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iZom­bie Stan

iZom­bie is a ter­rific adap­ta­tion of the DC Comic of the same name, which tells the story of Liv Moore, played by New Zealan­der Rose McIver. Liv was a high achiev­ing young doc­tor with a bright fu­ture. But af­ter a boat party where en­ergy drinks are mixed with a new syn­thetic drug, zom­bi­ism breaks out and Liv gets in­fected. (Oh, I just got it: Liv? She’s dead, or more ac­cu­rately un­dead. Moore is More. Clever.) De­spite her pal­lor, Liv is able to think and move at nor­mal speed, and even hold down a job, so long as she eats brains from time to time. To that end, she trans­fers to the morgue, run by Dr Ravi (the ex­cel­lent Rahul Kohli), who keeps her se­cret while re­search­ing a pos­si­ble cure. But when Liv eats brains from the re­cently de­ceased, she starts to take on their per­son­al­ity traits and even ex­pe­ri­ences vi­sions from their lives — and, in some cases, their un­timely deaths. Pre­tend­ing to be psy­chic, she teams up with homi­cide de­tec­tive Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Good­win) to help solve the mur­ders of her erst­while meals. On one level it’s a moral­ity tale about drugs, ad­dic­tion and high achievers go­ing off life’s rails. It’s also an in­ter­est­ing spin on the zombie genre, which of­ten por­trays the un­dead as The Walk­ing Dead- style re­morse­less be­ings from hell; this show be­ing closer to the Warm Bod­ies model, where Ni­cholas Hoult’s zombie just needed a lit­tle love. But noth­ing has re­minded so much of Buffy the

Vam­pire Slayer as iZom­bie, from the snappy di­a­logue and the strong fe­male hero­ine, to the Joss Whe­don-eque blend of high and low cul­tural ref­er­ences and playful use of genre con­ven­tions. Sea­son two has re­cently landed on Stan.

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