My Undead Journey
No one ever never told me that three sleepless nights and two shots of expresso per hour was the “other” formula for becoming a zombie. This way was more painful. Take the bite instead. Trust me.
Why was I up for three nights in a row might you ask? I could say I was studying like a good college student but that would be a downright lie. Let’s just say I took an accidental trip down Netflix lane and ended up addicted to another TV series. This time it was “iZombie“, an adaptation of the comic book series by the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%.
Please Turn Me into a Zombie
“iZombie” is so many things all at once. It’s a comedy, a medical-crime procedural drama, and a zombie themed show with a splash of romantic drama. “iZombie” blew my mind with it’s ability to mesh all of these elements into one harmonious series along with a brilliant presentation technique and comic-like style. If you liked other CW network shows such as the “Arrow,” “The Flash,” or “Supernatural” then you should definitely check out “iZombie” as it is a different type of zombie show uniquely shot from the zombie’s point of view.
The show’s protagonist is Liv Moore who used to be a successful Seattle medical resident until she quit and took a job at the morgue when she was turned into a zombie with an appetite for brains and *hint hint* she’s not the only new zombie on the block. Now here is the fresh twist and cool part; Liv eats the brains of murder victims who are delivered to the morgue and discovers that whenever she eats a brain, she will temporarily gain some of their personality traits and also experience flashbacks of the last moments of the victim before their death. Liv uses this newfound ability and ends up helping the Seattle Police Department solve these murders as a sort of psychic consultant.
The acting is what makes this show so complete. Rose McIver plays Liv Moore and delivers one of the best onscreen performances I have ever witnessed. Liv’s different and dramatic personality shifts as seen in each episode is captured so perfectly by McIver that it really brings the whole alive (oh the irony). A crime fighting vigilante, an overbearing mother, and a sociopath void of compassion are just the few of the many brains that Liv gets to experience throughout the show. One of my favorite personality takeovers is when Liv eats the brain of a college frat boy and delivers some of the funniest scenes in the whole season.
Did I mention that Liv Moore is also a kick-ass fighter? Thanks to her zombie-ness she gains increased supernatural abilities and wait until you see her in what she calls “full on zombie mode.” Season 2 of “iZombie” returns on February 2nd on The CW network which gives you about a week to catch up and I would catch up fast because judging by the title of the new episode, “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter”, it’s definitely going to be a
steamy good one.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go catch up on my sleep and try to come back to life as you journey into the undead.