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There's A Netflix Series Called "Black Summer" That's Stressing Viewers Out, So I Watched It And Here's How It Went

WARNING: Contains spoilers and stress.

Hi, my name is Christopher and while I certainly don't need any additional sources of anxiety, I kept hearing stuff and things about a STRESSFUL new Netflix series called Black Summer.

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I was intrigued and as a fan of The Walking Dead, and apocalyptic stuff in general, I had to give it a watch.

Here's how Netflix describes the series:

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"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."

It doesn't take long for things to get intense — the story begins with a family hastily packing things up and running to a military vehicle for help.

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As things pick up in the first episode, you're introduced to other characters, and there's a title card with a dramatic thud sound when transitioning to different stories.

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I immediately saw two big reasons why this show is considered SO stressful. The first one is that when someone gets killed (and it doesn't involve their head/brain being smashed), they turn into a zombie SUPER FAST after dying.

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You legit couldn't microwave a TV dinner in the time it takes for a dead person to turn.

The second? THE ZOMBIES RUN! And I don't mean the light jog you do when someone far away holds a door open for you — these things chase after folks like they're in a goddamn Olympic Sprint Medley.

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EXAMPLE: The woman in the photo above got hit by a car. She was on the ground gurgling blood for like 10 seconds, died, then got back on her feet in undead form, and began running after people at a speed that would make Usain Bolt feel threatened.

I liked that the first episode showed us a bit of multiple characters' respective stories, then they overlapped and everyone was connected by the end.

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Episode 2 has a different sort of struggle — there's a trio of survivors in a van trying to deal with a language barrier among each other, while also being stalked by a mysterious black truck.

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The driver of the truck becomes increasingly aggressive on the roads, and the episode gets more intense along the way.

Without giving everything away, this episode ends with a couple of rabid zombies chasing a group of characters into an abandoned diner, then trying to bang down the door.

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This is one of those "I have to see what happens next," endings that leads to binge-watching.

So, Episode 3 is called "Summer School" and YOU NEED TO WATCH IT BECAUSE IT'S WHEN THINGS GET EXTREMELY STRESSFUL/CHARACTERS GET WILDLY STUPID.

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Basically, the characters are in a school and there are kids occupying it, doing really weird shit, like standing there, silently staring, then scurrying off.

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If you were in a school filled with kids behaving creepily, you'd want to stay near the people you were with, right? Well, in classic TV trope form, one dummy suggests the group split up.

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Here's the dummy that suggested splitting up just a couple scenes later:

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The rest of the episode will have you on the edge of your seat and you might need to take a break to calm your nerves by the end, but if not...

Episode 4 is called "Alone," and it's like 97% about one character on the run, trying to survive being chased by zombies.

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I found this episode even more stressful than the last, because this character makes some of the most profoundly poor choices. He is an absolute ninny, and it makes it hard to root for him.

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  1. In an effort to showcase this guy's very bad decision making, here's a poll.

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In an effort to showcase this guy's very bad decision making, here's a poll.
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    Turn off the automatic door/lock it.
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    Find something you can use as a weapon.
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    Double-check every area of the store to ensure you're alone.
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    Carefully fill your cart with junk food, then go to a register and pretend you're checking out.

GUESS WHICH ONE OF THOSE THINGS THE NINNY DID?

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Just look at him. After casually strolling around, grabbing snacks, this man brings his cart to the abandoned register and starts putting items on the conveyer belt LIKE THE WORLD ISN'T ON FIRE.

And guess what happens next? A ZOMBIE WANDERS INTO THE AUTOMATIC DOORS.

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Imagine having the opportunity to take refuge in a grocery store during an apocalypse, but instead you pretend to be a customer like your sibling just got a toy cash register and then a zombie comes in and you have to leave all of the safety and water and cereal behind. Shame!

Anyway, dude winds up back on the run, and although his poor decision-making is frustrating to watch, it leads to highly intense moments, so we should appreciate his stupidity.

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Thanks, ninny.

Anyway, this episode is good and so is the next one. I don't want to spoil more because I think you should watch for yourself if you like zombies or suspense or yelling at the characters on your screen!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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STRESSFULNESS: 9/10.

ZOMBIE TV SERIES RATING: 8.5/10.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Walking Dead won't return until October, so if you need a zombie fix, this is definitely an A+ option!

LINE FROM THE SERIES THAT REALLY CONVEYED HOW DIRE THINGS WERE FOR FOLKS ON THE STREETS DURING THE APOCALYPSE: "I'll suck your dick! Whatever you want!"

PREVIOUSLY WATCHED:

How It Ends on Netflix

Set It Up on Netflix

The Kissing Booth on Netflix
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on Amazon Prime

Veronica on Netflix

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Irreplaceable You on Netflix

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