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5 best moments from the 'iZombie' series premiere

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired Mar 17, 2015

Starting five months after the main character, Liv (Rose McIver), is transformed into a zombie, the show’s premiere dives right into solving crimes and introducing friendships (plus breakups). Liv’s sidekick and boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), knows she is a zombie, and his quick wit and quirky humor provides the perfect complement to her monotone personality.

Meanwhile, her best friend and roommate, Peyton (Aly Michalka), can’t seem to wrap her head around why her bestie threw away a top-notch medical residency and her hot fiancée for late nights on the couch and a job at the local morgue. With all the ingredients for another CW Network hit show, iZombie delivers with memorable moments from its pilot episode. Here are our favorite parts:

The action-packed flashbacks.

What’s great about iZombie is that it doesn’t dwell on the transition of Liv becoming a zombie. The writers could have stretched numerous episodes of Liv having to break up with her fiancée, quit her residency, etc. They cut to the good stuff and provided the background necessary to shape the story of Liv adjusting to her new life—like a party where teenagers eat each other’s brains and Liv’s awesome backflip off of a boat.

The brain effect.

This show ties in eating brains in the perfect murder-mystery way: It’s part of the main character’s core. Liv has found her humanity in fighting crime. When she eats a brain of the deceased, she takes on not just their memories, but their emotions. When assisting Detective Babineaux with the case of a murdered escort brought into the morgue, not only was Liv able to access the escort’s memories (after eating her brain, of course), but she felt the fear the escort had when nearing her death. This gave Liv human emotions, ones she did not have since becoming undead. This makes the show not just a mystery every week to solve, but a journey for the main character to find her true self again. Accompanied by quirky humor and storylines, this provides a fun twist the show needs in a flooded TV market of supernatural shows (not that we’re complaining!).

Learning that zombies have superpowers—and love hot sauce.

When Liv and Detective Babineaux find out that a dirty cop is the one who murdered the escort, they catch him holding two other escorts hostage and try to save them. Liv catches the bad cop trying to escape and gets shot in the chest, but since she can’t die, she just gets filled with rage and hulks out on the cop, causing him to crash his car and allowing Babineaux to arrest him. When filled with anger, Liv gets bloodthirsty eyes and is able to keep up with the speeding car and jump on its roof. She is also able to turn her zombie cravings off in an instant so Babineaux can’t find out what she was. This seems a little too easy to control, and we sense the brain-thirsty Liv won’t be able to control temptation in the future. Who’s ready for a season of badass zombie fight scenes?

Oh, yeah, zombies love hot sauce. Who knew?

Liv finding her ex-fiancée with another woman.

Thinking she’ll be undead for the rest of her life (or forever?), Liv learns that Chakrabarti is actively searching for a cure for her to become human again. What does this mean? She can stop hermitting and marathoning bad daytime workout shows.

Not only can she think about living a life of ambition again, but she clearly still loves her ex-fiancée, Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley). Full of hope and a mouth layered with hot pink lip gloss, Liv heads over to Major’s house in hopes of reconnecting. Thinking she’ll find love in a hopeless place, she walks up to his porch—only to see him sitting with another woman and playing a zombie-killing video game. We were hoping Liv would trade wine for hot sauce for her marination of choice with her late-night brain snack—and play Sam Smith’s album on repeat—but instead she sulked awake all night. You do you, girl.

Liv dressing up as a zombie for Halloween.

Liv appeases her demanding mother by participating in the community haunted house at the end of the episode, by dressing as a flesh-decaying zombie. The irony here was just hilarious—especially after seeing her ex-fiancée on a digital zombie-killing date. It was also the first time Liv was shown having a genuinely good time after being turned into a zombie, supporting the fact that the human emotions she feels from the brains she eats and crime-fighting for the greater good are inching her closer to the humanity she once had. Ah, we love the smell of inevitable character development.

The only thing missing from this episode was David Anders. He is the perfect villain—deliciously evil—and the flashback glimpse only made us more excited for next week’s episode.

Sound off with your thoughts on the premiere and check out this awesome promo GIF below. Until next time .. #FangsOut

xoxo,

Liz & Lindi (TeamTSD)

iZombie airs Tuesday nights at 9/8C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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