Seattle medical graduate Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) is turned into a zombie in an apocalyptic boat party. After waking up with pale skin and white hair she realizes her new need of human brains. To cope with that new appetite, Liv manages to find a job at a morgue and shares her secret with her boss, Dr. Ravi (Rahul Kohli). In order to survive, Liv eats the brains of murder victims whose bodies are delivered to the morgue. She then experiences flashbacks of some of their last moments and helps the Seattle Police Department solve some crimes, while Dr. Ravi intrigued with Liv’s condition starts to work to develop a cure. Throughout the series Liv realizes that she is by far not the only zombie in Seattle trying to resume a former life.
This TV-series brings together all type of different genres on screen. Horror, drama, crime and even comedy! Whenever she eats a victim’s brain, Liv temporarily inherits some of their personality traits, which leads to a lot of funny situations like in case of kleptomania or maternal instinct. This also makes it possible for us to witness a different Liv in every episode we see. Rose McIver manages stunningly well to represent all those different character traits in each new episode.
During the first few episodes the series looks much like an a little bit peculiar, but yet quiet simple crime show with a new crime assigned to each episode. But the whole side story developing around the great antagonist Blaine (David Anders) and Liv’s ex-fiance Major (Robert Buckley) slowly gains significance and turns into the main plot concerning zombies living in Seattle and where they get their human brain lunch from.
The show is very well produced and the actors and their performances are a really great surprise. The series starts as a good entertaing crime show and then manages to develop to a great hooking drama with a plot that makes me want more of it. Still, some episodes seem too independent from each other since every episode is linked to a different crime and the show doesn’t always know when to be serious and when to be funny.