iZombie (TV series)
by Chris Roberson
|Opening theme||"Stop, I'm Already Dead"
by Deadboy & the Elephantmen
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original release||March 17, 2015– present|
iZombie is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW, and is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series was officially picked up on May 8, 2014, for the 2014–15 season and premiered on March 17, 2015.  The first season will consist of 13 episodes. On May 6, 2015 the series was renewed for a second season.
A medical resident in Seattle, Washington, Olivia "Liv" Moore has her world turned upside down after attending a party, at which she is turned into a zombie. Once a straight-laced and driven young woman with a blooming romance and promising medical career as a cardiac surgeon, Liv now takes a job at the King County morgue, in order to satisfy her urge for brains. Each time she eats a murder victim's brain, she gains some personality traits from that person and experiences flashbacks that often give her clues as to the nature of the murder. She uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a "psychic" consultant. Liv is aided by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who is more fascinated by her condition than scared of it, and Detective Clive Babineaux, who believes that she really is a psychic. She sets out to help the people of Seattle, understand her condition, find out how she was turned into a zombie, and fight a formidable menace on the rise.
Cast and characters
- Rose McIver as Olivia "Liv" Moore:
- The series protagonist and narrator. A former medical resident who became a zombie when a boat party she was attending was attacked by people who had just taken a new drug called 'Utopium'. She now works as a coroner's assistant for the King County Medical Examiner's Office to have access to the human brains she must frequently consume to keep her humanity intact and suppress her hunger. Without feeding, she becomes increasingly less intelligent. She experiences flashes of memories from the brains she eats, taking on random quirks from her subjects—ranging from a fear of pigeons to a sudden appreciation for art or martial arts skills—and has demonstrated the ability to take a bullet to the chest with little damage. She graduated from the University of Washington.
- Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux:
- A Seattle PD detective, newly-transferred from vice to homicide when the series starts, who gets Liv's help to solve crimes. Liv and Ravi claim that she is "psychic-ish" to account for her knowledge of victims.
- Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti:
- A medical examiner and Liv's boss. He knows Liv's secret and assists her whenever he can to protect as well as study her, expressing an interest in finding a cure for her condition. He used to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but was fired for his obsession with preparing for an attack with biological weapons.
- Robert Buckley as Major Lilywhite:
- Liv's ex-fiancé; she ended the relationship to prevent him being "infected" by her condition. Like Liv, he is a graduate of the University of Washington, and he works as a social worker at the local teen center.
- David Anders as Blaine DeBeers:
- The series main antagonist. A drug dealer-turned-zombie whose experimental drug caused the zombie outbreak. He claimed to Liv that he resorts to grave-robbing to access brains, but in reality he has set up a new 'drug ring', with other zombies as the customers and the brains of murdered local homeless teens as the product. His base of operations is a local butcher shop from which he runs a home delivery service of gourmet prepared brain meals for wealthy zombie customers. In keeping with his drug-dealer approach, he has been shown attacking his former criminal associates/rivals and creating new zombies to drive demand (including at least one rich woman he turned during a one-night-stand before making arrangements to sell her the brains she needed to stay stable).
- Aly Michalka as Peyton Charles: Liv's best friend and roommate, who expresses concern about Liv's declining interest in life after the boat party. She works as an assistant district attorney for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
- Molly Hagan as Eva Moore: Liv's mother, who often attempts to encourage Liv to get over her perceived "PTSD" from the boat party. Eva works as a hospital administrator.
- Nick Purcha as Evan Moore: Liv's brother.
- Bradley James as Lowell Tracy, a musician and fellow zombie who was a love interest for Liv, before he was killed by Blaine.
- Hiro Kanagawa as Lieutenant Suzuki, Babineaux's senior officer who is secretly a zombie.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Pilot"||Rob Thomas||Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright||March 17, 2015||296850||2.29|
|Having been transformed into a zombie during a boat party and forced to give up on her old dreams and family ties, Liv Moore finds herself assisting rookie Detective Clive Babineaux in the investigation of a murdered Romanian prostitute when her boss, Ravi, introduces her as a psychic after she has a flash of insight about the victim based on the consumed brains. Meanwhile, Liv struggles to keep her undead existence a secret from her roommate Peyton as well as her former fiancé Major.|
|2||"Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?"||John Kretchmer||Diane Ruggiero-Wright||March 24, 2015||3J5502||1.99|
|Liv develops a painting obsession when she eats the brain of a murdered artist that Clive is investigating. Liv also encounters another zombie for the first time in the form of the drug-dealer, Blaine DeBeers, who was unintentionally responsible for her transformation. Blaine asks that Liv supply him with brains from the morgue, but Liv quickly begins to distrust him. Blaine then kills his former drug dealing contacts as well as infects a woman that he picks up from a local bar. Liv also becomes distraught after learning that Major has moved on with his life after finding out that he is dating someone new.|
|3||"The Exterminator"||Michael Fields||Story by: Rob Thomas
Teleplay by: Graham Norris & Lee Arcuri
|March 31, 2015||3J5503||1.81|
|While investigating the murder of a sociopath hitman, Liv becomes emotionally distant after eating his brain, causing her to make increasingly morally questionable decisions which includes interfering with Peyton's court case as well as bad-mouthing Clive's investigation. Meanwhile, Liv and Ravi discover another zombie hidden away who happens to be Marcy, Liv's old work friend. With Marcy having regressed to a 'standard' zombie mentality, Ravi hopes that providing her with food will help him determine a cure for Liv. Also, Blaine continues his quiet killing spree across Seattle and his latest victim is a friend of Major.|
|4||"Liv and Let Clive"||John Kretchmer||Kit Boss||April 7, 2015||3J5504||1.77|
|When her latest brain causes Liv to experience a flash of Clive apparently brutally assaulting a gang member, she begins to suspect that he is a dirty cop. Meanwhile, Blaine's new operation hits a stumbling block when two of his men attempt to set up shop for themselves.|
|5||"Flight of the Living Dead"||David Warren||Deirdre Mangan||April 14, 2015||3J5505||1.85|
|A skydiving trip turns into a disaster when Holly White (Tasya Teles), an ex-sorority student and Liv's friend, is found dead and a fellow skydiver accuses one person, Lowell Tracy (Bradley James). Reluctantly, Liv eats Holly's brains to find out the truth, which leads to a vision when a Facebook video shows Holly being pressured by Tracy. Liv asks Babineaux to pursue Holly's death as a new case, to which he agrees, even though it is not listed as a homicide. He interrogates the witness Tracy, a singer, and they find out the GoPro footage was deleted. Other witnesses include Ren Smith (Blair Penner), an athlete with a sponsorship deal from the energy drink company Max Rager, Eliza Marquette (Summer Bishil), an executive at Max Rager who claims the footage was deleted on account of graphic images, and Carson McComb (Ryan Hansen), a pro snowboarder. Liv has a vision of McComb which implies that he is in an intimate relationship with Smith. Later, Babineaux manages to get the case listed as a homicide, due to a prescription of GHB. Liv attends a memorial for Holly, in which the team asks Liv to leave, to no effect. Liv discovers Lowell is a zombie, with him hitting on her in the process. McComb is accused of obtaining the drug, where he reveals that Eliza is the real killer.|
|6||"Virtual Reality Bites"||Dermott Downs||Gloria Calderon Kellett||April 21, 2015||3J5506||1.80|
|Liv's newly-acquired hacking skills may be the key to cracking their latest case when a reclusive hacker known for posting critical reviews is murdered, but she also has to deal with the victim's agoraphobia.|
|7||"Maternity Liv"||Patrick Norris||Bob Dearden||April 28, 2015||3J5507||1.69|
|When a young pregnant woman is found by campers murdered, Liv develops strong maternal instincts while trying to investigate the case. Meanwhile, Major's investigations into the missing persons become complicated when he inadvertently alienates Clive and his own efforts at detective work result in him being arrested.|
|8||"Dead Air"||Zetna Fuentes||Aiyana White||May 5, 2015||3J5509||1.62|
|When a radio host known for relationship straight talk is murdered on air, a rival show host is suspect. Liv applies the host's uncompromising psychological insight to those around her, making Clive annoyed and Ravi uncomfortable. Peyton and Ravi spark up a moment when they cross paths unexpectedly while seeking to get Major released from jail. Liv repeatedly tries to convince Ravi that Peyton is not his type even while Liv's relationship with Lowell heats up. Blaine increases pressure on Clive's boss, who has suspicions about Liv.|
|9||"Patriot Brains"||Guy Bee||Robert Forman||May 12, 2015||3J5508||1.70|
|A retired elite sniper turned paintball instructor is found dead during a game and the prime suspects are his ex-wife and her new husband. Ravi is relieved to discover the infection cannot jump across species. The Candyman attacks Major at his home, but flees after being repeatedly shot. Liv confronts Lowell about the brains that he purchases from Blaine and decides Blaine should die. When Liv decides to not go with the plan, Lowell attempts to kill Blaine himself, but ends up being shot in the head instead.|
|10||"Mr. Berserk"||Jason Bloom||Deirdre Mangan & Graham Norris||May 19, 2015||3J5510||1.50|
|Right after Blaine kills Lowell, Liv is taken into custody and is questioned by the police. Lt. Suzuki cuts the interrogation short and orders the case closed as a suicide. Meanwhile, a reporter who is working on the missing children case is found dead. The murder leads to a bigger conspiracy involving the Max Rager energy drink company, which is the suspected cause of the zombie outbreak. Major, who believes he is going crazy, admits himself for psychiatric help, but finds himself getting closer to the truth.|
|11||"Astroburger"||Michael Fields||Kit Boss||May 26, 2015||3J5511||1.56|
|After being admitted into the mental institute, Major finds his chess buddy murdered in his bath. Major explains to Liv that Scott was delusional to the point that he thought he was always being chased by the devil, and Liv realizes that Scott was a witness to the Lake Washington incident. Further investigation results in Liv finding that Blaine was in contact with Scott, and that Scott had recorded the whole incident at the lake on his phone. While Ravi succeeds in finding a cure on his test mouse, Major decides to check himself out of the institute to search for the phone, before stealing Blaine's brains supply and declares that he will kill every zombie he finds.|
|12||"Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat"||Mairzee Almas||Diane Ruggiero-Wright||June 2, 2015||TBA||TBD|
|13||"Blaine's World"||Michael Fields||Rob Thomas||June 9, 2015||TBA||TBD|
iZombie has received critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 91% approval rating with an average rating of 7.7/10 based on 44 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "An amusing variation on the zombie trend, iZombie is refreshingly different, if perhaps too youth-oriented to resonate with adult audiences." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 74 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Amy Ratcliffe of IGN gave the pilot episode a 8.4/10, praising the show's "casual take on zombies" and Rose McIver's performance as Liv. LaToya Ferguson of the Onion's A.V Club gave the series a grade A-. Ferguson says the show is better for diverging from its comic book origins. She praises the show for the same quick witted banter as Veronica Mars, and says it measure up well against Pushing Daisies, but her comparisons are meant as a compliment saying "Television can only be better for having the voices of Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright back on a weekly basis".
|1||"Pilot"||March 17, 2015||0.8/3||2.29||0.6||1.4|
|2||"Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?"||March 24, 2015||0.7/2||1.99||0.4||1.1|
|3||"The Exterminator"||March 31, 2015||0.7/2||1.81||0.5||1.2|
|4||"Liv and Let Clive"||April 7, 2015||0.7/2||1.77||0.5||1.2|
|5||"Flight of the Living Dead"||April 14, 2015||0.8/2||1.85||N/A||N/A|
|6||"Virtual Reality Bites"||April 21, 2015||0.6/2||1.80||0.4||1.0|
|7||"Maternity Liv"||April 28, 2015||0.7/2||1.69||TBA||TBA|
|8||"Dead Air"||May 5, 2015||0.6/2||1.62||TBA||TBA|
|9||"Patriot Brains"||May 12, 2015||0.6/2||1.70||TBA||TBA|
|10||"Mr. Berserk"||May 19, 2015||0.6/2||1.50||TBA||TBA|
|11||"Astroburger"||May 26, 2015||0.6/3||1.56||TBA||TBA|
|12||"Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat"||June 2, 2015||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|13||"Blaine's World"||June 9, 2015||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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