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iZombie – Brainless in Seattle Part 2 (4×04)

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The hunt for Seattle’s new serial killer is on.

After some intense stakeouts, Liv and Clive decide that the best way to lure their killer out is by setting up a trap.

Ravi is way ahead of them as he’s pimped himself out on some Craigslist-esque site as a rich doctor looking to leave Seattle and return home to England.

Honestly, Ravi doing an accent on top of his accent couldn’t have been more enjoyable.

Catching the rogue coyote Bruce — a storyline which I thought would span several episodes — was seemingly too easy.

Clive leapt from the staircase just as Bruce introduced himself to Ravi and Liv realized the burn mark on his hand connected him to the incinerator which he used to burn his victims. Whoop de doo.

On the topic of coyotes, Blaine ate the brain of a loose-lipped man who had dealings with Renegade. Aside from his desire to reach his goal, Blaine telling the truth and giving everyone a little too much information was hilarious. He was so unapologetic about underpaying his staff.

Through a series of visions, he was able to pinpoint her location. Once he did, he and his men busted into the laundromat, threw her in a bag and delivered her to Chase Graves. Girl, you know you’re in trouble. What will Graves do to her? Will he make an example out of her and use the guillotine? She’s the one that’s been scratching humans and turning them into zombies thus contributing to his brain shortage because there are more mouths to feed.

Surprisingly, we found out that we’ve seen Renegade before. She worked for Fillmore Graves and when she saw what they were doing, she wanted to tell someone. They murdered her husband Max, which is when she began doing this to feel needed.

Graves is also rallying up Major’s team to hit the streets and find that video of an FG agent scratching an unarmed human civilian. Until Major said “that’s American’s worst nightmare,” I just figured it would blow over. But he’s right — this is what the humans are scared of. If zombie agents cannot be trusted protecting the public, all hell will break loose.

So Major and his team hit up a few spots frequented by the humans and find the crew that had the video. The dudes are tools and insist that they gave the phone to their friend, you know, the one that was scratched and turned. Major tried to keep the dealings friendly and profesh but I’m here for a menacing Major too!

Tucker took the phone and the gun from his friends because they “needed him to do the right thing.” Seriously, how messed up is it that your own friends now think you should kill yourself because you got a disease? He finds himself unable to blow his own brains out, thank god, and in his lowest point, stumbles upon Angus’ church. Or should I say Brother Love’s church?

Angus is creating a team of angry monsters and it is scary. His belief is that humans aren’t friends they’re food, which is definitely the start of some kind of revolution. He’s also telling his followers that FG prioritizes humans over them while gorging on food and leaving the “lesser” zombies to starve. It’s a terrifying depiction of how easily people can be swayed and turn simply by hearing what they want to hear.

When Major and his team finally locate Tucker, they enter the church and quickly realize their mistake. The zombies close in on them because they’ve just been told that these agents are basically here to destroy their lives. Angus appears from above and recognizes Major. He’s disappointed at the wrong-turn Major’s life took as he was once better known for helping people.

But now, this opens up the storyline even more. Up until this point, no one has known about the church’s doing and how dangerous they may be to both FG and the humans. They have to neutralize them and fast. Chase Graves has to know about this but so does Blaine, considering that’s his father. He doesn’t even know homie got out of the well!

And speaking of zombies being influenced by the church, there’s Tim, the love of Liv’s life on hopeless romantic brain. She puts up a “missed connections” ad in hopes of finding him at the next human-zombie night at The Scratching Post. Much to her surprise, Tim does show up and they begin making up sloppily…. not romantically as the “She’s All That” mimicked scene would have us believe.

After confronting Major who is on wrestler-brain about her new love — okay, that was hands down the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life — she realized she didn’t know much about Tim. Instead of making out, she decided to “get to know him” and realized, Tim is a follower of the church who really thinks humans are inferior and thus, should be eaten. Can you say a mismatch of morals?

Liv was so disgusted as the bulk of her friends are humans who are way more evolved than he’ll ever be.

It was a nice ending to an episode; no cliffhangers, just Liv, Ravi, Major and Peyton having a dance off and enjoying each others company. As Liv said, if these were her soulmates, which I think they are, she’s the luckiest girl in the world.

Before we end though, we have to touch upon Clive’s open relationship with Bozzio. When Liv finally told him about seeing her with another guy, he looked defeated but not surprised. This man loves her so much, he’s willing to share her to keep their relationship afloat. There’s nothing wrong with open relationships, however, if only one person is benefitting, then it isn’t really fair. And it seems like Clive is the “one woman” type of dude. If he does finally take advantage of that open relationship, he’ll likely fall for the woman he’s seeing aka the officer Liv is so desperately trying to set him up with!

Do you think Clive and Bozzio are over? Will Liv and Major get back together? Will Peyton and Ravi? How will Blaine react to finding out his father is the leader of some underground cult disguised as a church?

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  1. truth

    March 19, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Renegade never worked for Filmore Graves ! And they never turned her as a zombie..Blaine did and killed her husband !

    • Lizzy Buczak

      March 26, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Ah you are so right! Good catch!

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iZombie – Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Brain (4×07)

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iZombie Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain

That iZombie title is pretty self-explanatory, right?

Truthfully, I didn’t hate this brain one bit. I actually really, really enjoyed. This may have been my favorite Liv of all time.

All the sexual jokes — coming onto Clive, hunting for the D — it was all so enjoyable. And really weird seeing a girl act like a typical douche guy. Not so fun when the tables are turned is it?

The case-of-the-week involves a love coach/wingman for hire who basically pimps out his clients. Well, he’s found dead right after picking up some really hot girl at the club. Initially, I thought that the killer would be his less confident client whose girl he just stole but the series never acknowledged that at all.

Instead, the case got a lot more involved with Fillmore Graves and the whole “too many zombies, not enough brains” epidemic plaguing New Seattle and leading Chase Graves to become a complete autocrat.

Matt, the slimy love guru, was poisoned by his own condoms which were given to him by Huma aka Zoe, a girl who dressed as a giant condom outside the club to make sure he took the pack. Why? Because Matt set her up with Marsh, an FG agent, who didn’t disclose he was a zombie and thus transferred the disease to her sexually.

Since Graves is on the kick of punishing anyone who does break the law and make more zombies, he put Marsh in a freezer. However, Zoe/Huma needed more so she went after Matt as well. When confronted with the truth, she admits that they took away her only chance at having children and she wasn’t sorry for what she did; she was protecting other women.

I can respect that. Consent and transparency are crucial in any sexual interaction.

Related: iZombie – My Really Fair Lady (4×06)

We saw what Graves did to Mama Leone and we saw what he did to one of his own guys who broke the law so Liv taking over as the new Renegade is very risky. Especially because she’s so closely involved with Graves — they slept together once!

Graves really is not playing around. When the local newspaper, 206 Weekly, wrote a piece glorifying Mama Leone he pulled a Trump card, called it “fake news,” and sent in Major and Roche to shut it down. He’s controlling everything including the press.

You can’t have people wandering around thinking what Mama did was honorable because then his problem with the brain shortage will only get worse. And remember what they said, if he can’t feed his own people, they’ll come for him.

However, none of this is stopping Liv. While working her case on douche brain, she still managed to sneak out a zombie I.D card maker so that she can get all her freshly-turned zombie’s new brains. I mean, she can’t really rely on Brother Love over there now that she knows he’s Blaine’s father. I’m actually surprised she never met Angus considering how prominent he was before Blaine threw him down the well.

Unfortunately, Peyton caught her printing these I.D’s so she’ll likely become an obstacle once she realizes her sister has a death wish.

The whole humans and zombies cannot have sex predicament could have unfolded really interesting with Clive and Dale. Unfortunately, they barely have an ounce of chemistry.

Since she recommended they pursue an open relationship, it seemed like she was sleeping with other people. Finally, Clive gave in and pursued someone else, even though he actually paid for sex. Clive… who knew? And now Dale is jealous and saying that she never slept with anyone else because she loves him too much. Is she trying to make him the bad guy so she has an excuse to break up with him and doesn’t feel as guilty about it? It’s unfair to ask Clive to stay abstinent! And Dale is such a bore, I could trade her in for someone more lively… no pun intended.

Other Thoughts

  • Was Don E hallucinating? If you behead anyone, even a zombie, that’s the ultimate kill isn’t it? That’s why if you want to kill a zombie, you aim for their brains. I may be completely wrong on this, so if you have an answer, let me know!
  • Major got quite the promotion but is being so close to Graves actually dangerous? When push comes to shove, who will he side with, Liv or Graves?
  • He’s cozied up to Roche to make sure he isn’t the one skimming brains and selling them on the black market which likely explains his “Chaos Killer” instincts during the newspaper takedown and again, why he lied straight to Peyton’s face.
  • For now, General Mills isn’t interested in nuking Seattle. When will his smuggled and turned daughter resurface?
  • Okay, so Liv made out with Levon. She was close to hooking up with him but he didn’t want it to happen on douche brain. It was romantic, I’ll give them that. Will this relationship flourish?
  • I really enjoyed watching Clive and Ravi on a bro-night. Also, Clive on Tinder? Epic. His profile picture? Hilarious!

Thoughts on this week’s iZombie? Will Dale and Clive break up? Will we see more of Peyton and Ravi together? Will Liv live to see another day?

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iZombie – My Really Fair Lady (4×06)

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Rachel Bloom on iZombie was vastly underused. If you’re going to use characters on multiple shows, at least give them a good part!

Yes, the opening of “Rent” the zombie-version was enjoyable, but I wish we’d actually seen her interact with Liv a bit.

Anyways, Liv has secured the title as the new Renegade which means there’s an expiration date on her life.

We all saw what happened to Mama Leone when she was caught. Chase Graves executed her brutally to set an example and discourage others from following in her footsteps.

But now, more than ever, Liv sees the importance of the work she was doing. She gets to decide who lives and who dies; she gets to save all these people. She’s found her purpose.

How long do you think it’ll be before Fillmore Graves get wind of Liv’s new mission? She does live with Major after all so if she’s hoping to pull this off, she has to be really stealth. She can’t let anyone know. And if he does find out, would he enable her and risk his own life?

Not that Mama Leone wasn’t important but Liv definitely has more pull in this town and has many folks in her corner who wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Guys will do anything for the girl they love even if it means eating a heroine addicts brain. Since it was Ravi’s “time of the month,” he decided to help Peyton score win by putting himself physical and mental torture in hopes of getting a vision and finding some kids dog.

I commend him for doing that, even if it wasn’t completely selfless. I also enjoyed Ravi begging Blaine for heroin and roughing up Don E. Also, how awkward must it have been for Peyton to save Ravi from her ex-boyfriend’s grasp.

Hopefully, Peyton and Ravi can find a way to work it out in the long run because I really do like them as a couple.

Blaine went through a major shock when he arrived at Ramero’s to find that Papa had escaped the well and was the man behind the church of crazies frequenting his restaurant. And he was obviously outnumbered by his worshippers so he had no choice but to oblige to the demands — lunch every Monday, on him.

Blaine will undoubtedly look for ways to kill his father again but this time, he has a major obstacle standing in the way. Angus aligning himself with a whole group of people who will die for him was the smartest thing he could have done.

Clive really gave this open relationship idea a shot but most people just aren’t into the idea of sharing their significant other with multiple people. Or being second best next to that person’s actual girlfriend which was the case for Michelle. After she realized that Clive and Dale were a thing, Michelle told him that she wasn’t interested in getting caught up in this whole star-crossed lovers dynamic.

Clive was understanding, but Dale was also eavesdropping and it’s only a matter of time before she sets Clive free. It really isn’t fair to him to be with someone he can’t be intimate with. He deserves better and unfortunately, this is the situation they’re in. Unless someone decides to break the cardinal rule in New Seattle and scratch him.

Liv on actor brain was a joy since Rose McIver nails every single “personality” she’s given, but nothing was better than her at the sexual harassment training getting into a scene with Johnny Frost.

Anyone else think Liv is going to hook up with Levon? They definitely have some chemistry and he seems really impressed with Liv’s dedication to the cause.

To end on a really random thought — what happened to Liv’s family aside from Peyton? Where are her mom and brother? Did they escape Seattle before the zombie apocalypse? Are they zombies? Do they now realize that Liv was a zombie this whole time? Why don’t we see more of them? It’s a bit bizarre.

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iZombie – Goon Struck (4×05)

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Chase Graves may be the most hated person in New Seattle right now. And he definitely deserves it.

Graves has found himself at an impossible crossroads and he’s learning what most leaders have already figured out — there’s no winning.

In addition to the brain shortage and looming threat of mass starvation, both which will be his fault, he has to properly Renegade, who has been breaking the cardinal rule set by Fillmore Graves and turning humans into zombies and thus, contributing to his problem.

When Blaine delivers Renegade, Graves is stunned to see it’s an “elderly woman” and locks her up in zombie jail. However, there’s chatter of her capture and eventually, he realizes that she must be used to make an example so that others will know his decree stands. If you break the law and scratch someone, you’ll suffer the same fate as Renegade. It’s the only way to ensure cooperation from everyone.

And cooperation is key when there’s talk of generals wanting to nuke everyone in Seattle for the abomination they’ve become.

Cue the guillotine. Beheading scenes are always hard to watch, but they’re especially hard when even the executioner doesn’t want to go through with it because deep down he knows what Mama Leone was doing was brave and good and noble.

Liv comes to the public execution and bravely holds Renegade’s gaze to be with her in those final moments. Then, she promises to continue what she started and her legacy.

FG taking such a public anti-scratching stance will likely cause an uproar when the video of one of his own soldiers scratching a zombie, now a member of Angus’ church, leaks.

And to continue the trend, Major is forced to scratch an innocent girl who overdoses as her and Donny are attempting to smuggle her out of Seattle.

Not scratching is going to become a major issue going forward.

Really, Major is to blame for this one; why would you ever trust Donny with anything? He couldn’t even go into the store without going full-zombie mode on the cashier and it was blatantly obvious he’d fall asleep while watching their “victim.”

Major and Donny may have failed their mission but it actually worked out in Graves’ favor. The girl they kidnapped and turned into a zombie is the daughter of General Mills. If his daughter is a monster and living in Seattle, he likely won’t nuke them. And that gives them some kind of leverage to work with.

On a lighter note, Liv on hockey player brain was a delight to us all, including Ravi and Clive.

The case of the week revolved around several dead bodies, three zombies and 1 human.

FG took charge of the autopsies as it was their jurisdiction but there was more to it — they were hiding something, which Liv and Clive later figured out was that Blaine was responsible for the slayings.

Sadly, visions are inadmissible as evidence, but at least now they know that he’s in cahoots with FG and working to keep them happy.

I can understand why it’s scary being a human in this new city and why protections need to be put in place to keep the zombies at bay.

Fed zombies may be happy your friends but what about starving ones?The ones who simply aren’t quenching the hunger on those measly, rationed brain tubes?

That’s the situation Peyton found herself in when a case of a zombie bus driver was brought to her attention.

She wouldn’t fire the zombie because an FG mandate didn’t allow it. And rightfully so. Protections are put in place so people don’t lose their jobs cause of discrimination.

However, passengers were concerned with his thin and frail state, which he admitted was because he’d been giving his portions to his starving children.

Imagine how distressed she was to find out that the same bus driver passed out behind the wheel, smelled brains and went full zombie-mode before a passenger shot him dead.

Considering many people are underfed, this isn’t a one-off problem. It all goes back to FG, Chase Graves and the food shortage!

It will also likely put a strain on human and zombie relations and that means, no more human-zombie nights at The Scratching Post!

 

Other Thoughts

  • “We used to be the ogz’s” – Blaine to Liv as he’s trying to get out of the interrogation room. Ah, the good ole’ days when there were only a handful of zombies in Seattle.
  • Donny being a complete opportunist and serving snacks during the execution as if it were a frickin’ baseball game was true to character.
  • “Which one’s yours,” a parent asks Clive who proudly points to a feisty little blonde on the ice and explains, “the little blonde one.”
  • Liv taking out the FG soldier at the police station was badass. She wore her missing tooth like a badge of honor!

Do you think Graves did the right thing by executing Renegade? How will Liv continue her life’s work while also keeping her full-time job?

Are you surprised that Major and Blaine’s crew are working together? Did Major standing by during the execution only strain his relationship with Liv more?

iZombie keeps reinventing itself with every new storyline so much so that it almost feels like a brand new show; iZombie 2.0!

How would you solve this brain crisis? And will the public fall in line or rebel following Renegade’s execution?

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