iZombie starts off with Seatttle medical resident Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore (Rose McIver) going to a party one night. Nothing too out of the ordinary about that, except that she definitely chose the wrong night to go partying. Cue the zombie outbreak. Next thing Liv knows, she wakes up as part of the living dead army. Logically, this kinda turns her life upside down and makes her lose her ambition. She doesn’t want to be a doctor anymore, breaks up with her fiancé and adopts a goth persona instead.
Rather than eating her friends, she gets a job in the city morgue because… you know, easy access to brains that help her maintain some sense of humanity. Liv even lets her boss, Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) in on her secret and the fact that when she eats someone’s brains, as a side-effect she gets to relive that person’s memories. It doesn’t take the two of them long to embark on crime-solving missions along with detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), who thinks Liv is psychic.
iZombie, based on a comic by the same name, is delightful, fresh and funny. Rose McIver hits all the right notes in her performance as a high-functioning zombie crimefighter and the show is just the right kind of quirky, moves along nicely and doesn’t take itself too serious. It shows that - just like Warm Bodies - there are still original avenues to be explored within the zombie genre.