BY CHRIS KRAUSS
It’s hard to tell which one is more of infectious, the zombie plague or the need to make more zombie related media.
Sifting through the amount of TV shows, movies and video games that have injected their way into society’s bloodstreams can be a daunting task, as many of them are either trash or simply a rehash of something that was done before. However, the CW’s attempt at episodic zombie television show, “iZombie,” actually manages to avoid being either of these things.
The show starts like most others, though, of the sort with a simple zombie outbreak. But even in starting this way, the show detours from the typical path and addresses the reason for the outbreak as the effect of a new synthetic drug called “Utopia” ironically.
“iZombie” loosely follows the DC comic book of the same name, featuring the main character, Olivia Moore, as a revenant, or a zombie per se. But instead of making the main character a grave digger, the show takes her to the role of a coroner’s assistant allowing for her to have a pretty much unlimited supply of brains to snack on.
What makes “iZombie” so much different from other shows though is how they portray zombies. Moore is not rotting or constantly trying to feed on the living, but instead rather pale and only eats brains enough to keep satiated. The show gets interesting when Moore finds out that after eating a brain, she takes on some of the person’s character traits and qualities and even starts to have “flashbacks” to the person’s life.
This comes in handy when the newly recruited detective needs help solving a crime of the John Doe’s brain she just ate, turning the recently deceased coroner’s assistant into a recently deceased coroner’s assistant with a minor in being a detective.
In terms of hitting genre, an undead comedy, the show hits the former more than the latter, with most of the jokes receiving nothing more than a chuckle at most. However, I found myself caring more about Moore and how she was learning to live in this new world than the actual crimes and solving them.
Seeing how a zombie would react to having a roommate, having an ex-fiancé and engaging with the living is interesting and provides an fictional insight only the movie “Warm Bodies” has ever given me.
Acting wise, the show casts some friendly faces, with Rose McIver as the show runner, who is most notable for her time as Tinker Bell in “Once Upon A Time” and a minor role in “The Lovely Bones.” She plays the awkward zombie spot on all while making zombies look prettier than ever before.
The other main character, Clive Babineaux, played by Malcolm Goodwin, famous for his roles in “American Gangster” and “Breakout Kings,” plays the newbie detective and shines when the script doesn’t seem to try so hard and leaves him to breathe a little.
Like most other CW shows, the music hits home and provides plenty of feels at the perfect moment, whether it is provide an overwhelming sense of sadness as an ex-fiancé moves on or the joy that is shown when a zombie realizes how to truly feel alive again.
Overall the show has its own distinct feel and the viewer is able to experience a relatively new take on the zombie genre, much different from other famous shows like “The Walking Dead” or “Z-Nation.”
If you love zombies and want a show that takes it a little lighter hearted than other more intense and gory apocalypse shows, then this show is a perfect middle ground.
The Flyer gives the pilot episode of “iZombie” a 7/10.