TV Review: “iZombie” Season 2 – A Show With Brains & Wit

Written by Caitlin Cooper April 21, 2016

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I’m a fairly recent fan of the zombie genre, and I tend to prefer zombies with a dash of comedy rather than the same old, same old zombies from shows like The Walking Dead (though I do like that show). When I first heard of a little upcoming zombie show based on a DC Comics series where the zombie solves crimes, I was excited. iZombie‘s first season was what I wanted it to be, though sometimes it was almost too cheesy. But I considered myself a dedicated viewer by the end of the season. And now after watching the recently ended season two, I can safely say I’m a full fledged fan of this zombie show with heart, drama, action, mystery, and comedy. Oh, and brains. Lots of brains.

iZombie season two sees a lot of big things for zombie and coroner’s assistant Olivia Moore (Rose McIver) and her friends. Now her ex-boyfriend, Major (Robert Buckley), knows the truth about her, and they’re attempting to mend their relationship. Her friend Peyton (Aly Michalka) also knows, but she takes some time to accept that Liv is still Liv, just with a different diet and the occasional vision. Last season Liv gave the big baddy, Blaine (David Anders), the only existing zombie cure which helped neutralized him. So this season we see the biggest goal being to re-create the cure. But the problem is, the cure isn’t exactly permanent. And with new characters bringing drama to the story, and Max Rager continuing to make it’s products despite knowing the side effects, there are a lot of problems to solve for Liv and her friends. But through it all Liv works with Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) to solve murders.

“Who would watch a show about zombies?”

Part of the reason why I enjoy iZombie so much is because it feels very much like Veronica Mars, one of my favourite shows, which is no surprise given that Rob Thomas is the creator of both shows. The shows even have similar episode formats, similar snappy dialogue, and some Veronica Mars cast members even have cameos. But iZombie is able to explore some different things because of the mythology. Every brain Liv eats influences her personality big time which either creates problems or leads to some hilarious behaviour. And while this is the main source of comedy in the show, it also addresses how this part of being a zombie can negatively affect relationships. Some pretty big things happen this season, and the writing seems better than ever. Sure, there are still some moments of cheese, but mostly the show has the right balance of mystery, drama, and comedy. This season we see Major in danger for being a zombie hit-man, and this secret definitely creates issues with his friends. It’s interesting that he lies to Liv about what he does even when she outright asks him, so hopefully this will be addressed next season. Also, we finally, finally see Clive learn the truth about Liv. I’ve been waiting for that episode for so long and the 2 hour season finale did not disappoint. What’s wonderful about iZombie is that Liv truly has people around her who support her once they learn the truth. It’s these relationships that ultimately make the show. Though I do find it odd that both times Liv had a zombie boyfriend they died. And that plot twist at the end? Well, let’s just say it means season 3 will be quite different.

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Of course, what would any show be without its cast? McIver, who was previously on Once Upon A Time, does really well at being the lead. Liv is such a different character, yet McIver makes her fast-talking and crime solving character badass and also admirable. She plays to both the emotional and the kick-ass side of Liv well. Rahul Kohli plays Ravi, Liv’s co-worker and friend. His character is determined to find the cure, and he remains Liv’s main supporter. He’s also the funny best friend character, and he plays it well. Goodwin as Detective Clive Babineaux is great. He may not understand Liv’s mood swings, but he relies on her and ultimately supports her. This season the character is given more story to play with, and Goodwin definitely shows his talent.

“Can we just be honest for a moment? We both know deep down that this can’t work. Being a zombie has changed me. You love the woman I was before, you tolerate the woman I am now.”

You might think the zombie genre is done to death, and that zombie shows are bland, but iZombie is honestly a breath of fresh air when compared with the dark but very slowly paced The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. It brings a sometimes lighter mythology to the table, but still takes the genre seriously when it counts. The writing has improved this season, and the story has finally had the revelations I’ve been waiting for since season 1. Sometimes the genre needs some comedy and heart mixed in, where not all zombies are monsters. The show also manages to be a Veronica Mars style crime show. iZombie is a must-watch, and I look forward to season 3.

My Rating: 8/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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