3 reasons to watch the premiere of ‘iZombie’

Originally published on foxct.com on 3/16/15


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HARTFORD – The CW’s newest series premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. on Fox CT’s sister station, WCCT-TV, Connecticut’s home for The CW.  The series, iZombie, tells the story of Liv (Rose McIver) who, while in the early stages of preparing for a career as a cardiologist, is turned into a brains-eating zombie during an ill-fated yacht party.

Without further ado, here are three reasons to make sure you don’t miss the mid season premiere of this new series:

1.) It pays homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Fans of Buffy, which ran on the old WB Network, will immediately notice that iZombie bears a striking resemblance to all of the good parts of the Joss Whedon-produced show.  Not only is the tone quite similar, merging comedy, drama, and horror, but McIver’s Liv gives a passing nod to both Buffy and Sarah Michelle Geller, in both looks and personality.  Matching the slippery nature of fan-favorite Spike from Buffy, iZombie also boasts its own shady character in the form of another zombie with less than noble intentions, Blaine (David Anders).

2.) In addition to being a horror-comedy, iZombie is a police procedural

Liv takes a job at a police morgue for the accessibility of recently deceased brains.  While there, Liv discovers that when she eats a person’s brains, fragments of their memory filter into her mind, pseudo Warm Bodies, as well as overloading her with pieces of their personalities.  Since all of Liv’s brains come from the police morgue, a large number of these memories are from unsolved murder cases.  In addition to having the ability to assist in the solving of these cases, Liv also develops strange skills, such as languages and refined artistic tastes.

3.) iZombie delves deeper into the human psyche instead of being just a fluff series

In addition to the police procedural aspect of the series, iZombie focuses on this simple concept: What would life be like if you were a law-abiding zombie?

The show maintains its sense of humor, turning dark when it needs to, as Liv explores the ramifications of her new lot in life.  The series follows her journey as an “undead poser in the human world” as she comes to realize that there are, indeed, consequences for absorbing the memories and personalities of other people.

iZombie premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. on WCCT-TV.

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