iZombie Aims to Be Buffy for a New Generation

iZombie Aims to Be Buffy for a New Generation

Can a zombie comedy be a fall season hit? We'll be tuning in to CW to find out.

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Buffy was not a comedy any more than X-Files or Stargate was. Hell, Buffy tended more towards crushingly depressing than comedic.

And I just got started watching Sankarea: Undying Love, too.

I'm thoroughly fed up with zombies as a concept, but this at least seems like it's trying something new with the formula.

PrinceOfShapeir:
Buffy was not a comedy any more than X-Files or Stargate was. Hell, Buffy tended more towards crushingly depressing than comedic.

I would give it the bi-polar title of 'dramedy,', myself. It had highs and lows, many times in the same episode.

PrinceOfShapeir:
Buffy was not a comedy any more than X-Files or Stargate was. Hell, Buffy tended more towards crushingly depressing than comedic.

Most of the dramatic bits are only like that because you probably watched the show as a kid, before you were familiar with genre conventions, and took it at face value. The vast majority of the drama stuff was straight-up parody of either horror or teen shows in the '90s, or intended to be funny by virtue of the cross-over between the two.

FalloutJack:

PrinceOfShapeir:
Buffy was not a comedy any more than X-Files or Stargate was. Hell, Buffy tended more towards crushingly depressing than comedic.

I would give it the bi-polar title of 'dramedy,', myself. It had highs and lows, many times in the same episode.

Agreed. Also. The Buffy for a new generation? Thats a tall order. Buffy is a fantastic show. It had a great cast and more specifically brilliant writing. My guess is that what REALLY will separate buffy from iZombie. The premise however, seems cool. With plenty of room for supernatural sidetracking if thats what they want to do (and why wouldnt they).

Does it have a Giles?

If no, it can't be a Buffy for a new generation sorry.

There's a lot in this premise to swallow, so it's good to hear they may be going the humor route rather than straight up drama. The new formula is also pretty intriguing, but what kinds of characters can look interesting around a zombie lead?

Jim_Callahan:

PrinceOfShapeir:
Buffy was not a comedy any more than X-Files or Stargate was. Hell, Buffy tended more towards crushingly depressing than comedic.

Most of the dramatic bits are only like that because you probably watched the show as a kid, before you were familiar with genre conventions, and took it at face value. The vast majority of the drama stuff was straight-up parody of either horror or teen shows in the '90s, or intended to be funny by virtue of the cross-over between the two.

I know nothing makes me laugh like a man going to a romantic evening and finding his lover brutally murdered in their bed.

Procedural/Serial Crime Dramas being played up as comedies TOTALLY fucking works. ANYONE who watches BONES knows that show has a healthy balance of seriousness and light hearted jokes and a little slapstick humor here and there.

Dramedy's 'do' work if they're handled by a good writer that knows how to balance the two.

 

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