‘iZombie: Season One’ DVD Review
iZombie is the latest CW adaptation of a DC property. I guess this one is technically Vertigo, but they’re all the same. I’ve actually read the first part of this series. It’s only about 28 issues, and I’ve been able to get my hands on the first half. It’s really entertaining.
The Eisner Award Nominated comic follows Gwen, a recently turned zombie who works as a gravedigger. Once a month she has to dig up a recently buried body to eat their brains or else she will become the crazy brain-starved being we all know zombies to be. In an odd way, by digging up dead bodies and eating their brains, she is able to retain her humanity. She also is able to see flashes of the lives of these people. She tries to help them get closure if at all possible.
The CW show took this simple plot device and created an all-new story around it. This is the best version of adaptation in my opinion. The main character of the series is Liv. She’s a med student who was bitten during the secret zombie uprising. She goes to work at a morgue to have a steady supply of brains, but she still gets visions from the recently deceased. She meets up with a detective and becomes his unofficial partner.
The show was developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, the creative team behind Veronica Mars. They did a great job of retaining the quirky humor of the comic while giving it new life in the form of completely different characters. This isn’t just a procedural cop show. This is more like if Lizzie McGuire became a zombie medical examiner. There is also the overarching story of an unknown zombie uprising, and how Liv’s personal relationships have evolved since she’s become a secret zombie.
The cast is pretty decent as well. Rose McIver plays Liv and does a good job of carrying the show, but she doesn’t have to. The secondary characters are all great as well, both the heroes and villains.
I’m really looking forward to the second season. One thing from the comic I hope they include in future episodes is some of the other mythological creatures. In the comic, Gwen’s best friends are a ghost and a were-terrier (instead of a werewolf), and she also meets vampires and possessed animals. It’s a really cool concept in the comic, and I would be interested to see how they adapt it.
Overall I really like the show. It’s fun, smart, and unique. I’m glad it’s found an audience. Hopefully the second season is a big enough hit to make Warner Bros take notice and release a Blu-ray/Digital version of season one. As of now their only release will be on DVD, September 29th.