If you’re not watching iZombie, now in its second season, you are missing some seriously good comic/horror/romance/community storytelling. Definitely not something you snack through, but there was only episode that really got to me, and I’m the one who bailed after the first five minutes of Zombieland, so not a strong stomach.
It’s about Liv Moore (get it?), a beautiful, brilliant doctor who has the perfect fiance (Major Lilywhite, not subtle with names here) who goes to a boat party that’s attacked by zombies and wakes up undead. Two months later, she’s working in a morgue, having broken off her engagement so she won’t zombie-fy Major by accident, when the ME, the fabulous Ravi, finds her eating brains and says, “I knew it!” and there begins the best female/male friendship that will never turn into a romance (she loves Major, he loves her roommate) on TV:
I could go on about this show for days, but the central premise is that when Liv eats a brain, she takes on that personality and also gets the dead person’s memories which means she’s invalable to homicide Detective Clive Babineaux, who thinks she’s psychic. There’s a crime of the week, but the fun is watching McIver as Liv become a different person every week while a fantastic supporting cast goes nuts around her.
The community here is what really makes this work. From left to right above, we have David Anders as Blaine (the Spike of iZombie), one of the many amazing Bad Guys in the story (another is Steven Weber lunching on the scenery with real gusto in his best role yet), Malcolm Goodwin as the always calm, always deadpan Clive Babineaux, Rose McIver as Liv (out of undead make-up here), Robert Buckley as the steadfast good guy Major, and Rahul Kohli as the amazing Ravi Chakrabarti. There isn’t a weak performance in the bunch. (Plus Peyton, and Glinda, and Drake, and Mr. Big, and . . . ) Oh, and it’s from Rob Thomas, the guy who brought us Cupid, Party Down, and Veronica Mars.
Oh, and the WiP of the week is Paradise Park, the episodic alt history, steampunkish, turn-of-the-century paranormal romance novel I’ve been working on. Warning: It’s discovery draft which means it’s in disconnected pieces, so really not much fun to read. Also, it’s long. So it’s annoying and time-consuming. Really, just go watch iZombie; season one’s on Netflix now.