The best part of this week’s episode of iZombie were Liv and Major’s personalities after eating the brain.
The brains came from their most recent victims, a father and teen daughter duo. Naturally, Major ate the 15-year-old girl brain and was *very* dramatic, like literally, so dramatic. Seeing his dynamic with Liv, who took on the stern but caring father persona (um Danny Tanner much?) gave a very serious and at times grim episode, a lighthearted feel. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to receive dating advice from Major on teen girl brain?
Much of the focus was on Wally and Anna, the family that we found dead last week. Clive tried to hide his personal connection to the family from Cavanaugh because he wanted to stay on the case but like any good detective, he quickly pieced it together and Clive had to come clean. Through flashbacks we saw Clive get close to the family next door after protecting them from their abuse father.
Their death’s came at – dare I say – the perfect time because Clive was just recently introduced to the world of the undead and still trying to stomach the idea of Liv making chili hot dogs out of victims brains. Having more than one friend that was a zombie is convincing him that maybe they weren’t all so bad, which is needed considering that there’s a war brewing between the humans and the zombies. Humans have been preparing for a zombie apocalypse since I can remember so it’s not a shocker that when someone found out the family next door was munching on brains, they took them out.
Who that person was is still a mystery. It can’t be Rick, Anna’s abusive ex, because he was sent back to jail almost immediately after being freed. They realize Wally and Anna’s neighbor is aware that zombies exist but he has an alibi for that night. He does however show them a message board of “conspiracy theorists” all of whom knew exactly where the brain-eaters were living. This narrows it down to a couple of hundred… although I’m still betting on Vivian doing the deed as to convince Clive that humans are a threat to zombies.
That is what Fillmore Graves has been training their zombies for – a day when humans figure out what they are and kill them because they don’t understand. We didn’t get much more insight into the company that purchased Max Ranger but like I said, Vivian was too eager to point fingers and humans and say “I told you so.” Is she counting on a war?
Now back to the case of the week involving Stanley and Cindy Chen. Through two separate visions by both Major and Liv, they’re able to locate Cindy’s friend Winslow, who Liv knows was sleeping with her step-father. As Major would say, GROSS!
Knowing that they can’t just make the case based on a “psychic vision” they try to find something that could incriminate Ken on Winslow’s phone. Finally, they’re able to pull up some text messages that reveal she came clean about the affair to her best friend, who told her father, who threatened to tell the police. When Winslow confesses that she never told Ken about Cindy’s threat, they realize the mother was behind the murder after spying on her daughter through a tracking app. She literally tried to frame her cheating ex so that they wouldn’t be exposed and disgraced in town.
While I love Blaine and Peyton screen time, it was kind of nice not to deal with the dramatics of the cure, his memory loss, her feelings for him and his *risen* father. I’m sure it’ll be front and center during next week’s episode though, since Ravi did mention he is working on a new version of the cure for Major, whose time as a zombie is limited thus his need to find Natalie.
iZombie – Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Brain (4×07)
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.
- 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)
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.
iZombie – Goon Struck (4×05)
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!
- “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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