Instant Queue: iZombie

Are you terrified that you have nothing to do today?

Want to be sucked into an abyss of shocking intrigue and great humor?

Well then do I have a show for you!

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iZombie, the zombie-based police procedural with apocalyptic elements brought to us by the CW!

I swear its so much better than it sounds. Also, I seem to have a thing for the CW. Anyway, to the show at hand.

Rob Thomas is a genius. He first gave us “Veronica Mars”, one of the best cult television hits of all time, and took his amazing writing to, along with Diane Ruggiero (also of Veronica Mars), adapt Chris Roberson and Michael Alfred’s obscure DC Vertigo comic book, albeit very loosely. While every part of this show’s screams “Veronica Mars”, it is tonally much more similar to “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” It has the same air of good humor, amazing character development, and an immensely interesting overarching plot.

 

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Rose McIver waking up inside a body bag to find out she is a zombie. Terrifying

 

But what is iZombie about, you are likely asking? Well, here’s its premise (I’ll warn you,it has a lot of facets, so hang tight): High achieving Seattle medical resident Liv Moore (Rose McIver) is struck by awful luck once she gets turned into a zombie at a boat party she never really wanted to go to. Her hair turns white, she goes completely pale, and starts craving the stereotypical brains. She still retains her sanity, though, but needs to find a way to get her brains. How does she do this?

 

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Screenshot from the rocking introduction

 

By getting a job at a morgue! Working side by hilarious boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), she gets her brains. Ravi finds out about her zombie nature relatively quickly and is really cool with it. Then we learn a cool side effect of Liv eating brains: She gains sporadic memories of whoever’s brain she eats which are triggered at random moments, and she also gains aspects of that person’s personality. For example, if she eats a pretentious artist’s brain, she starts spitting poetic language and temporarily is able to paint. So how is this relevant to the show’s plot?

Why along with struggling cop Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), she works as a “psychic consultant” and solves murder cases by eating the victims’ brain!

I swear this show is amazing.

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The best thing about this show to me is the characters that go far beyond the three previously mentioned. There’s snarky villain Blaine (David Anders), badass ex-boyfriend Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley), and best friend Peyton Charles (Aly Michalka), all of which are phenomenal. Major is especially an impressive character, as he breaks the “boring boyfriend” trope and ends up bringing so much intensity and intrigue to the show. Rahul Kohli as Ravi is the most lovable character, though, being a geeky, wise-cracking, and incredibly kind character that doesn’t lack his own action or emotional intrigue. He’s also British, which is awesome.

Each interaction the characters have with each other and the relationships they form are so incredibly strong. Dynamics are formed, like Liv and Clive’s over-the-top buddy cop relationship or Major and Ravi’s close friendship, and each make’s the plot move in an easy-to-watch way.

The overarching plot is also much stronger than one may expect. Season One has so many interesting mysteries, like how was this zombie-like state created, who turned Liv into a zombie, and is a cure possible? All of this occurs while a zombie crime syndicate is working behind the scenes. Season Two becomes even better in ways I almost don’t want to mention, so I’ll be vague: More people are zombies than you may think, there’s an evil corporation fueled by greed and apathy, Liv’s secret becomes less of a secret, and the season finale will be the best episode of television you will ever watch. All of this happens with humor and action thrown in the mix.

If you are not sold by now, there is one aspect of the show I’d like to delve a bit deeper into the uniqueness this show has within its concept, both in its humor and emotional core. The idea of zombiehood is fleshed out in a really intriguing way. It’s given a lot of quirks, from the mundane like not being able to taste anything without copious amounts of hot sauce to the terrifying like “rage mode” (a state where zombies become aggressive and hyper strong), and each aspect is weaved into the story. The aforementioned personality transfer also becomes more prevalent, making a lot of fun gags that keeps the show having some lighthearted aspects(the episode where she eats a stripper’s brain is fantastic). They also use zombiehood for some poignant emotional moments, like Liv struggling with her individuality when she takes on so much of other’s personalities and then she also struggles with her own morality with her zombie status. The first season’s final episode ends in one of the most heartbreaking scenes one could ever see.

 

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Here Liv has eaten the brain of a wannabe superhero. Yep.

 

In short: watch this show. It’s hilarious, sad, action-packed, and interesting all without feeling pretentious or taking itself too seriously. I mean, the main character’s name is Liv Moore and she’s a zombie. How much more charming can you get?  Its second season was recently released on Netflix with its third season coming soon, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Mixtape Review: Young Thug “JEFFERY”

What the hell am I doing?

I mean really.

It’s Young Thug. How could the the rapper the constantly sounds like he has a mouth full of cotton produce anything worth reviewing? Well, recently he released a new mixtape and it is the only recent release that is comparable to Frank Ocean’s Blonde in popularity. So I thought “Hey, maybe it isn’t as bad as you’d expect?”
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Artist Overview: Andre 3000

If you’re a decently big fan of rap and hip-hop as a whole you definitely recognize a few artists as some of the best, whether it be influence, storytelling, technical ability, or anything really. For a while I have viewed five particular artists as the best: Tupac essentially being one of the most influential figures ever as he brought to light the idea of a concept album, Nas for Illmatic alone basically, The Notorious B.I.G. for bringing East Coast hip-hop to light and having a consistent amazing quality, Kendrick Lamar for being one of the most intelligent rappers that almost never drops a bad verse, and Andre 3000 for having the best flow as well as being without a doubt the best technical rapper of all time.
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The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey: “Closer” Song Review

If you’re reading this you probably heard the horrendous atrocity that was “#Selfie,” a viral success song from 2014 by EDM duo The Chainsmokers. These guys were completely unknown before this, but boy did this absolute waste of time give them fame. It was vapid, pandering, obnoxious, and everything else the name of the song might make you assume it would be. Some excuse this song as a joke, but it was far from funny. Ironically the song made me think that the career of Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall would be just that: A joke.
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Young the Giant’s “Home of the Strange” Review

Is third time the charm for this California-based rock group’s third, more political LP?

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The album cover outune.net

In many ways that’s actually a dumb question to ask. Young the Giant in all rights have been a relatively successful band, with two charting singles off their self-titled Young the Giant album, and even had their song “Cough Syrup” get covered on Glee! If you had a song on Glee, you can say it was at least somewhat successful. It was a pretty good album as well, full of subdued vocals and interesting grooves that felt somewhat unique.

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Let’s Talk Pokemon

I’m convinced that Pokemon ends up being a part of every kid’s life. I played it, you probably played it, and I have seen every one of my young family members playing it. Hell, I know a lot of people who still play it from geeky high school students to division one college athletes (apparently track & field athletes are some of the biggest nerds on the planet). It was definitely brought back into the public forefront with “Pokemon Go,” but everyone knows theres more to it than that. My interest did not get peaked by that game but instead by the flood of speculation and recently released information for the upcoming Pokemon Sun & Moon games for the 3DS. Now I personally don’t own a 3DS, but somehow this news has not only caught my eye but has also gotten me to look back over my past with the Pokemon franchise as a whole. So, with all that being said, let’s talk Pokemon.
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Ranking Top 20: Week of August 13th, 2016

As an introduction, this will be something I do every few months or so where I rank the current Billboard Top 20 songs in terms of quality, not popularity. This is subjective, so dont hate on the content. You can hate on the formatting, though, because it will be something I try and fix.

Pop music right now is interesting to say the least. Ironically it’s interesting in how disinterested most artists sound in their own songs. Music feels more clinical and artificial than any other time in recent memory, leading me to be bored while listening to most of these songs. While many of these songs are not inherently bad, they just suffer from sounding like they are made to be generic pop hits. Well, some of these songs are inherently bad, but we’ll get to that. We’ll get to that now, actually.
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Talking Is Hard Album Review

This sophomore studio album may have been seuccessful, but how does it stand as an album?

“Walk the Moon” is an interesting band. This Cincinnati based quartet have brought an amazing flare to modern music, mixing modern production with stylistic choices and songwriting from 80’s and 90’s rock. The band are not unknown to popularity as their songs Anna Sun and Tightrope having relative success on the U.S. Alt charts despite not charting on the Billboard Top 100. Their self titled album was  good, pushing out some very cheesy but wonderfully put together songs. With their sophomore album*, will “Walk the Moon” find similar quality and success?

*Technically their third album, but their first album I Want, I Want doesn’t necessarily count in the same way Kendrick Lamar’s Section 80 album doesn’t count. I Want, I Want is actually even more obscure than Section 80.

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