'iZombie - The Complete First Season'
(Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, 'iZOMBIE' stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity - human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse's memories - including, at times, clues as to how they were killed.
DVD Verdict: My goodness, what a true, vibrant breath of fresh air this was to me tired (of the same old same old thing) eyes! 'iZombie' - a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics' Vertigo - is a brilliant new TV show, that carries the concept that a police procedural, with many strange twists, still doesn't have to be stereotyped. That's why 'iZombie' earns praise HIGH from me for being one of the few of this genre that does not claim that the forensic lab gets instant results!
Instead it shows that most police work is still leg work, leads, and interrogation. Now, on to the weird stuff. Liv Moore (Rose McIver) was a promising doctor until she was scratched by a drug induced zombie, leaving her craving brains. Now she has left her career in medicine (for fear of infecting someone) for the morgue with its convenient supply of brains. Liv aids Detective Clive Babineaux using the visions she gets from the deceased's brains. This is well played with the visions coming in random spurts, giving her (and us) tantalizing glimpses into the murder, while maintaining an air of mystery. She passes this off as being psychic, which can be very fun on occasions.
One of the more interesting parts of the show is that each episode delves a little into psychology, by having Liv take on parts of the victim's persona (sometimes to great comedic effect.) In each episode whenever they come back from commercial, there is a comic style drawing of the scene with a fun title card (I always look forward to this). The main element that sets this show apart is the witty and clever writing throughout the series. If there is one problem with the show, it is that the story arcs are too quick in coming, and they need more time (or a longer season) to breath. I've only seen the first season, but I hope they fix this in the next season as this has rapidly become must see TV.
Also if you were wondering, the zombies in this show are not your typical zombies. They are not dead, just biologically altered. Heavily slowing down their bodily functions and giving them super strength and healing, along with an ability to not die from most wounds. When they eat brains, they gain the owners abilities, pieces of their persona, and flashes of memories. If they don't eat brains, they slowly will permanently lose mental and physical faculties, presumably eventually dying. Check this show out TODAY as it will be the best thing you have watched for a few years, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 29th, 2015!