We live in televisual golden age with well written, excellently acted, innovative and imaginative series being commissioned left, right and center and although you seem to need a subscription to seventy different services to see them all, these days there is nothing better than binge watching a box set.
With the wealth of mini masterpieces comes a variety of different genres and horror surprisingly has shone out as a sure fire success with American Horror Story and Walking Dead becoming major event programming series after series meaning more media makers are keen to take a chance on the gore and ghost ridden genre to find the next big hit.
iZombie is a series that not that long ago would never have been made. A loose adaptation of a comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred with the same name it follows a talented and driven medical resident Olivia Liv Moore (get it Live More because she’s a zombie!) played by Rose McIver, who is transformed into a zombie and starts working in a morgue to sate her desire for brains.
So far so strange but it gets weirder as Liv discovers that by eating the grey matter of the corpses around her she not only adopts their personalities, talents and character traits but can see flashes of their memory leading her to be able to help the Seattle Police Department and Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) solve their mysterious murders.
Much like Lucifer iZombie blends horror, comedy, crime, thriller, action and romance into a brilliant and barmy concoction filled with creative characters including Liv’s boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) who not only guesses her undead secret but is excited to run a series of tests and experiments on her to hopefully find a cure.
Working on a similar structure in each episode Ravi, Detective Babineaux and the Liv become tangled up in a killer mystery that her supernatural super powers help unravel. That said each episode pushes forward several overarching plot points such as Liv’s relationship with her ex-fiancé the ridiculously named Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley) who she dumped after the incident scared what she might do to him in her new zombie form.
Although stealing from the sensational and hilarious series Psych by having Liv cover her terrifying talents by pretend to be a psychic one of the most enjoyable aspects of the show is seeing her transform into the victims showcasing Rose McIver’s acting talents with the first episode having her develop kleptomania and a fear of pigeons and the second having her become an over amorous expert artist.
All this may have you thinking iZombie lacks bite however that’s not the case as the reintroduction of Blaine McDonough (David Anders) the drug dealer zombie who turned Liv and is now manipulatively getting her help to access brains for the people he is turning, addicting and extorting adds a sinister and violent element into the mix early on which is thoroughly pursued.
Added to that is Liv’s disturbing ability to go “Full Zombie” developing incredible strength and aggression while having her mind completely lost in a hunger for human flesh. As the series progresses her fear of losing not only her humanity but those around her increases as the dangers rise and Blaine’s evil machinations increase.
Like all great series iZombie is extremely entertaining, enjoyable and addictive meaning once you start watching you will be hooked, eager to devour more and more episodes until its done keeping you up all hours and transforming you into a TV zombie just like it’s lead but hopefully with a less disgusting type of munchies.