iZombie, a television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW, is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series was officially picked up on May 8, 2014, for the 2014–15 season and premiered on March 17, 2015.
The pilot focuses on Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) who was a disciplined, over-achieving medical resident, who had her life completely mapped out. One evening, she decides to go to a party on a boat. People at the party started taking a drug called “Utopium.” This caused a spontaneous outbreak of a zombie virus to break out, thus affecting Liv. This causes her to lose her drive and ambition. She breaks off her engagement with charming soul mate Major (Robert Buckley), in fear of infecting him with her condition.
Liv transfers her medical residency to the Seattle city morgue in order to access the only form of sustenance left available to her: brains. This is the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity. There are side effects to Liv’s new diet; with each brain Liv consumes, she has “visions” or flashes of the corpse’s memories – which often provide clues as to how they were killed.
Interestingly enough, after consuming the brains of a Jane Doe that comes in, Liv bluntly admits to Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), who is the medical examiner and Liv’s boss, and Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin), that Jane Doe is a dead call girl. Detective Babinaux than asks for Liv’s help to solve crimes, since Liv and Ravi claiming that she is ‘psychic-ish’ to account for her knowledge of victims.
The show reminds the viewers of Veronica Mars, in the fact that the heroine, in this case Liv, helps solve the case by finding clues. After she ate the girl’s brain, it offered her flashes of the girl’s death. To my surprise, the show takes it a step further, by showing Liv replicating the call girl’s personality. It’s shown in the episode by allowing her to speak Romanian, despite never knowing it prior, as well as showing traits of a kleptomaniac, hence wanting to steal things that might seem worthless to others. Despite not being a fan of Veronica Mars myself, I did find this show entertaining.
The showrunners did an amazing job casting, cashing in on familiar actors from other shows, such as the female protagonist “Liv” (McIver) seen previously cast in the role of Tinker Bell in ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Another familiar and surprising casting choice, was Major (Buckley) cast as Clay Evans in a recent Warner Bros show: One Tree Hill. Hopefully there are more scenes shot between the characters showing their relationships while their character grows. Some skeptics of the show, claim that the show’s audience is directed more at a younger audience than the more adolescent/ adult audience other popular CW shows center toward. For now, I will allow the show’s use of pop culture references, wit, and charm hold me over and delay my choice to not watch future episodes of the show.
The show airs on The CW Tuesdays at 9/8c.