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iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season (2015/Warner DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B- Episodes: B+

When I first saw the previews for iZOMBIE, I was a bit skeptical but after giving it a chance, I quickly found myself binge-watching the whole thing to completion and coming out satisfied. In many ways this is the anti-Walking Dead and closer akin to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Based loosely on a comic book series by DC/Vertigo, iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season is funny, a little creepy, and has a mythos that shows us what role a modern-day zombie may play in our current society.

Much of the show's charm falls on the shoulders of its lead star, Rose McIver, who is pretty cute in the way that Sarah Michelle Gellar was cute in Buffy but at the same time has enough range to make her character believable, especially in the scenes where she 'rages out' and shifts from being her spunky self to an aggressive blood chomping zombie. In many ways, the show is similar to CW's The Flash and Arrow in terms of screenplay structure (and voice over through the opening and much of the mid and ending segments) and a lot of character archetypes (like the cool sidekick, the angsty villain, etc.) that are explored here as well.

The show takes place in Seattle, where we meet our hero - medical resident Olivia (Liv) Moore - who is very good at what she does. We're talking A+ student, perfect fiancé... the works. Her only downside is that she feels like a bit of an outsider when it comes to social events. After saving a patient's life, Liv is asked to a boat party by a co-worker, which she hesitantly agrees to go to after some encouragement by her fiancé (who strangely doesn't go with her). At said boat party, a zombie outbreak happens and she is left for dead. She awakens in a black bag with terrible scratches on her arms, pale skin, and bleached hair. Now that she is of the living dead, she no longer has an appetite or a normal sleep schedule - all she simply craves is human brains (which she pre-heats with noodles or sometimes takes raw).

Having lost her ambition and ultimately becoming a stranger to her family and friends, Liv takes a job at the King County morgue (where she can quickly feed her new addiction with the brains of the recently dead) and unwillingly shares her secret with her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Whenever she eats a victim's brain, Liv inherits some of their personality traits temporarily that overcome her own. She also experiences flashbacks which often give her clues as to the nature of the murder. Liv uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a psychic consultant and finding new meaning in her afterlife. Along the way, however, she discovers that she isn't the only Zombie and encounters a new enemy with a connection to her own transformation.

Thirteen episodes are in this Season One set, which spans three DVDs and includes the excellent Pilot episode, plus Brother Can You Spare a Brain?, The Exterminator, Liv and Let Clive, Flight of the Living Dead, Virtual Reality Bites, Maternity Liv, Dead Air, Patriot Brains, Mr. Berserk, Astroburger, Dead Rat Live Rat Brown Rat White Rat, and the season finale episode Blaine's World.

This review pertains to the DVD edition, which is presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Extras include:

The 2014 comic panel for iZOMBIE and Deleted Scenes.

Approaching its second season, I am definitely going to keep tuning in to iZOMBIE and I would suggest it to horror fans and young adults. It's one of the better new shows that I've seen recently that seems to have fallen off the radar. Hopefully, this great release will help widen its audience.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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