O is for…Olivia Moore

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 Owas 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

Braaaaains
Braaaaains

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.

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  1. This is the weekend before the last full week of A to Z. You’re amazing for staying with us this long. Thanks for your commitment. You’re almost there. This event only happens once a year, so get ready for the home stretch!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    P is for Paranormal Vs. Supernatural

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  2. Ack. I don’t know. I watch a whole lot on the CW channel that I have to suspend my beliefs for, but I don’t know if I can pull this one off. I’m too stuck in my ways. Zombies are just that, zombies. There aren’t like level of zombies. You know, like vampires don’t sparkle. I know. It’s just my personal hang-up.
    Heather

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    1. haha…I can understand that. It took me a few tries to get past it, but there are a few things out along these lines—sentient zombies—right now that I’ve found interesting enough. And I really like seeing how people re-make tales, even those that don’t do a particularly good job of it I find interesting. lol

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    1. It is! There are a few interesting things out along these lines right now—Warm Bodies and White Trash Zombie both have sentient zombies.

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    1. I dunno—I haven’t read the WTZ books, but looking at the synopsis, they’re quite different. And it is based on the Vertigo series, albeit loosely. It seems more like the Hunger Games/Battle Royale debate—different articulations of a similar premise.

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  3. Aha, I’d been hearing about the show but was wondering what the twist was that they were using. I’m hit and miss in my appreciation of zombie stuffs… but this sounds like one I might enjoy.

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    1. I’ve heard a lot of comparisons to WTZ, and now I’m really interested in reading the series. I think the main differences, from what I’ve gathered, are in the universe itself and the main character—Angel is pretty different from Olivia (whose name is Gwen in the Vertigo series).

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        1. Yeah, that’s what I’m seeing in the synopsis—it also seems like the zombie universe is a bit different. In iZombie, the zombies are infected by a new drug or by other zombies, and there are only a few of them.

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    1. A bit, yes. The zombies are a little different, and there’s not an apocalypse so much as a few infected people, but that’s part of what makes it fun—the zombies have to learn to pass.

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