iZombie Preview: 6 Reasons to Watch

Cate Cameron/The CW
Cate Cameron/The CW

Don’t we have enough television shows based on comic books? Do we really need to watch another one? While those are certainly two valid questions and concerns that you may have ahead of the premiere of iZombie on Tuesday, we’re think you’re going to want to go ahead and add the new CW drama to your watch-list.

Based off the DC/Vertigo comic book, iZombie is the latest television project from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. The show stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex) as Liv, a successful medical resident whose life takes a dramatic turn when she unexpectedly becomes a zombie. She takes a job at the city morgue in order to gain access to brains that she now needs to consume, and pairs up with a police detective to help solve crimes utilizing her newfound special “talents.”

Given that somewhat quirky premise, if you’re not completely sold on whether or not you want to tune in, let us offer up six quick reasons why we think you should:

1. Rose McIver

We’re really digging McIver as Liv. She already has us hooked and caring about her character after just a short period of time. She also does a great job of portraying two different versions of Liv–the pre-zombie medical resident who knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life, and then the changed, undead version who doesn’t quite know what lies next, but isn’t going to sit around feeling sorry for herself either. That’s a quality we can get behind in a female lead.

2. The obvious Veronica Mars comparisons

We all know Rob Thomas can write great TV episodes about sharp-tongued, tiny blonde women. And the similarities between Liv and Veronica are definitely there. They are both cynical characters who at the same time really want to help others out. Veronica Mars’ fans will find a familiarity watching iZombie, and we don’t think that’s a bad thing. Also, look for cast members from Veronica Mars to show up on from time to time here. There was one such sighting in the pilot and Thomas has previously confirmed that Percy Daggs (Wallace) and Ryan Hansen (Dick) will appear in upcoming episodes as well.

Diyah Pera/The CW
Diyah Pera/The CW

3. The men of iZombie, especially David Anders

Yes, McIver is the star and while we love her, we can’t help but show the men of iZombie some love as well. Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) plays Liv’s ex-fiancé Major, and while we don’t know much about him, all signs point to him being the perfect guy. However, being The TV Junkies that we are, we were most excited to see David Anders (you’ll always be Sark from Alias to us) co-starring. He doesn’t appear much in the pilot, and we don’t want to give anything away about his connection to Liv, but let’s just say we can’t wait to find out more about his character. Anders seems to really be having fun playing the devious, snarky foil to McIver’s Liv and it’s by far our favourite dynamic on the show. Liv also forms nice working relationships with both her boss at the morgue (Rhaul Kohli), and Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), whom she ends up working with to solve crimes committed against the victim’s whose brain she has eaten.

4. You don’t need to be familiar with the comic

Good news for those of you out there who may be unfamiliar with the iZombie books–the show has decided to depart from the comic as Thomas and fellow EP Diane Ruggiero-Wright are building the show’s mythology for themselves. One big departure the show took was getting rid of the book’s grave digger character (who was Liv’s source of brains) and instead put her to work at the morgue. But, if comics are still your jam, no worries. We’ve heard the tone of the show and that of the comics seem to line up nicely.

5. Finding out the “powers” of the week

So other than the basic perks of being a zombie, for example barely bleeding when you get cut and torn up, Liv will get a special “power” or “talent” each week from the person’s brain she has consumed. Some are likely to be better talents than others, but we’re looking forward to seeing what new skill Liv picks up from week to week and how she utilizes it to solve the crime at hand.

6. An intriguing overarching mystery

Why did the zombie attack that turned Liv into the undead happen? Are there other zombies out there, living amongst everyday people the way Liv is? This has all the makings of what could be a great season-long mystery to balance out the case of the week murders. So far, count us in and intrigued!

iZombie premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET on the CW and on Shomi in Canada.