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.
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.