You know those lazy evenings, where you’re just sitting around, and nothing is on TV? Yeah, we had one of those yesterday. The heat was boiling our heads, and we zapped through all channels twice, with no luck. Then my boyfriend asked, if there was anything on Netflix. The first thing that met my eyes when I opened their app, was a newly added series called iZombie, and I read the description out loud. It sounded funny enough, so we gave it a shot. Now, 4 episodes later, I’m kind of hooked, and want to leave my thoughts about the series here. It’s a review, so no spoilers.
We meet Olivia, a young woman who is attending a boat party, a bit unwillingly. She will soon enough regret having been there, as a zombie outbreak turns the party into a massacre, yet leaves her alive… or should I say, half-dead? A fellow party guest befallen by the disease scratches her arm before she falls into the water, and she wakes up in a body bag on the beach.
6 months later, we see her being all pale, having no hair color, and her pulse is down to 10 beats per minute. On top of that, she broke up with her fiancée, because she is afraid of turning him into a zombie, just like herself. Now working in a morgue, she often finds a spare brain to eat, which helps her stay sane, and not turn into a mindless monster, like the zombies we know from movies and series nowadays. Her boss though, Dr. Ravi, finds out about her appetite for brains, but doesn’t seem concerned about it at all. As a matter of fact, he wants to study her, and eventually find a cure.
It’s not all that easy though, as many of the bodies they get in the morgue are victims of murder, and Olivia can see the things they experienced when they were still alive, after eating parts of their brain. Although she can’t control when she sees something, and what exactly she sees, it’s enough to give clues as to who the person was, and who killed them. Clive, a detective working at the Seattle Police Department, makes good use of her abilities, and solves one murder case after the other with her help.
Things become nasty when the party guest who scratched her arm shows up though, as he is not as nice as he wants others to believe. Olivia doesn’t trust him, as she sees him dealing with shady humans in a back alley, and it turns out he is a brain dealer, and willing to turn others into zombies for his own benefits. Of course, they become enemies, as Olivia is working for the police, and he is a criminal who is not easy to catch. Both being zombies means nothing to her, as all she wants is to help people, not kill or turn them.
This is a thing she sometimes forgets though, as eating someone’s brain partly turns her into that person, as she is taking over their personality traits. It only lasts as long as the brain is in her system, or until she eats another person’s brain, but it’s enough to mess her up, and her family starts wondering what is wrong with her, making her everyday life as a secret zombie harder than it already is.
While the pilot episode was a very good start to this comic-like series, I would have wished for Clive to question Olivia a bit more, instead of believing her psychic abilities from the very start. I expected him to be the ally whose trust would be hard to earn, and maybe even the one who’d cause trouble for her. Kind of like the relationship between James Doakes and Dexter Morgan, in the Dexter series. But then again, the series might not be strong enough yet, to harbor more than one villain, as it just started off.
Without knowing much about the characters yet, it’s maybe too early to complain about Clive, as there might be a reason for him to be so quick on the trigger around a psychic woman. I have yet to watch the rest of the season, but I hope this will get some attention at a later point.
As for the other characters, it’s very hard not to like them. I especially find the crazy weird Dr. Ravi to be very funny, and maybe even the comic relief of the series. Blaine, the other party guest and zombie, is a very sleek and cunning villain, the exact opposite of Olivia, and thus the perfect character to hate for everything he does. And boy, do I hate him! I even like to hate him, which just makes him the perfect villain in my eyes, and a very nice addition to the story.
Even though I’ve only watched the first 4 episodes, I really want to recommend this series to anyone who likes a bit of dark and weird humor, comic-like fantasy, and of course; zombies. If anyone has watched the first season of Tokyo Ghoul, they might recognize some aspects of it in iZombie, as Olivia’s struggle to accept her zombie life, while still wanting to be a human, is very much the same as the part where Kaneki Ken needs to accept himself being a ghoul.
Have you started watching this show yet, or do you want to? 🙂