Okay, just when you think you know where Universal Dead is heading, director Vernon Mortensen and writer Kelly Parks rip the steering wheel out of your (trembling) hands and makes a sharp left turn into the unknown, most likely a cornfield.
After this episode, I’m left wondering where the hell we’re going to end up? The only guarantee I have is that the ride to is going to be anything but predictable.
Did I see what I thought I saw at the end of episode?
The series just keeps on getting better and better. And for once, someone is addressing some of the burning questions that I’ve had since I saw Night of the Living Dead – does a zombie poop? (give me a break, I was twelve). But, from a biological perspective, if the circulatory system doesn’t work, why would the digestive system? How does a zombie derive nutrients from the flesh it consumes? Why does it have to be human flesh? Can a zombie become constipated?
These are subjects that I don’t think George Romero has ever dealt with.
To use thermodynamics and physics as a whole to answer these questions is bloody brilliant! My physicist husband was practically salivating. Not only did the writers use plausible science to drive the story, they actually got it *right*! If it wasn’t for the cannibalism and the profanity, he could use this episode of Universal Dead to teach a senior Physics class.
The flatland theory described by Dr. Vataber (Doug Jones) has been around for at least 100 years – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions was written in1884 by Edwin Abbott Abbott and was described by Isaac Asimov as being “The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions.” It’s been made into several short movies over the years, but it’s nice to see the theory taking front and center in a horror film.
This has me wondering what exactly is the training regimen for the U.S Navy?
Kudos go to Vernon, Kelly and the rest of the crew. The series keeps on getting better and better. Viewers are definitely kept on their toes. Special hat’s off also to Doug Jones for some great comedic timing and especially to Valerie Perez for eating that leg with such gusto. I’m not sure I want to know what it was made out of, but she seemed to enjoy mowing down on it a bit too much.
I can’t wait for the next chapter.