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With the popularity of zombie media booming, a CW show just released proves that zombies may be a lost art in the media world. It was only a matter of time until a network like the CW tried to cash in on the market with a zombie soap opera. Titled iZombie, the premise is an attractive female doctor goes to a party where a zombie outbreak happens due to a new designer drug. She, unlike the rest of the party, is resurrected as a member of the walking dead. Unlike many zombie productions, this zombie girl retains all of her motor skills, brain power, and ability to deny her most primal urges of eating brains. Being that she quits her job as a doctor to work in a morgue, she has all the brains she wants to eat. The first feeding the viewers are treated to has her mixing brains with top-ramen and hot sauce.
Since the current craze has the market flooded with George Romero wannabes, what sets this story apart from the others is our protagonist’s super powers. That is correct, super powers. When she eats brains, she gets visions of who the person was and what happened to them. If our main character eats the brains of a foreigner, she is able to speak the deceased’s language. Naturally, she becomes a secret weapon for the law, helping to solve crimes.
This latest insight into the horror genre truly shows the lack of creativity in network television as of late. There are many who still remember the “good ole’ days” of zombies, where the movies were rated NC-17, and the scariest video games around were those belonging to a genre called Survival Horror. Namely, the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises. It used to be that the creatures who survive on the flesh of the living were feared for many reasons, including but not limited to the possibility of becoming a mindless creature who feels no remorse for those they kill, even if that person happened to be their three-year-old daughter.
The lack to control one’s appetite by becoming an unstoppable killing machine strikes fear into the hearts of the average citizen. This is because of the loss of control over what makes a person human can be terrifying. Nobody wants to eat their dog’s brains, at least not most people, but maybe the idea of zombies and horrible cannibalism is merely a lost art.
It also seems that what scares most people nowadays is the quick and easy “BOO!” as someone jumps through a window to massacre a group of nuns. What many of the “scary” movies and games lack lately is the necessary buildup of tension. Without feeling terror in a scene or character, there is just not much of a point in having some creature burst through a window to eat some poor soul’s face off.
If the days are forever gone of truly scary entertainment, the world has come to a sad place. While many horrors occur in everyday life, horror movies and games used to be a refuge from reality. Though ISIS beheads people and puts it up on YouTube, games like Resident Evil and movies like Dawn of the Dead (the original or the modern remake) were made to give viewers an alternative to the horrors they have to deal with if only for a few hours. The trend towards the “that is really messed up because it really could happen” genre of horror, like Hostel and the SAW series, was probably the beginning of the end for true horror. Now the public is shown crap like iZombie.
This show is horror-comedy for pre-teens, and if readers have any sense of class it is a show to avoid. Let the networks know that a zombie-superhero-doctor-psychic show is going too far. For the love of all things scary, stop watching this CW garbage so that horror wise, the real slim shady can still stand up. The zombie genre is too scary to be made into a lost art.
Opinion by Benjamin Johnson
Viewing of iZombie
Feature photo by rodolpho reis – Flickr license
Photo by rodolpho reis – flickr license