iZombie "Pilot" Review Zombie Education Alliance TS Alan

iZombie “Pilot” review

CW’s New Crime Drama iZombie Has A Lot Of Heart But Needs More Brains

Season 1, Ep. 01 – ‘Pilot’ | Aired March 17, 2015
by TS Alan

Watching the first episode of CW’s iZombie, it becomes apparent that Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s new series made brain surgery of Veronica Mars, and put a cutesy zombie spin on the beloved teen detective drama to churn out a safe horror series geared for those that find The Walking Dead to gruesome and just don’t get Z Nation‘s dark humor. But it would be easy just to dismiss iZombie as another cheesy entry into the CW’s prime time lineup, if it were not for Rose McIver. As Liv, she is fantastic. She moves through scenes delivering sharp and clever dialog, captivating you even while eating hot sauce soaked brains. And she is the reason why you should watch the first episode.

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Very loosely based on the comic book series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, iZombie is the story of Liv Moore, a determined med student whose life is dramatically altered after attending a yacht party where a new designer drug turns its partakers into brain eating zombies. Liv narrowly escapes, but is scratched in the process and is infected by the undead. Maintaining her humanity as well as her need for brains, she turns to a career in the Coroner’s Office where the brains of the dead are a plenty. But here’s the twist: when Liv eats the brains of the dead, she gains some of their memories, feelings, and abilities — reminiscent of Warm Bodies. She uses this zombie ability to help Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) solve the deaths of murder victims brought into the morgue, which is the overall theme of the series.

That said, what is not likely to keep you coming back is the crime solving duo of McIver and Babineaux. If the case they work in this pilot episode is any indication of what is to come, the series will be a brainless generic crime show, where every week Liv and Detective Babineaux will use her special gift to hunt down the killer(s) in order to solve the mystery. Hopefully, the producers and writers have had the foresight to put an interesting spin on the rest of the episodes and delve deeper into Liv’s zombie side and her abilities, because what we get in this pilot is pretty generic and brainless.

I’ll be giving the quirky crime-solving iZombie series a chance by watching the next two episodes before I shoot it in the head and cross it off my ‘Must See TV List’. I certainly hope it will live up to its potential.

iZombie airs 9 pm ET/PT on CWTV.

CW's New Crime Drama iZombie Has A Lot Of Heart But Needs More Brains Season 1, Ep. 01 - 'Pilot' | Aired March 17, 2015 by TS Alan Watching the first episode of CW's iZombie, it becomes apparent that Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero's new series made brain surgery of Veronica Mars, and put a cutesy zombie spin on the beloved teen detective drama to churn out a safe horror series geared for those that find The Walking Dead to gruesome and just don't get Z Nation's dark humor. But it would be easy just to dismiss iZombie as another…

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Summary : iZombie is witting and charming with plenty of potential, providing the producers and writers have the smarts to delve deeper into the main character's special zombie ability, and bring from its familiar procedural show setup to a smart and interesting show worth watching.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.