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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.