What if zombies can regain their consciousness as human being as long as they’re eating brains healthily? iZombie is one of the DC television series that I started this year—the others being The Flash and Constantine—and the one that I actually finished. It is a unique procedural that intrigued me at the first trailer that I’ve watched, and it had successfully kept engrossing me throughout the series. There have never been any episode when I feel bored watching this show.
iZombie (or rather, stylized as iZOMBiE) is an American television series from The CW network. It is a loose adaptation of a comic series with the same name. iZombie is developed by the creators of Veronica Mars, which I haven’t watch but am planning to. The story focuses on Olivia “Liv” Moore, who is turned into a zombie after attending a boat party. Her transformation to a zombie—that includes her hair turning white and her skin turning pale like corpses—forced her to quit her job as a medical resident and her engagement with her fiancé. She then worked at a morgue and had her secret found out by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who encouraged Liv to eat the brains of the victims who are delivered to the morgue to survive while he develop a cure for her.
The twist of the whole story, beside the fact that the main character is a zombie who’s struggling with her condition, is how Liv could regain the personalities and abilities of the person whose brain she ate temporarily. And when roused the same way as the murder victims experienced it, she could also experience flashback of how they died, or anything related to the murder. With that, she started helping the Seattle PD while parading as a psychic consultant.
iZombie had successfully made me care about every single one of these genuine characters, who each had an engaging storyline of their own.
iZombie quickly threw you into the plot as soon as it started, which is one thing I always appreciate from a TV show. It’s not afraid to reveal things far from the finale because it had direction of how they’re going to go, how the end is going to go. Even the characters are not stupid or oblivious—if the signs are there, they’d find out without any trouble. It is one of many qualities that I appreciate of iZombie, or any other TV shows with the same quirks.
But perhaps those quirks had nothing compared to the well-written relationships of Liv with other characters—how different Liv is around them, how they managed to kick Liv’s character development forward and Liv in exchange also kicked their character development forward. It didn’t help how charming the characters are and how diverse their personalities are. From Ravi, the medical examiner who decided to help Liv, to Clive Babineaux, who Liv helped solve murders, to Major Lilywhite, Liv’s ex-fiancé who had his own plotline later in the season, to Blaine, the series main antagonist and lastly to Liv’s family and Peyton, her friend. iZombie had successfully made me care about every single one of these genuine characters, who each had an engaging storyline of their own. One thing I wish is for Liv and her relationship with her mother to be more developed, and another for Clive to engage further in iZombie world.
iZombie is a series that cared for its characters and audience; it showed them in their grayest, it wasn’t selective on showing bad and good decisions of the protagonist and how it affected the storyline. This is a perfect series to binge watch in a boring day—it is engaging and fun (especially when Liv is regaining a unique quirk from the brains, and how it somehow helped the case). Overall, iZombie is going to be keep continued as long as Liv stayed a zombie… and one thing I have to say: I hope Liv keep being a zombie.
(It sounds a little cruel when I actually wrote it down.)
You can watch iZombie at streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix, legally, or you can catch the reruns on The CW.