When I saw that TVNZ OnDemand were bringing us iZombie fast tracked from the ol’ USA I was very excited.

The reason? Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, is behind the series.

I am a huge Veronica Mars fan. Huge. I was a Kickstarter backer for the VM movie that came out last year and everything. So, the opportunity to see a new television series from him set my fanboy heart a flutter.

Plus, it stars Kiwi actress Rose McIver in the lead role as Liv, which makes it even more awesome.

iZombie, based on the comic book series of the same name, introduces us to Liv Moore: a promising, soon to be married, medical resident who is turned into a half-zombie after attending one hell of a boat party.

Now, she has ended her engagement and works as a coroner’s assistant at the local morgue where she eats the brains of corpses in order to keep herself somewhat human. But by eating said brains Liv sees visions and takes on the personality traits of the victims which she uses to help solve their murders.

Sounds awesome right?

If Veronica were a zombie you’d have Liv. So if you love Veronica Mars, you will adore iZombie.

“What makes you say that?” I hear you ask.

Well for a start, Liv is one awesome character. Like Veronica, Liv is smart, sassy, witty and has a strong sense of justice. Over the course of the pilot you see her transition from being sort of whatever about everything, which you can’t really blame her for, to becoming more driven and motivated after helping solve her first murder. It is great to have another strong female lead on our screens. Rose McIver is super in the role.

The series is also quite refreshing and original, much like Veronica Mars. It’s not another CSI or NCIS or SVU or some other overdone concept. I’m pretty sure a show that revolves around a half-zombie who casually eats brains and solves crimes, or anything close to it, hasn’t been done before.

Then there is the dialogue. Veronica Mars will always be remembered for its sharp wit and Rob Thomas has brought his knack for it to iZombie. I obviously don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it yet but iZombie lives up to its predecessor.

It is also through the dialogue, particularly that of Liv, that the show gets much of its humour. There is not too much, not too little and it always comes in at just the right time.

Now I might be biased (I have tried to be critical, I really have.) but this might be the best new show of 2015. Only time will tell of course, but so far I can’t praise iZombie enough.


A new episode debuts every Wednesday-ish on TVNZ OnDemand.