Zombieverse Review 2023 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Firstly, let’s make something clear: “Zombieverse” is very, very, very different from any other zombie media you’ve likely seen. It’s meant to be a “reality” show, meaning the content is unscripted. Just like how improv comedy shows have a much different feel to them than scripted comedy standup shows, the same rings true here.
The biggest issue most people will encounter is the lack of emersion for the viewer. They did what they could to help with this — e.g., it appears they intentionally avoided closeups and instead stuck to primarily wide-angle views. When interesting things happen, it seems like they do some clever editing to make it feel more real to the viewer. At times, it’s possible they even recreated events that took place if they didn’t play out well on camera.
Still, while the actors are in character, they do let reality bleed through. This is, however, intentional. Without this, the idea wouldn’t work.
In essence, what I mean by that is that you can tell something about the acting is “off”, in addition to the unscripted nature of the show. For one, if you see a zombie in real life and decide to hit it over the head with something to kill it, you’re not going to hold back. They know the zombies are all also actors, so they are very limited in the actions they can take. This is why there is a lot of grabbing, pushing, and pulling and less actual violence. The lack of lethal actions against the zombies creates a subconscious breaking of emersion for the viewer.
Overall, however, the show does what it’s supposed to. Rather than watching a fantasy/horror TV show about zombies, the show becomes far more entertaining when you instead view it more as a game show. To win, they not only have to beat the game (not turn into a zombie), but also stay in character. Breaking character would inevitably result in a loss for the contestant. With this perspective, it’s honestly brilliant and incredibly entertaining.
In addition, many of the reactions are genuine, especially when it comes to jump scares. While there isn’t any real “fear” in the sense of “I’m afraid of being eaten by a zombie”, jump scares are still just as scary as a friend hiding behind a door to jump out and scare you. There’s no danger, but the reaction is still fully real.
The humor is also incredible as the contestants let reality “leak through”, as I mentioned before. This makes it clear that they aren’t trying to “trick” the viewer into feeling like they’re encountering real zombies, which would be a bit of an insult to the viewer. That’s not the goal, however, hence the unrealistic humorous moments are frequent and 100% natural. Given that many contestants are known comedians, this was very clearly intentional, and a brilliant idea.
Also, I feel like a lot of non-native reviewers are basing their reviews on the English dub. I haven’t watched Zombieverse with subs and original audio, but in almost all cases (especially with live action), they have to balance lip syncing with logical and fluid sentences. They tend to prioritize good lip syncing, meaning sometimes sentence structures can feel unnatural. This is a side-effect of dubbing that will exist until AI is used to automatically change the lip movements of the characters (not generate the actual voice acting, however; we want to keep that industry human for as long as we can).