How happy am I that iZombie
is back on my TV screen? Pretty darn happy. For newbies, the premise is high concept and simple: a medical intern goes to a boat party and leaves as one of Seattle's rising walking dead, but don't worry -- the apocalypse isn't upon us. In fact, things are pretty normal for Liv Moore (get it?) besides the bleach white hair, pasty skin and a hankering hunger for brains. Swapping doctor for Medical Examiner, Liv ingests human brains, absorbing the personality traits, memories and skills of the deceased. Using this unknowable knowledge, she helps out cases with her boss, Ravi, and her detective friend and partner, Clive Babineaux.
I mention the premise because the season 2 premiere, "Grumpy Old Liv," drops us into the middle of things. The show's smart enough to assume you've seen the show and know the stakes but also that you're not tuning in for the first time. It swiftly catches us up on the three-month interim, where Liv refused to donate blood to her dying brother after using a zombie cure on former fiance Major Lilywhite (the names on this show). That relationship is pretty strained, considering Liv hasn't disclosed her infliction to anyone without them having a terrible reaction (bye bye, Peyton; we hardly knew ya).