cranny. The objectives offer the most action and conflict in the series.
The episodes are hard to recommend payment for; each is very short. Episode #2 clocks in at a mere twenty-one minutes. Episode #3 is equally short. Meanwhile, each episode, after the premiere, is locked behind a paywall. In Canada, the fee is only 2 to 3 dollars. But, the episodes are over so quickly that you will not get much digital bang for your hard earned dollars. Other digital services or offerings, like Netflix, provide hundreds of hours of streaming videos, for just eight dollars. Or, you can rent a two hour film through many Video-on-demand platforms for a reasonable price of 3 to 4 bucks (sometimes less). This viewer would have liked to see episodes of 40 minutes, to motivate other zombie fans to reach for their wallets.
There are at least four episodes in Season #2 of "Fight of the Living Dead" and each has been entertaining, so far. Episode #3 previewed a zombie horde attack on the characters' refuge, in Episode #4. The shear panic on the stars' faces will make most laugh. As well, in these early episodes, there is a great deal of action. Scenarios have been well thought out. And, characters must work together to complete objectives; this is not as easy as it sounds. Though short at twenty plus minutes, zombie fans, with a few dollars lying around, might want to delve deeper into this reality series. Each episode is more terrifying than the last.
Overall: 7.25 out of 10.
Episode #1, at thirty-eight minutes, is available for free - here:
Episode #1 of "Fight of the Living Dead"
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