Let’s see. Zombies invade the party. Olivia gets scratched. Her eyes grow sunken, her skin pales, her hair turns sickly yellow. And she develops an appetite for brains — preferably mixed with pasta and topped with hot sauce.
Olivia dumps her boyfriend and gets a job in the morgue, where there are brains aplenty. But she’s not exactly thrilled by her new craving: “Eating brains sucks beyond words.”
That’s what happened in last week’s pilot of “iZombie,” the new CW series (9 p.m. Tuesdays) based on a comic book and brought to TV by the fertile, uneaten brains of the “Veronica Mars” creators.
There’s never been a series quite like this one: a self-mocking mash-up of zombie thriller, detective show and single-girl-in-the-city comedy. When Olivia eats a murder victim’s brain, she absorbs the person’s memories and has visions that lead to the killer, making her a great sidekick for dashing Detective Babineaux. And like TV’s iconic singleton Mary Richards, she’s trying to see if she can make it after all — or in this case, find “a reason for being not alive.” That kind of deadpan humor is why “iZombie” is more fun than a barrel full of monkey brains.
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