iZombie (PREMIERE)

Olivia “Liv” Moore (played by Rose McIver)  is a disciplined medical resident that has planned out her life where she will one day be a skilled doctor and married to her fiancee Major Lilywhite (played by Robert Buckley). Everything is going as planned for Liv, her family loves her, Major loves her, and she is achieving what she wants in her medical career. After finishing her rounds at the hospital Liv is invited to a boat party and going out of character she accepts the invitation. For the first time in her life Liv starts to relax while having a little fun and then everything gets turned into chaos when the party goes become zombies. Waking up the next morning in a body bag, Liv discovers that she has a new need in her life, a need to eat brains. Having to change everything she has worked for now that she is a zombie, Liv must come to terms with her current situation but her family and loved ones aren't as accepting to the choices she is now making. Can Liv handle her cravings for brains while working the police as a psychic to solve crimes or will she give in to the monster that she is becoming?

iZombie is a new show based off a comic book that involves zombies. No, it's not the typical zombie based show where people that look disgusting are going around eating and mutilating people in gross ways. What this show has is a girl who was over achieving and not too open to anything other than becoming a doctor but while at a party that has a new designer drug she gets turned into a zombie. Here's the difference in this show, Liv is able to control her zombie nature now by eating the brains that she gets while at work at the hospital. Her life has been drastictly changed, she no longer is going to become a doctor, she is no longer with her fiancee, her mother thinks she is going crazy, and there's also her skin turning white along with her hair.

This is a fun show, more so then I expected it to be. It's quite unique in the plot and how they are treating the whole zombie idea. Instead of being about the people trying to deal with the zombies that are around, this show is showing how a girl who has become a zombie must now live with being the undead. The way they have given Liv a way to get her need for brains to eat is interesting and adds a fun character to the mix, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (played by Rahul Kohli). The chemistry between Rose McIver and Rahul Kohli is what really drives this show. These two actors are really good when they are on screen together and they are funny. The way that Dr. Ravi is reacting to how Liv is a zombie is what I liked the most about this show. Other than the acting there is also the transitions between scenes where they have made the picture start with the look of a comic book page and then transitions into the real picture. This might not impress some people but being a huge comic book fan, having this simple effect adds a lot to the show, at least for me it does.

I'm hoping that they keep this show on the same lines as this premiere is going because if they do it will become a great show. Though there are some roles that could be tweaked a little, like how easily Detective Clive Babinaux (played by Malcolm Goodwin) accepts that Liv is a psyhic that can see visions of people that have been killed. Maybe if she was able to somehow prove that she is doing this rather than all of a sudden having vital information about a murder without looking like she was the killer, then I would accept it more. But it's just played out so easily where the detective comes in to ask about a murder, she gives vital information, says oh I'm a pyshic, and he just says ok how about working with me. Though I really like the role of  Blaine DeBeers (played by David Anders) as he is becoming a guy who is distrustful, scheming, and yet is very charming. It's easy to see he will become the major villain of this show and I hope he does because David Anders plays this character well. I'm looking forward to seeing how this show grows to become one that I can't miss.

Lee Roberts
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