Based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint and developed for television by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), and Diane Ruggiero-Wright iZombie stars Rose McIver as Seattle medical student Olivia Moore. Her life undergoes major changes when she is turned into a zombie. After discovering she can ward off deterioration by eating human brains, Olivia finds a job at the Seattle coroner’s office. Able to determine facts about victim’s final moments after eating their brain matter, she helps solve various cases.
As Season Two begins, Olivia’s ex-fiancé is struggling with recent events, and the news that Olivia is a zombie. Major finds himself working with Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber), to lock away zombies, and facing consequences for his actions. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders), now human, struggles with trying to keep one foot in the zombie universe. Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) suspects Major is involved in Meat Cute massacre, while Olivia’s boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti remains committed to finding an antidote to the zombie virus.
Well scripted, and well-acted, iZombie does a good job of mixing procedural elements, drama, comedy, and a dash of peril. In Olivia, it’s great to see another young female character who can be a role model for girls. Given Rob Thomas’ involvement in the series, its likely no accident that she, like Veronica before her, embraces every challenge. In this season alone, Olivia tackles being a costumed vigilante, a tough-as-nails stripper, a coach, and a fashionista. Rose McIver carries off ever one of these roles with humor and aplomb.
While a handful of Season Two’s nineteen episodes were occasionally on the ragged side, the writers were able to wrap things up in a way that set up well for the third season. I won’t give away details here for those of you who are waiting to binge watch this entire season, except to say that there are greater threats on the horizon!
The DVD looks, and sound just about as good as a standard definition presentation can. In terms of extras we are treated to a look at the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, and a series of deleted scenes available on the episodes “Grumpy Old Liv,” “Love & Basketball,” “Abra Cadaver,” “Cape Town,” “Method Head,” “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter,” “The Whopper,” and “Dead Beat,”
The DVD set is available now, and has been renewed for a third season on the CW.
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