With Halloween upon us, there is nothing better to get yourself into the spooky spirit than watching something scary. Having seen so many supernatural sci-fi TV shows, I didn’t expect much from iZombie, thinking that everything has been done time and time before.
It was a pleasant surprise therefore to see how truly different and exciting the TV show is. The starting point is a zombie outbreak – but it is done in an entirely new way. In this new concept, the zombies aren’t much different from us – with the exception of being extremely pale, having bleach blonde hair and of course, the brain eating thing. They live amongst the regular people, finding ways to survive by any means that they can. The protagonist, Liv Moore (Rose McIver, Once upon a time), started her job at a morgue following her transition, in order to have easy access to brains (which she eats with a lot of hot sauce to stomach the flavor). But the brain eating comes with a bonus – whilst it is in her system, she experiences flashbacks and personality traits that the person she is eating had whilst alive. For instance, after consuming the brain of an agoraphobic gamer, she is unable to leave the house and spends her nights eating Cheetos and playing WoW. As a result, she becomes an assistant to a detective at the police station, helping him solve murders based on those flashbacks, all the while looking for a cure with her partner in crime and boss Ravi (Rahul Kohli).
A detective story with a zombie apocalypse twist is something I had not expected the show to be – but it really does work. The combination of mystery, suspense and humour makes the show what it is, and the development of the story is so intriguing that it is no wonder it’s been renewed for a second season. The “case of the week” structure for each episode is balanced out nicely against a deeper, ongoing storyline involving Liv’s relationships with those close to her as well the constant threat of the zombie outbreak reaching a more global significance. The show has been described as the “undead Veronica Mars” – not surprising given that the two have the same director. It is so much more than just another zombie show – the cast, a combination of regulars and some refreshing new faces, has been perfectly selected to portray a fantastic dynamic amongst the characters.
The show’s director did a fantastic job at striking an equilibrium between the darkness that is so central to the plot, and the humour that draws us so strongly to its characters. And as long as you’re prepared for a bit of gore (don’t worry – this isn’t quite The Walking Dead), this series will definitely provide some entertainment for when you’re procrastinating on your essays!
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