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Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

On the Korean dating show Love Hunter, contestants test a question the show puts forth: “Can a man and a woman who’ve never met fall in love when they get intimate?”

The contestants start by kissing one another on the cheek. But one woman seems to be really getting into it, biting the man in front of her on the neck. Oh, wait. She’s literally biting—and tearing—at the man’s neck. And then she lunges at another person.

Suddenly, the studio is filled with zombies. And it’s up to five celebrities who were invited to watch the event to figure out how to survive the outbreak.

Rule #1: Cardio

Zombieverse is an “unscripted” reality show in which a group of survivors are transported from set piece to set piece and tasked with escaping each location without being infected by a zombie. The contestants must use their wits and work together in order to survive, lest they join the zombie horde that hunts them down. And that means that no one—including and especially the vieweris safe.

And though they have close calls, the survivors prefer flight as opposed to fight. The only ones doing any real damage are the “zombies” themselves, apparently tearing into the bodies of extras and background characters to simulate the frightening environment. And as teeth meet flesh, we’ll often be treated to squirting packs of blood as such people become undead entrées.

Other than the intense amounts of fake blood and the occasional swear word, Zombieverse isn’t nearly as tough of a watch as many other TV-MA shows. Because the acting is unscripted, characters will often laugh about the situation, reeling the horror elements back a bit and reminding the audience of its gameshow reality.

This show is likely one of the least intense depictions of a standard zombie apocalypse that you could watch, so we’ll give it a bit of credit on that regard. Ultimately, though, you probably know what you can expect from a zombie-themed TV series by now—bites, brains and all. If you get squeamish around blood, you might want to skip this one.

Episode Reviews

Aug. 8, 2023 – S1, Ep1: “Episode 1”

In this reality show scenario, a zombie apocalypse breaks out in Seoul, and a group of survivors must work together to survive.

We see plenty of people get tackled and bitten by other zombies, usually resulting in a large gushing of blood from the wound. One woman is bitten on her finger. Throughout, we hear general sounds of crunching and munching as bodies are apparently chomped. A zombie is hit by a car, and someone is slammed through a windshield. A zombie jumpscares the camera.

A dating show asks the question of whether “a man and a woman who’ve never met [can] fall in love when they get intimate?” We see two such couples kiss on the cheek, causing others to say “isn’t this too fast?” in response.

A woman turning into a zombie is asked if she’s intoxicated.

The s-word is used once. We hear four uses of “h—” and one of “d–n.” Contestants also say “crap” and “heck.”

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Kennedy Unthank

Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics. He thinks the ending of Lost “wasn’t that bad.”

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