Is ‘iZombie’ everything you wanted or was it just another cheesy TV show? Well, the reviews are in after the March 17 premiere. Find out if this show should be your new guilty pleasure!
From the mind of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, iZombie took The CW by storm, but it actually opened to mix reviews. Rose McIver takes on the role of Liv, a former medical student turned zombie, who works in the coroner’s office to have access to human brains. So, throughout the series we get an inside look at her struggle to keep her secrets secret, and use her new zombie senses to solve murder cases. Are you in?
Here’s what the critics think:
CW’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombie pretty quickly starts to stumble from promising toward stale, basically turning its undead heroine into a youthful crime-solver — Veronica Mars with an inordinately pale complexion. Although the producer of that earlier series, Rob Thomas, is also at the tiller here, the more direct comparison might be Tru Calling. If so, then despite CW’s thus far blessed season, and a baked-in appetite among fans, iZombie would be just another dead show walking.
What’s most charming about iZombie, adapted by Rob Thomas from the comic, is that it pokes into the daily details of zombie life. Can any food taste good? What happens if you don’t get brains? What kind of relationships are possible? What are the consequences of anyone finding out? If that makes iZombie sound dark, it isn’t. Liv is funny as well as charming, and the no-frills CW production keeps the focus on the characters and the stories. iZombie is dead-on.
Other shows and movies have merged comedy, drama and horror, none better than the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series on the old WB network, a predecessor to CW. Though zombies aren’t vampires, this show seems to be emulating that one in tone, characters, even casting. Ms. McIver bears a passing resemblance to Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy, and when another zombie whose intentions are less noble than Liv’s turns up, Buffy fans might think they’re looking at a reincarnation of James Marsters’s Spike. (It’s actually David Anders, playing an equally slippery character named Blaine.)
The show has a nice sense of detail and a comic puckishness that every zombie police procedural needs. At times genuinely scary in the way it’s meant to be, it’s also moving in the way it’s meant to be — like Veronica Mars, it’s a story of ongoing human relationships, which a lack of human life can totally complicate.
Did you enjoy the new CW show, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta