Death Valley starts off with a zombie rushing out of a building and being chased by two cops. Who are then chased by a film crew that is filming them. There is a lot of shaky camerawork and then we catch up with them and the zombie turns around and the two cops shoot it in the head. As they say, that escalated quickly.
Even before the two cops start talking about choco-tacos, you know that Death Valley is not going to take itself very seriously. And that turns out to be a good thing. This is a funny show and after a few episodes, I was already disappointed that Death Valley was canceled after Season 1.
One year ago… vampires, werewolves, and zombies descended upon California’s San Fernando Valley. Authorities remain baffled by their origins. These are the stories of the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops.
I wouldn’t strictly call Death Valley a zombie TV show because there are also werewolves and vampires. They all get some screen time but vampires are the main foes because they are intelligent. They also seem to be able to control the zombies telepathically. New zombies are quite fast but they get slower, the longer they are dead. In one episode they show some zombie street fights like the bum fights you might have seen on the internet.
A bullet to the head is still the quickest way to kill a zombie but you can beat them repeatedly on the head until they go down. The zombie make-up is pretty good too.
The best thing about the show is the dialog, though. It’s quite funny and my favorite character is Capt. Frank Dashell played by Bryan Callen.
Anybody know what tonight is? Do not tell me it is the season finale of Glee. I fuckin’ hate that show. – Capt. Frank Dashell
It turns out to be the one year anniversary of the first zombie sighting. Frank is the Captain of the UTF (Undead Task Force) and we follow them as they police the zombies, vampires, and werewolves. The characters are all one-dimensional characters typical of what to expect from an American sitcom but it works somehow. Even though I would like to see more of this show, a part of me wonders if they could have kept it going for longer.
If you get a chance to watch this, I recommend it. There are twelve episodes of about 20 minutes each but it’s jam-packed with great dialog and has some great zombie deaths.
The cast includes Bryan Callen, Charlie Sanders, Bryce Johnson, Caity Lotz, Tania Raymonde, and Texas Battle.