‘iZombie: Season Two’ DVD Review
The first season of iZombie was a fun procedural cop comedy/drama with a unique twist – the main character was a zombie that would get flashes of peoples’ lives after eating their brains. Season two was able to take the story to the next level without losing what made the show so great to begin with.
They were able to do this by cultivating the secondary characters and their relationships with both Liv and each other. Quite often when the stakes get higher on shows like this some of the magic gets lost. As the threats become bigger, the characters either change too dramatically and unbelievably or almost disappear completely. Certainly the human element is often lost.
Not so with iZombie. If anything, Liv is the character who has lost some of the focus on the show. This isn’t a knock on Rose McIver who is still delightful as the main character. It is really a testament to how strong of a cast has been assembled around her. Malcolm Goodwin has settled in as Det. Clive Babineaux and has found a way to bring some humor to the straight-man character, Robert Buckley is still perfectly cast as Major Lilywhite as he deals with demons of his own, David Anders’s portrayal of Blaine is the perfect mix of creepy and funny, and Steven Weber shines as the villainous Vaughn Du Clark.
However, two characters really steal the show for me. The first is Rahul Kohli as Liv’s boss and Major’s roommate Ravi. This funny and charming nerd is quietly stealing the series from the other regulars as he has created a strong emotional connection with all of the characters while also being the only person on the show that is smart enough to be working on a cure for the zombie outbreak. Without Ravi’s hand the show would have surely come off the rails by now, but his subtle mix of humor, emotion, and intelligence makes him the character that is the easiest to identify with for many viewers.
I was also very glad to see the return of Aly Michalka as Peyton. She was absent from the beginning of the second season after learning that Liv was a zombie towards the end of season one, and I was surprised at how loud her absence was. As many friends as Liv constantly has around her, Peyton is her closest and the one she is most comfortable talking to. The audience sorely missed her as they were left with holes in Liv’s thoughts since she had no one to express them to.
The show’s story has also continued to grow, and with the events of the finale it looks like there will be excrement and fans all over Seattle. While the action and plots may swell, I have faith in the writers to keep the balance of the show in check with the help of Ravi, Peyton, and the rest of the cast.
Season two of iZombie is available now on DVD with only some deleted scenes and a Comic Con panel as special features. The show will only go as far as the fans’ support will take it, so be sure to watch!