When you look back at the history of zombie fiction, the subject of couth and table manners doesn’t really command a whole lot of attention. Enter Liv Moore, the undead coroner’s office worker played by Rose McIver in The CW’s upcoming comedy/horror procedural iZombie. She’s not one of those gauche zombos who is all “brains brains brains” and goes about trying to eat from a still-living skull. She’s far from your average zombie. All Liv needs is a pair of chopsticks and a hunger to solve crime.
Loosely based on the hit Vertigo comic of the same name, iZombie is the latest trek into television for Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas, who traded the heavy supernatural subject matter of the comic for more humans and a case-of-the-week vibe. When Liv eats the brain of a corpse, she experiences that person’s memories, as well the events surrounding their deaths. This makes her a prime choice to pose as a psychic to assist her local police department in solving murder cases, which she does with the help of detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin).
Luckily, Liv isn’t expected to run out and just start finding corpses all willy nilly. She was a cheery medical resident with her whole life ahead of her until the fateful night when a zombie took a chunk out of her. Depressed, she uses her education to get a job at a Seattle coroner’s office, where her boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) soon discovers her secret, and is all the more intrigued for it. Though it isn’t the expected route for most college students, at least solving murders gives Liv hope that her life wasn’t for nothing.
Check out the second image below, which is even more intriguing, as Liv is obviously confused about what she’s doing there, covered up with a body bag next to someone else’s horrifically decrepit remains.
If you take a look at the video below, you can catch like, a whole second of footage from the show.
Though Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s comic series ended its 28-issue run in 2012, it has obviously retained a huge fanbase, and TV Guide got the scoop that DC Collectibles is releasing a top-quality statue of the lead character, Gwen. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez, the statue stands at 9.25 inches and will go for the WTF price of $99.95 when it hits stores in November. Take a peek at the duality-driven figure below.
I’m a big fan of Rob Thomas, who also directed the pilot episode, and I liked (but didn’t love) the comic, though I guess that second part isn’t relevant. A fresh take on zombies is never a bad thing. I’m pretty excited to see iZombie make it to CW’s airwaves, though it sucks that the network decided to postpone the premiere until early 2015. In the meantime, do you guys want to go and get some takeout? I know this great cemetery…