DVD Review: iZombie: The Complete Second Season

Source | The Complete Second Season of iZombie is now available on DVD – you can get your own copy here – and it all comes together in a 4-disc package with all 19 episodes and some extras. iZombie Season 2 is also apparently available on Blu-ray via the Warner Archive if that is something you’d prefer, but this review is covering the DVD version that we were provided with.

Here’s how Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes the set:

Power up with your favorite brain food, and prepare for more fun and thrills! iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. But Liv finds her calling — and an endless supply of food — working at the Seattle coroner’s office, helping to solve crimes with her “visions,” while her boss and sole confidante, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, works on a cure for her unthinkable condition. As season two begins, Liv’s ex-fiancé and love, Major, is reeling from recent events and the knowledge that Liv is a zombie. Meanwhile, Blaine — now human — struggles to maintain his zombie world; Clive searches for Blaine and suspects Major’s involvement in the Meat Cute massacre; and Ravi remains devoted to finding an antidote to the zombie virus. Unlikely alliances will be struck, relationships will be challenged and the line between good and evil will blur for both zombies and the fully living.

So, what did we think?

The Episodes: iZombie is one of those shows where I admit I don’t always get to watch every week — I’m often on a high after watching The Flash — but after I do, I usually love it. Rose McIver’s Liv is, of course, the main reason to watch, especially with the different reactions she has after ingesting brains. The rest of the supporting cast is flanked by some really good guest stars who weave in and out throughout the season. Some characters like Major go down dark paths, and other characters face new situations and unfamiliar territory.

Season 2 even gives us a look at zombies who aren’t as good looking as Liv Moore, and it’s all wrapped in a well-written, well-produced package. I like that the show mixes procedural elements with drama, danger, and comedy. It’s hard to balance, but they usually pull it off.

The Extras: And here is where this set, like the Season 1 iZombie DVD set, kind of fails. This show has producers and a cast who engage fans often, at conventions and on Twitter and other mediums. So why the heck are there no behind-the-scenes videos or commentaries? The 2015 Comic-Con panel extra is great, but I really wanted more.

Deleted scenes are also available for the episodes “Grumpy Old Liv,” “Love & Basketball,” “Abra Cadaver,” “Cape Town,” “Method Head,” “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter,” “The Whopper,” and “Dead Beat,” so there are at least some reasons to pick up the DVD set rather than just waiting for Netflix.

The Final Verdict: I’ve already said that I wish there were more extras, but I’m also very disappointed that Blu-ray wasn’t the regular release plan for this. At least there, we could get a visual experience unlike anything we’d get on Netflix or watching on broadcast. Now, to be fair, I could go out and order that Blu-ray, but it’d be nicer if that had been the default thing to be available. Definitely worth getting if you love iZombie, and the episodes are absolutely worth seeing, even if you don’t bite the brain and pick up a set for yourself.