Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sketchy & Skeezy Make Out in "Z Nation" Season 4!

It's been a while since I've watched "Z Nation." I wrote about the program back in 2016 when I first discovered the show on Netflix, but "Z Nation" is actually a Syfy original program... which I never remember to watch when it first airs! The 4th season dropped on Netflix on Friday and I just finished binge-watching the season about an hour ago.

I'm still digesting this latest season. Something happened at the very beginning of the season to Red and Sun Mei that left me scratching my head. Apparently, at least Sun Mei will return for Season 5 later this year so we should figure it out. But it was a weird way to start the season -- and a weird plot development to forget about for the rest of the season! Also, the character Addy shows up pretty prominently on all of the Season 4 promotional artwork for somebody who only appeared in two episodes.

Here was the Season 4 focus: Robert woke up from a coma in the protected country of Zona. Given that it's the Apocalypse, she and Murphy are quickly forced to evacuate. But he begins having these horrific fiery visions pulling her (and her friends) eastward to save mankind from the Black Rainbow. Of course, nothing turns out as it should at the end of the season, but that's pretty much how things always turn out on "Z Nation!"

But I'm actually hear to write about Sketchy and Skeezy tonight! They are a pair of opportunistic weapons dealers and hucksters who have periodically appeared on the program since the show first began.

They appeared again in a Season 4 episode titled "Frenemies." Doc and Murphy find themselves overwhelmed by some sort of toxic foam in Chicago and end up seeking cover within a working barbershop. Sketchy and Skeezy were both there and they were doing their best to discourage our friends from sticking around. And it definitely ended up being some sort of trap -- which should have been obvious from the start given that they were in a working barbershop in the middle of the Apocalypse and given that Sketchy and Skeezy are complete trouble-magnets!

True to form, Sketchy and Skeezy were trying to pull a con on the proprietors of barbershop. Sketchy makes it appear that Skeezy got bit by a zombie and sets it up so that Skeezy gets tossed from the business. But first, Sketchy needs to pass a key on to his partner. So before Skeezy gets tossed out into the foam...

Yes, Sketchy secretly passed a key to his buddy during their kiss. Of course, Skeezy is now completely smitten.

Of course, their con almost got ruined because of a past con...

By the end of the episode, all of the incidental villains were dead, our main characters were traveling further eastward, and Skeezy and Sketchy were finally able to live out their lifelong dream of running a barbershop!

However, ever since the kiss, the guys seem to be living at cross-purposes within their relationship:

I really want to see what happens next for this pair. I definitely don't see their lives as hucksters over, but I really hope that they take the next step forward together as a romantic couple. Sadly, I don't see that happening. If nothing else, I'm sure that Skeezy will moon over his buddy while Sketchy continues chasing after the ladies. But a guy can hope, right?

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