I am in grieving! Despite my best efforts to make it last, we polished off the last episodes of iZombie over the weekend. There is a third series on the way (hurrah!), but having ‘accidentally’ watched the whole of series 1 in one weekend, we had hoped to make series 2 last a bit longer. Which we sort of did – if two weeks could be considered any length of time. So what, you may ask is so good about this show that we binged two series in less than a fortnight? Well…
The pilot episode quickly sets up the idea, so there’s no spoilers here I promise. Olivia “Liv” Moore used to be an over-achieving medical resident with her future all planned out… until she wakes up in a body bag hungry for brains. She breaks off her engagement to Major Lilywhite and transfers her medical residency to the morgue working for Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who figures out her secret pretty quickly. At least this way she has easy access to food. Turns out when she snacks on someone’s grey matter she also (temporarily) inherits some of their personality, and memories. Realising she can use these memories to help work out how these people were killed, Liv pairs up with homicide detective, Clive Babineaux – passing her insider knowledge off as a psychic gift. In doing so, Liv finds a measure of peace, and a new sense of purpose in what her “life” has now become.
This show could fall in to so many genres, but first and foremost it plays as a investigative police show. Then there are elements of thriller/horror, some pin point precise (if sometimes a little dark) humour, and even elements of straight drama, relationships and such.
There’s a strong cast and some good writing behind this show – the main creative team is Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero who were also behind Veronica Mars. Although Liv’s personality changes every week depending on who she’s been snacking on – an artist, a radio relationship counsellor, an agoraphobic internet troll – she still stays very much Liv underneath that all and this comes through. I won’t reel through all the characters here as you should definitely find out more about them by watching, but I do have to briefly mention my favourite.
Rahul Kohli as Ravi Chakrabarti is my favourite thing on TV for a long while. He’s basically a big nerd, but he’s also a sweet guy, a loyal friend, a smart and dedicated scientist and, well, just funny. The number of occasions where Ravi’s response to a situation either had me chucking or throwing my fist in the air in celebration are too many to count.
The running joke
There’s a few big story arcs, but something I’ve loved is the running joke about the way Liv eats her brains. For whatever reason the morgue she works at seems to have a rather function kitchen and Liv has whipped up all sorts of gourmet treats from brain sushi, brain-burgers, brain smoothies and a BLT (that’s brains, lettuce & tomato, obvs). It’s usually only in there as a throw away but I found myself eagerly waiting to see how the brains would be cooked up this time.
Another episodic giggle can be had if you check out the titles for each episode. My favourite is “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter”. Although “Blaine’s World” is a close second.
The good news
iZombie was added to UK Netflix at the start of May, so it should be hanging around for a while. There’s two series totalling 32 episodes, so far. The most recent of these was only aired for the first time in the US in April of this year, but it’s been confirmed that the show has been renewed for a third series already, so you can bet I am eagerly anticipating that!
So, have you watched iZombie yet? Are you as hooked as me? Or is there something else you’d recommend on Netflix to fill the void? Do drop a comment below.
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