If you don’t follow us on Instagram, you may have missed the special guests who have taken control of our feed these past few weeks, including two of the stars of The CW’s iZombie—Rahul Kohli (Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti) and Robert Buckley (Major Lilywhite—and a bigtime comic book fan).
Based on the Vertigo comic by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred, The CW’s iZombie is a hard show to categorize. Part comedy, part horror, part romance and part procedural, it’s a show that thrives on keeping its viewers on their toes, never quite knowing what to expect from week to week. It’s a trait that extends to its characters as well, perhaps none so clearly as Blaine DeBeers, the brain-dealing psychopath that clashed with protagonist Liv Moore throughout Season 1.
So, here’s what we’ve learned from iZombie this season. Getting a steady supply of brains is a lot more difficult than you’d think, you really are who you eat, zombie rats are kind of cute and perhaps most important, if your ex starts suspecting something’s up with you, maybe you should just come clean to him.
In iZombie, actress Rose McIver plays Olivia “Liv” Moore, a newly made zombie who must consume human brains to maintain her semblance of humanity. The only problem is that those brains come with a week’s worth of (often unwanted) memories and personality traits that once belonged to their owner and which Liv must then endure.
With his classic movies about the living dead, director George Romero laid the groundwork for what would quickly come to be seen as the zombie genre—a subgenre of horror known for its suspense, gore and apocalyptic overtones. We’ve since seen variations on it in everything from the work of Lucio Fulci to the viral nightmare of 28 Days Later to the all-ages popularity of Plants vs. Zombies. We know what to expect when it comes to zombie stories. We know the genre.