Welcome to Elitish.com – First post: iZombie

Welcome to Elitish.com – we’re a brand new pop culture hub on the connecting tubes known as the internet, and we’ll be bringing you updated pop culture analysis and discussion.

Our goal is to become an influential voice – to reach the heights of a Grantland, or NPR’s Monkey See.  We’re going to try our damnedest to be on top of everything that’s going on in pop culture, and our goal is to cover music, television/film, and books.

For our inaugural post, we’re going to be talking about one of our favorite new TV shows – iZombie, on the CW Network.

When we first heard about iZombie, we were skeptical. It seemed to us like a blatant cash grab attempt by the CW – clearly they were trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Walking Dead. Everybody’s tried it. FX had the Strain. The perpetually awful Syfy network had ZNation. Naturally, we were skeptical about yet another Zombie show being released from a hit-or-miss network like the CW.

However, after doing a little bit of digging, we started getting excited about iZombie. For one thing, Rob Thomas, the creator of the incomparably awesome Veronica Mars, was going to be the showrunner. Also, we discovered that iZombie was based off a comic book – and this particular comic wasn’t even remotely similar to The Walking Dead. In fact, after doing a little research, we learned that the whole Zombie thing in the iZombie comic was a bit of a red herring – it’s not really about zombies so much as it is about a superheroine who just happens to derive her powers from being a zombie. It’s as much about zombies as Superman is about aliens. Why was this exciting? Well, the CW has done tremendously well with their super hero adaptions. Both Arrow and the Flash are superbly entertaining. Right now, there’s 2 things that the CW is undeniably good at. Telenovela adaptions (Jane the Virgin is really quite excellent) and superhero shows.

So, fast forward a couple of months and here we are. The first episode of iZombie aired last week, and it was pretty much everything we hoped for. Don’t get us wrong – this show isn’t going to be in the pantheon of the GOAT televisions shows alongside The Wire, Breaking Bad and the Sopranos. But iZombie is a show with heart, and it’s well written, quirky, and all around fun to watch. It reminds us a lot of Veronica Mars (which we absolutely love here), and also bears some similarities to another one of our favorites, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

As far as pilot episodes go, we couldn’t really ask for much more – the premise was teed up and dispensed with in the first 5 minutes or so, which is definitely something we appreciate (far too many pilot episodes spend an hour setting up the premise instead of diving straight into the interesting bits). The episode itself was a tad procedural-y for our tastes, but we figure that will change as we watch more episodes. The lead actress, Rose McIver, is both quippy and attractive, and that’s almost always going to be a winning combination. The supporting characters seem a little thin for the moment, but we’re guessing that will change as we watch more episodes.

Overall,  we liked the pilot of iZombie a lot – and we’re eagerly looking forward to the second episode. Hopefully, this show can fill the Buffy/VMars hole that’s in our hearts – god knows its been empty long enough.