Plot: The second season of iZombie picks up right where the first left off, with Liv (Rose McIver) dealing with the aftermath of turning into zombie, which included some issues for those close to her, as well. She continues to help solve crimes and the local police think she is a psychic, keeping her secret safe, but she has plenty of other problems to be concerned with. But when her incredible information leads to such effective results, she might have to come clean, at least with Detective Babineaux. Meanwhile, her former finace Major (Robert Buckley) uses his newly gained zombie awareness to hunt down the feral undead. There are still unresolved issues between Major and Liv of course, but with so much going on, resolution doesn’t look likely. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) is still cashing in on the zombie epidemic, so there’s a lot going on, not to mention new threads that develop. The characters have gone through some remarkable changes, but some things simply never change…

Entertainment Value: After a solid first season, iZombie returned with a strong second season to follow up. The show is wise to balance plot development between threads from the previous season, all new turn of events, and even some stark differences in some of the more familiar elements. So it retains the tone and sense of humor from before, but also feels re-energized and fresh. That can be important for a television series, as it is easy to fall into the familiar and become stale. Although the shifts between being human and zombie do complicate the narrative paths a little, it evens out because of the new potential plot lines and character interactions. The core show remains the same, with a focus on character driven case solving, with each episode telling a self contained tale, while also contributing to the larger overall arcs. Some of the more convoluted plot twists do make it a little tougher to just jump in on episodes, so best to stick with the order they were broadcast here.

The show is once again carried by Rose McIver, who shines in the lead role and is the driving force behind the series. Since she takes on the mannerisms of whatever the victim of the week is, this lets her really show off her talents. Not a simple task to be able to perform well in so many facets, but McIver seems to do so with ease and rarely misses beat. A number of cast members return as well, such as Robert Buckley and David Anders in prominent roles. As I said, the show retains the quirky sense of humor from the first season, with sharp dialogue in each episode. The horror remains rather minimal, but perhaps a little more relevant than the first time around. But don’t expect a horror driven series, in any event. So despite some fresh elements pumped in and character shifts, this is essentially more of the same iZombie, for better or worse. If you weren’t a fan of the first season, this one isn’t likely to win you over, but for fans of the show, it more than delivers.

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