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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.