iZombie: A refreshing and casual take at zombies. iZombie will absorb you into its world thanks to its captivating main characters, story-telling and aesthetics.
In A Nutshell
Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore is a medical resident from Seattle who lives a perfectly normal life with her fiance. That is until she gets invited to a party that ends up turning into a zombie fest. After becoming a zombie, her life changes radically and she has to hide the fact that she’s partially dead. To accomplish that, she takes a job at the King County morgue where she shares her secret with Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti and feeds off dead people’s brains. Strangely enough, when she eats brains she inherits some of the victim’s personality traits and flashbacks, which she uses to help the Seattle Police to solve crimes.
Meet the Characters
Liv is the main protagonist of the series. After accidentally becoming a zombie, Liv’s life changes radically. She loses her fiance and her family and friends disapprove of her new image and life choices. Live tells everything to his beloved friend Ravi, the only one who knows her zombie nature. Liv also works as the narrator and often comes off as witty and sarcastic. Her take on her situation is often optimistic compared to what we’re used to seeing on TV.
Ravi is a medical examiner and Liv’s boss and friend. Besides being the only one who knows her secret, he is also interested in Liv’s condition and learning more about zombies. He usually helps Liv in all her problems with the afterlife, like sympathising with her for missing food.
Clive is a Seattle PD detective who was transfered from VICE to homicide. Although at first sceptic, he often accepts Liv’s supposed-to-be psychic visions to help him solve cases, even though that might get him into trouble sometimes.
A Brief History of iZombie: The When, Where and How
iZombie is a Comedy-Drama/Horror/Crime American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for the CW. The first season of the show aired from May 2015 to June 2015 and consisted of 13 episodes. After receiving critical acclaim, the series was renewed for a second season which will start airing in October 2015.
The show is loosely based of the DC comic book series of the same name. In fact, the opening credits were drawn by Michael Allred, the artist of the original comic book.
Why It’s Awesome
Yes. There seems to be some sort of obsession from TV producers lately to create series about zombies. We have all kinds of zombie options, from the latest spin-off series Fear The Walking Dead to the sadly-cancelled In The Flesh. This is probably one of the reasons why I was quite unsure whether I should give this show a try when I saw the first trailers, as I have never been a big fan of zombies. Although I checked in late, I am glad I did.
Many critics have classified the series as a refreshing take on zombies and, as a matter of fact, that might be iZombie‘s strongest point. Even though we get to see Liv’s transformation into a zombie in the very first episode, we don’t really get to see much about her negative reaction. Instead of that, Liv takes the situation with humor. However, that doesn’t cheapen the series or make it less serious. There are enemies out there and there are zombie mysteries to be resolved and that Ravi is interested in investigating. As a result of this, the series comes off as light, casual and comedic, while still giving zombies the importance they deserve.
Another one of the series’ strongest points is its characters, which are instantly likable, from Liv’s internal monologues to Ravi’s witty remarks. Next to Clive, the three of them form a team that I hardly ever get tired of watching.