iZombie just had its final finale with the end of its fifth season. During it’s run, it flew under the radar and was considered an underrated TV show. Considering the show’s roots in comics, I wanted to give it a proper send-off in a review/wrap-up.
iZombie did what I appreciate from all shows, and it stuck to its formula to the bitter end. The showed lived and died by its characters, especially Liv Moore (Rose McIver). In each episode, zombie coroner Liv would consume a different victim’s brain that would help her solve the case. Each episode was a new case and a different brain. Rose McIver got to play a unique personality every episode while maintaining her true character as well. Liv has friends, co-workers, and enemies; all are pertinent to the show’s longevity.
In its 71-episode run, it was mostly a top-notch show. It had so very high highs (Max Rager episodes), and not so low lows (the final season). It had a beloved fan-base throughout and will always champion this show. The show that managed to get Rob Thomas killed by zombies and lead to zombies performing Matchbox Twenty’s “Unwell” in the season two finale. iZombie was a series that didn’t mind being over-the-top at moments and then bringing you down to experience sadness.
For a show that put out four good seasons, it stumbled to the finish line last week as it rushed it’s ending; handing viewers a lackluster final scene as a send-off to all of its characters. I won’t spoil anything for you, but we are in an era of fantastic TV shows spread across so many channels and platforms. To see a show try and raise its stakes and then, in the end, it was all for nothing. I can say this without spoiling the ending: there was not ONE surprise in the final episode. The saying “ho-hum” comes to mind. It isn’t enough to ruin the show, but if you want to see the show at its peak and not have it sullied, then you can stop at the end of season 4, and you won’t miss much. Looking back through the final season there is nothing that pays off enough to be worth the watch. As a completionist, you will want to see it. As a fan, you will likely be unhappy.