Thanks to ‘Veronica Mars’, Rob Thomas has a lot of respect and influence in the television industry. When he announced his next project, a lot of people took notice. When it was said to be something called ‘iZombie’, this Examiner took notice.
Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore (Rose McIver) is a medical student who finds herself changed after surviving a fatal boat party where she emerges with a hunger for human brains. Soon after, she gets the perfect job, working as a coroner. Liv can eat all the brains she wants and no one is the wiser. Well, except for her boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kholi) who helps her and wants to find a cure for…being a zombie.
The other important detail is that Liv gains the memories/skills/personalities of the people whose brains she eats. Many of these poor people died because of some suspicious causes and Liv takes it upon herself to solve these murders. She also comes up with myriad ways to prepare and consume brains. Foodies, take note.
All the while, there is a helpful yet in-the-dark Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) who tends to sniff around the city’s murders, Liv’s hunky ex-fiancee who she conceals her condition from, and a creepy zombie antagonist who may be the cause of this whole fiasco.
Right off the bat, the concept is clever. It combines the ever-popular zombies with the episodic allure of solving mysteries while allowing for character/relationship growth. That is a lot to juggle, but this does it rather well. Also, since the source material predated a lot of the zombie television craze, this is more than simply some uninspired cash-in.
We are given a fairly light tone throughout though there are some violent sequences. This aired on the CW, so don’t expect cable level leniency with that sort of thing. At the same time, this also allows some darkness to creep in.
McIver is quite appealing as our undead lead. The interpretation of zombies who are highly functioning (as long as they eat regularly) and superhuman in strength and ability is certainly different from the decomposing slugs we are used to.
Special features include: deleted scenes and the 2014 Comic Con Panel.
‘iZombie’ is a promising series that benefits from a clever premise, a likeable lead and enough fun ingredients blended together. This first season succeeds in making us look forward to year two.
Not Rated 780 Minutes 2015