Why You Should Watch iZombie

Ashtyn Britt
abritt@lc.edu

 

I will be the first to admit that if there is a type of spooky-mythology that has never caught my interest, it’s zombies. I think zombie movies are stupid, and while my opinion isn’t a popular one, it is still my opinion. There’s nothing scary to me about a corpse moaning and walking super-slowly asking for brains.

The closest I came to enjoying a zombie movie was when I watched Warm Bodies in 2013, and that wasn’t even a scary movie. So, for the first three years that iZombie was airing on the CW, I purposely avoided it. Then, a few months ago I was itching for a new Netflix series to binge watch and decided to give it a shot.

I have never been so glad to have been bored in my life. This series took a fresh more comedic approach to zombies and a remarkably relatable and entertaining main character. The show follows Liv Moore, who after attending a yacht party leads to the breakout for the first victims of the zombie virus, of course turns into a zombie. The mythology is super interesting, actually. Those infected by the zombie virus have their hair turn snow white, their skin becomes cold and pale, but as long as they manage to eat brains they remain relatively normal otherwise.

So, naturally, Liv goes from being a doctor to working in a morgue to steal the brains of those who have already died. This leads to an even more interesting concept in the show, involving the brains. Liv ends up adopting characteristics of the people whose brain she consumed, and also receives flashbacks from their lives when triggered. Liv decides to use this to help the Seattle PD solve murder investigations, eating the brains of the victims of said murders as a way to bring criminals to justice. While typing that it may sound silly, the execution is so much better than it sounds.

I would push anyone who doesn’t like zombies to give this show a shot, because it not only brings a fresh take on zombies, it provides great actors like Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, David Anders, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, and Aly Michalka. It has plenty of heartfelt and funny moments, as well as the occasional scary scene. The first four seasons are available for streaming on Netflix, and iZombie season five, the final season, will begin airing at a currently unknown date. Now would be the perfect time to get caught up! Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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