When I first heard of the new CW show iZombie, I was a little skeptical. Plus, I had several other shows on Tuesday that would prevent me watching it. So I admit it slipped past my radar. When Moviepilot asked me to watch it and write something about it, I was hesitant, but I agreed. And now, four episodes in, I'm in love with this show.
I have a general rule of thumb for most new shows I'm trying out. I'll give it three episodes to hook me. iZombie only needed one. I was hooked from the super cool "comic book" intro screens, and only fell deeper in love after that.
One of my pet peeves in television shows is the lack of progress. You wind up yelling at the screen in frustration as the character again does something stupid. Or tells another lie. But not with this show. I loved how it just jumped right in. No waiting for her to turn Zombie. No waiting for someone to catch her in the act. Which was a very pleasant and refreshing change.
Another thing that bothers me about shows is finding the balance between the lack of humor but not taking themselves to seriously. For instance, Supernatural (another CW show) achieves this balance expertly. They take themselves seriously, but also make a few jokes for the fans that have stuck with the show for all these years. One show that failed has failed at finding this balance is Arrow season 3, which takes itself so seriously that I found it completely laughable at times. iZombie is another perfect example of being serious but still knowing what it is. And what it is, is fun.
Also, as a fan of mystery and intrigue, I was in love with the mystery in each episode of the show so far. The idea of Zombies that were, for lack of a better word, "normal." And no apocalypses, which was amazingly refreshing. Not that I don't love me some Zombie apocalypse stories (I'm looking at you Walking Dead), but the idea of Zombies living a "normal" life is fascinating.
However, no show is without faults. And admittedly, having not finished the season yet, this complaint could go away a few more episodes in. While I love the mystery stories, it's starting to fall into the "villain of the week" trope. Another of my pet peeves. But luckily, it's not enough to make me give up on the show. And I'm sure it'll improve as it goes on as most shows do.
One thing is for sure though, I'm very excited to watch the rest of this season and any future seasons to come.
iZombie is out on DVD/Blu-Ray today!