I might’ve mentioned a time or two that I like zombies. So when the CW announced a new zombie show, I was really excited. The show is based on the Vertigo comic series iZombie created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, though there are multiple changes to the story.
Olivia Moore is medical resident—or she was, until she went to a party and was subsequently turned into a zombie. But she’s not a George Romero or The Walking Dead-style zombie. Olivia retains most of her human qualities; in fact, aside from being extremely pale with white hair, she looks and acts much like any other human. Or, at least she does as long as she’s able to eat brains.
Without eating brains, the zombies in iZombie deteriorate, turn into the kind of zombies that we’re more familiar with—uncontrollable appetite for flesh, loss of language, deteriorating flesh, etc. But so long as they eat a steady supply of brains, the zombies remain mostly human.
After becoming a zombie, Olivia leaves her medical residency, dumps her
fiancee, and begins work in a morgue, where she’ll have a bountiful supply of brains to snack on and keep her from “full on zombie mode.”
Eating brains does have some interesting side effects in this universe. Whenever a zombie eats a brain, the zombie gets flashes of the other person’s life, of their memories—especially those leading up to the person’s death. Zombies also manifest parts of the personalities of the brains they consume.
And oh, my, does that make things fun. Episode 5 of the show just aired, and Olivia Moore is already teaming up with a homicide detective (who think she’s a psychic) to solve murder cases. The show isn’t afraid to delve into the silly—Olivia suddenly masters kung fu in one moment, and in the next she’s developing kleptomaniac tendencies.
Olivia Moore is perhaps one of the best kind of monsters—the kind that surprises us, keeps us on our toes. I look forward to seeing more of the show, and to getting my hands on the comics.