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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
By Jason Garrett
First off, I've never been a fan of the zombie genre. Maybe it's the imagined smell, the biting and hygiene, or maybe my disbelief isn't as willing to suspend itself quite as far as it did before. I gave the first season of iZombie a chance on a streaming rental service (with a really bright red screen). Two episodes in, I was hooked! The show takes a lot of liberty with the attractiveness of its zombies--which is appreciated. The cast is top notch, and series lead Rose McIver is doing similar bold, wide-sweeping work that Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany is praised for. Yes, it's cute and quirky, but she takes on a different persona in each episode while never wholly surrendering the issues she's struggling with as one of the undead. She also has great chemistry with the ensemble, all of whom have evolved beyond one-dimensional characters. Also, I'm a bit dumfounded by how much the recurring love interest looks like the love child of Scott Speedman and Simon Baker--right down to the charm! This has the same heart as Buffy, Veronica Mars, and Once Upon A Time...sadly, without their fanbase.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
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By Dusty White
This is the best zombie show on TV, and one of the best serial comedies. I watched the first few seasons of The Walking Dead after reading a handful of the graphic novels and it was great. Gory, dark, dramatic. It is a good show. But it gets a bit one-dimensional after a time, as you just know that characters you grow to like will die horribly and the zombies will NEVER stop coming. In contrast, this show (iZombie) is fun and parkey (I know, I said "perky" and I would be ashamed except that I think that is an apt one-word description). I prefer my zombies with personalities and in this show the only ones without a semblance of humanity are the zombies who are strung out from lack of brains.
The writing is tight, the comedy ranges from subtle to obvious but not over the top. The bad guys are likeable in a Darth Vader kind of way. It has a PG feel to it overall, a little Disney, a little "CW TV show (a'la Smallville or Arrow), and a little old-fashioned good TV story telling. it's hard not to like this show and all too easy to seriously love. The gore level is greatly reduced by the show's unique take on zombie-itus (that is not a term they ever use in the show) . It is a humorous look at the very serious issue of what happens when you become a zombie. Add in the "Addams family style" implied violence versus the slasher gore you get from every other zombie show or movie and it feels like something you could watch with your kids, but that depends on how old they are and how cool you are. All in all this is one of the best of the new breed of TV shows. If you like any of the new superhero TV shows you will like this. It has all of the fun but no long drawn out fight scenes over and over that only reinforce that a fantasy show is nothing without fist fights that drag on far beyond anything in reality. Also, if you like shows like Sense8 or the X-Files this will appeal to you in an alternative TV show style. Anyway, I hope this helps. Thanks for reading this.
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Blu-ray Review, Beware Bad Packaging
This is one of my Blu-ray specific reviews. For a show review, see most of the other reviews.
So, the issue here is somewhat unexpected. The first season of iZombie on Blu-ray was standard for Warner Archive, decent film quality in a standard case with two slots on the front and rear inner faces of the case and a single flap in the center. For the second season, given the need for a larger case and owing to the larger number of episodes and discs, they used, as one would expect, a larger case. However, the design of the case is not the standard design (one disc to each inside face of the case itself and then a single flap in the center of that case with one disc on the front and one disc on the back of that single flap for a total of four tabbed disc holders/hubs in the case) as you and I are accustomed to seeing on four disc sets. They used a new design, one I've never seen before, with no hubs/tabs on the inner faces of the case but, rather, two center flaps with discs on the front and back of each of those flaps.
Why the three star rating? Pretty simple, on the authentic, new sets of season two, discs come loose like you wouldn't believe, I certainly didn't. And, on top if that, scratching is a major issue due to the flap design. Now, ignoring the first set I bought, a set one seller passed of as new that was horribly used, I have had three other sets of this, all sold new, all in this case. I tried sets from multiple sources and vendors and, after many, got one from Amazon that had only one scratched disc which had come loose inside the case during transit. The discs that came loose in each set (in all four sets tried including the new/used one) were the center facing discs, the second disc on the back of the first flap and the third disc on the front of the second flap. This is because the two flaps keep slamming into each other as the disc set is moved around, rather like the clapping of hands.
So, for the record, if you buy this, check it carefully for scratching and if, like me, you have an older Blu-ray player that is sensitive to scratches on discs, make it a priority to watch this and check the discs immediately so you don't get stuck with a bad disc. Good luck on this one. It is a wonderful program but Warner really screwed up on the case they used for this set.