Creators: Rob Thomas & Diane Riggiero
Cast: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka
Running Time: 551 minutes, 13 episodes
The CW have been a network on a serious comic high over the past few years with the likes of ARROW, THE FLASH and now also SUPERGIRL, but one series was also a comic adaption as well and that’s iZOMBIE.
Created on the pages of comics by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, it ran from 2010 to 2012. Skip ahead to 2015 and we got a TV adaption with a few different touches. Your probably thinking, right it’s originally a comic but what about, well, the story actually follows a zombie, that’s right a zombie.
Main character Liv (Rose McIver) is basically a zombie, but not as we’ve ever seen before. She retains her intelligence and isn’t slowly stumbling about in search of brains (not all the time) but instead has a paler completion, white hair and now finds herself in a morgue making some tasty treats from brains. This all happened when Liv went to a boat party and was scratched by someone, clearly another zombie, transforming her into what she is now. She’s ditched her once was life with fiancé Major (Robert Buckley) and joined Dr. Ravi (Rahul Kohl) as his coroners assistant.
It’s all well and good paving out what the hells going on for starts, but the series itself is follows Liv solving crimes and not the superhero usual comic way. Whilst in the morgue she’s delivered bodies of course and with her hunger setting in she nibbles some brains. With this she gets visions of the deads life, also taking on some personality traits as well, but putting this to good use she assists detective Clive (Michael Goodwin) with solving the murder.
Adding this twist in is fun, leaving some great episodes especially when she really starts to take on traits from personalities more later in the season. Although a murder is the basis of each episode to tie us over, the majority of the season revolves around Liv trying to establish her newly found zombie life whilst also looking into the mystery of zombies.
Like I said, it isn’t your typical zombies that are lurking around. There’s more out there as well and Liv ends up bumping into a few here and there, plus Major is out in search throughout the season to find out what’s going on as he’s got a little feeling things aren’t quite right in Seattle either. We have ourselves a villain as well, Blaine (David Anders) who portrays the bleached zombie running a drug ring whilst also creating a mini zombie army, even turning Liv as well.
For the series itself, the 13-episode run of season one is something relaxing, not being overdrawn by the lengthily filler episodes as it keeps the story on-going with the overall plot and each episode keeping pace with the murder investigations. As for characters, Dr. Ravi is a hilarious British guy who just happily accepts Liv’s zombie side and Liv herself always has a brilliant and funny remark for anything said.
Overall it’s a great series, which manages to keep you wanting more after each show. I don’t usually deal well with these types of shows if not much is happening but iZOMBIE really keeps up the pace throughout and if you’ve enjoyed the likes of VERONICE MARS in the past few years this is definitely worth a watch!
Is it bad they make everything Liv makes with brains really good to eat?
iZOMBIE is out on DVD from October 24th.