Have you ever wondered what life would be like if a zombie apocalypse did occur? Have you ever took a moment to think about the mass destruction that would be left in its wake? Now, think about if said apocalypse did happen but zombies weren’t as fearsome as they would be, provided their food were being sourced in a more intriguing way. That’s iZombie in a nutshell.
Created by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, it’s a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. Following the life of Olivia Moore, the series follows her journey from human to zombie to zombie crime fighter extraordinaire.
After being scratched at a boat party one night and becoming infected, Liv moves from being a medical resident to taking a job at the King County morgue to help feed her appetite for brains – the catch is that with each brain she consumes she remembers part of that person’s life and takes on particular personality traits. The only other person who knows she’s the living dead (that’s isn’t eating brains themselves) – her boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti – who almost immediately sets on trying to create a cure.
The first season allows you to get to know Liv, her colleagues, family, and friends. It’s one hell of a ride, especially considering she must remain tight-lipped about her boat party escapade and her newfound cravings. There are some frustrations, mainly with some plot elements being strung out for too long and pieces of the general episode by episode storylines feeling misplaced or uninteresting.
The chemistry between each member of the cast is noticeable on screen and they genuinely work well with one another. The start of a new series is always rocky, and I will admit that during the first few episodes I wasn’t sure whether the group would begin to gel and form something worth watching. A handful of episodes in and my fears had subsided – it was all beginning to feel natural.
The storyline whilst cooky is most certainly unique. Gone are the days when zombies cruised down the streets at a snail’s pace, muttered inconsistent groans and grunts, and generally scared the living daylights out of anyone with a pulse. iZombie puts that ‘what if’ perspective on the horror genre and turns it on its head. You’ll still get the occasional fright when the flesh eating maniac beneath pokes his or her head into reality, but apart from that, you may start to warm up to our icy friends.