Weekly Review: iZombie (Season 1)

After being transformed into a zombie, Liv Moore uses her newfound hunger for brains and the side effects of it to help the police solve murders.

This review will focus on the first season of The CW show iZombie, which aired from March to June in 2015.

This show was recommended to me extensively, but I was always hesitant to watch it. To be honest, the plot seemed pretty corny. A zombie show, from the perspective of the zombie, where the undead character is striving to look and feel alive again. It seemed too much like that movie Warm Bodies, which I didn’t like very much. I’m a pretty big fan of zombies, but not from their perspective.

I must say that, despite my misgivings, the show is actually pretty good. iZombie is pretty youth oriented, and that really comes through. This may alienate older audiences, but it falls in line with The CW’s target audience. It has a flawed protagonist who is easy to root for, and there is a variety of side characters that have the potential to be appealing.

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iZombie follows the pretty common theme for television shows where the main character has some sort of talent or gift that they use to help the police solve crimes. I say it’s pretty common because I see it in every single show I watch, personally. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I do like it, and the different crimes make for something new on a weekly basis. It’s an easy formula, and it works.

The casual tone given to the whole zombie thing is pretty interesting. Plus, it’s kind of nice to see the “hunger for brains” zombies make a bit of a comeback. On that same note, by incorporating brains, iZombie brings something new to the table.

Whenever Liv eats a brain, which she acquires from her zombie job in the morgue, she gets the memories and personality traits of the person she just ate a part of. Not only does this supply the talent she helps the police with, but it provides some quirky spontaneity to some of the episodes. Depending on what brain she just ate, Liv will be a sensual artist or a protective mother. It really gives the actress Rose McIver a good chance to shine in the lead role.

Liv is one of the only characters that is really fleshed out, unfortunately. As the season progresses, we get to see more of her partner in the morgue, Ravi (Rahul Kohli), which is nice. The show also attempts to give more character to Liv’s ex-fiancé Major (Robert Buckley). The villains in the show aren’t very complex though, and I’m hoping we get to see more of Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) in season 2. It was also nice to see Aly Michalka on the show as Liv’s friend and roommate Peyton. I’m hoping to see more of her in future seasons as well.

One negative I have to say about the show is that it does become monotonous after a few episodes. The show has a pattern, and once you figure it out, there isn’t much surprise anymore. This isn’t to say that the series as a whole is monotonous. As the season comes to a close, it does a pretty good job of tying up storylines and ending with a bang.

Another aspect that I will point out is that the brains really got to me at first. If you’re more of a squeamish person, the first instances of Liv feasting on brains will probably gross you out. I thought I was going to have to walk away during every episode when brain food was shown. I’m happy to say that I did become desensitized to it as the season progressed. It’s still a bit gross though if you think too much about it. The brains are often added to regular food because Liv is grossed out by it as well, and this creates opportunities for the ongoing gag of Detective Babineaux almost eating them himself.

The first season of iZombie has 13 episodes. It’s had pretty positive reception from everything that I’ve seen on the internet about it, with people calling it “refreshing”

The second season is currently airing on The CW, but I’ve been unable to watch it. I may have to wait for that season to be added to Netflix. The first season of iZombie is already available on Netflix for streaming.

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