Several comic book-basted television shows premiered during the 2014-15 TV seasons, yet The CW’s iZombie is perhaps the most unique new addition to the pile (if not also one of the best ones). The series follows one Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver), a talented medical resident whose future is looking very bright – both professionally and personally – when she gets turned into a zombie. This event moves Liv towards a most unexpected career: a morgue worker who is able to help the Seattle police solve murder crimes by eating the brains of the deceased – something that allows her to access the memories contained within said brains.
However, Liv not only absorbs memory fragments from the brains she consumes; she also takes on (briefly) their personality traits and mental qualities alike. The new trailer for the show’s sophomore season – which you can watch above – teases a few of the different personality traits that Liv will take on, during the episodes ahead.
The different personalities that Liv has on a weekly basis was a running gag throughout iZombie‘s freshman season – and, as you would expect, certain variations on the concept would up being more successful than others. There was never any question that iZombie would carry over that element during its second season, but the episodes ahead also have the potential to better develop the show’s best components: both the relationships between Liv and characters like her boss Ravi (Rahul Kohli) – who will surely be continuing his quest to cure the zombie epidemic – and her crime-solving partner Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), as well as the larger story developments set in motion by the drama-packed iZombie season one finale.
In fact, iZombie co-showrunner Rob Thomas – who co-created the TV show with fellow Veronica Mars alum Diane Ruggiero – assured ComicBook.com that season two will very much build on the events of the show’s season one finale; in particular, where it concerns the plots threads involving Max Rager corporation head Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber) and the not-so-good zombie, Blaine DeBeers (David Anders):
“We kind of say what the big storyline of Season Two will be in the finale of Season One. There’s a moment with Vaughn Du Clark, the head of Max Rager, says to his right-hand scientist, ‘You worry about creating Super Max, I’m going to eliminate all of the Seattle zombies.’ If zombies were the aggressors in Season One, they’re put a little bit more on the defensive side and it will make very strange bedfellows of Liv and Blaine in Season Two. Getting those two in scenes together, which was tough in Season One, will be much easier in Season Two.”
On that note, you can check out the iZombie season two poster, below:
Blaine certainly had a good deal of personality in iZombie season one, but he wasn’t exactly portrayed as being all that complicated or complex an antagonist for Liv and friends. As such, having him and Liv forced to work together during season two – in order to stay… well, un-alive – should help to make the character a bit more layered, in addition to providing fodder for some entertaining odd couple scenarios (like Thomas suggested). That comedy will help to balance the heavier dramatic material too – like, the emotional fallout of Major (Robert Buckley) having learned Liv’s secret – and having briefly been a zombie himself – as well as the payoff to the final scene in the season one finale (where Liv refused to donate her zombie-tainted blood to her dying younger brother).
In short: while iZombie looks to maintain the quirky crime procedural format of season one with its sophomore season (like the new trailer indicates), the show will have more than plenty of juicer story material (as in, less formulaic) to tackle at the same time.
iZombie season two begins airing on The CW on October 6th, 2015.
Source: The CW, ComicBook.com