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iZombie – Chivalry is Dead (4×08)

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Did anyone else have a hard time understanding Liv on this week’s iZombie?

It’s great that she didn’t break character after eating an extravagant feast of Garrett, a medieval history professor who was also into LARPing – short for D&D Live Action Role Playing, brains, but man, it took me double the time to process what she was actually getting trying to convey.

There’s absolutely no reason she should have been speaking that way the whole time, though.

Mad props to Rose McIver for pulling that off and every other role thrust her way throughout the seasons, regardless.

The case of the week felt like a secondary storyline since the more plot-heavy moments took precedence.

Liv’s attempt at turning Isobel, a sick girl who was smuggled into Seattle, into a zombie fell flat. 

The look of pure horror and confusion on Liv’s face accurately mimicked mine. How is it possible that Isobel is immune to the zombie virus?

Someone needs to rush her over to the morgue immediately so that Ravi can get to the bottom of this.

This potentially huge development in the story may have major repercussions as it not only affects Liv’s smuggling operation but all the new and existing zombies in New Seattle. It means that there’s a chance Ravi will be able to develop a working cure/vaccine which would save Chase Graves a lot of headaches once that brian shortage comes to fruition. 

Given how vital a cure is too many in the city, a storyline where they jack up the prices so that only the rich can afford them would be a no-brainer as well. No pun intended.

And that would allow Liv’s operation to thrive as she could continue sneaking in those who need to be saved while also giving those in need the cure possibly with Ravi’s help. Same premise as the human smuggling storyline, different model.

Joining in on the rogue smuggling missions is Peyton, who I was convinced would rage out after seeing her sister creating fake zombie I.D’s in her bedroom. But Peyton discerned that if presented with the opportunity, she would also choose to help people, which is why she wanted in. Of course, since she’s a human she cannot technically scratch anyone so Liv jokingly asked her for a large sum of money to fund their operation.

And Peyton came through! She visited Casper, a notorious criminal in jail. In exchange for the “pot of gold” that she knew existed, she arranged a transfer to the State Prison. There was a much bigger angle to this storyline that we didn’t see coming until it jumped out of an ice crate –  Stacey Boss is back and that was actually his money. And you bet he wants it back! 

Things must be really grave outside of Seattle if he’s willing to smuggle himself back into a zombie-infested military state just to get some cash.

Boss approached Blaine for help rounding up an army of zombies to attack the prisoners while they are being transported to the other facility so he can corner Casper and get the locations of his cash.

Blaine argued that he didn’t have that kind of pull in New Seattle but, he knows someone who does! You have to give it to him for always finding the business opportunity in everything. The duo humbly approached Brother Love with a proposition — he orders his men to do this and in exchange, they get brains of bad men who had it coming. Win, win.

The plan goes off without a hitch and everyone is equally as impressed with the control Brother Love has over his disciples. When he says swallow, they swallow. When he says attack, you’re screwed. I frankly watched in awe as none of them even seem phased by what they were doing. 

Let’s give it a minute before Blaine finds another way to manipulate this godly army into doing more of his dirty bidding. At the least, it will finally provide him with the relationship he’s always wanted with his father.

Do you guys really think Angus believes that the grace of God saved him from that well? And does he not realize that “raining brains” was actually his son still holding onto the hope for some kind of bond?

Intersecting Boss’ storyline with Peyton’s yet again is stirring..  They definitely have some unpleasant history and he won’t be too happy to find out she’s the one who stole from him. And it’s only a matter of time before they connect the dots since Blaine already ate Casper’s blood and will likely see her in a vision. And she’ll eventually lead them straight to Renegade’s mission.

Will Blaine out the ex-gf he obviously still has feelings for? We haven’t really had a straightforward villain this season — Graves doesn’t count because he’s a morally decent person who is being forced to do bad things — but Boss’ return and subsequent team up with Blaine and Angus has the potential to do some damage. 

Liv and Clive’s case-of-the-week was pure entertainment as it followed the crime of passion trope when King Arthur, a zombie, caught his wife, Gweneviere, a human, cheating on him with Sir Lancelot, also a human, and killed him.

And at the same time, mirrored Clive’s situation with Dale a bit too much. While grim, the realization that he’s not the only one in New Seattle grappling with a forbidden love story between a zombie and a human was sort of comforting and eye-opening.

No matter how hard they try, this open relationship solution isn’t going to work because the jealousy is too real and as we see,  people do foolish things when they get green with envy.

Just looked how angry and uncomfortable he was when realized that Dale was getting intimate with other men. Now, imagine if he’d actually walked in on them or was a witness. He would be beyond himself.

At this point, dragging their relationship out any longer doesn’t make sense. When it was first introduced, it had the potential to really showcase how zombie and human relations were strained by the virus, but all the writers are doing now is hammering home the same point — neither of them are happy and it isn’t really working. While sex isn’t the most important aspect in a relationship, being intimate is crucial. Without it, they’re both going to develop feelings for other people or resent each other.

They’ve hit a wall and the sooner they get this over with, the faster they can find someone that they are more compatible with.

I’m hoping for that police officer lady friend who was interested in Clive until she noticed the dysfunction.

Russe is totally onto Major, right? He has to be. And Major is getting himself in too deep and doing things that go against his morals just to help out Chase Graves. When is enough going to be enough?

Even when he’s putting himself into shoddy predicaments, I can’t seem to care much about it.

Ravi didn’t have much to do this week but he still somehow emerged as my favorite character. There’s just something about the pure joy that overcomes him when Liv gets fully enveloped by her Brain of the Week.

And the look on his face when no one knew what LARPing was and also when they’d never heard of a Tardis. He brings so much energy and flavor to the show, keep this up!

Will Chase Graves be as hard on Liv and Peyton when he finds out what they’ve been up to? And should they continue saving people from outside Seattle if they know there’s an impending brain shortage?

Will Peyton and Ravi break up once he finds out what she’s been doing?

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iZombie – Killer Queen (5×11)

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It’s all falling into place.

With just two episodes left until the series finale, iZombie has begun finalizing storylines and pulling the trigger on plans that have been in the making for much of the fifth season.

Beanpole Bob met his demise shortly after Liv found out all about his plan to spread zombie-ism beyond the walls of Seattle.

While his death at the hands of Enzo, of all people, was shocking, it also felt like it cut the storyline short.

Beanpole Bob was shaping up the be the season’s biggest antagonist, and I imagined that it would come down to a face-off between Liv and her father causing her plenty of inner turmoil as she wrestles her feelings for the good of zombie kind.

Instead, the French dude offed him. How anti-climactic.

Maybe we should have seen this coming all along.

Enzo betrayed so many people that it was only a matter of time until he became the ultimate villain when no one else was achieving the results he’d been wanting.

Beanpole Bob had a lot of stuff going on internally. He wanted to create a New World Order by spreading the zombie virus to all of those who deemed them as monsters.

But there was a part of him that realized what he was doing was wrong and that there was another way.

That’s why Liv was able to reason with him and convince him that by going through with his plan, he was only confirming what the rest of the world thought — they were monsters.

It’s really a shame that Beanpole Bob died prematurely. There could have been some good stuff to unpack here, especially if he had a change of heart and made amends by helping Liv and friends.

I guess with two episodes out, you need someone who is willing to go above and beyond to complete a mission and that’s soulless Enzo.

He has no qualms about putting the plan in motion, and if I’m being frank, it’s a pretty brilliant plan.

The girls taking over a brothel and effectively scratching folks coming in for a technology convention ensures that they’ll get a good range of people from all over the US if not even the world.

Now that Liv knows the full plan, she has a chance to contain it.

Sure, the idea of zombies inhabiting the world is interesting, but where will they get enough brains to feed this growing population?

With Ravi so close to the cure, hopefully, it isn’t in any of their best interest to have this spread out worldwide.

Blaine is hanging on by a thread as his assets have been frozen and his Freylich brain business was infiltrated by Ravi and Major.

If only they knew that the man behind all of this has been in front of them this whole time.

Without a steady income coming in and after finding out Don E was still singlehandedly supplying brains to Fillmore Graves, Blaine was in full rage mode.

It couldn’t be a coincidence that Darcy, Don E’s dream bride, died shortly before the wedding in her full wedding dress, right?

Blaine had to have something to do with this.

Killing Darcy was payback at Don E on the happiest day of his life and it also secured him his payment because he’d be able to deliver her brain to his client.

Now, how much do you want to bet that the client is going to be Major?

Ravi and Major were able to tag-team a recon and save the Freylich children, but there’s still someone out there that’s kidnapping sick children to turn a profit.

I doubt Major would let this go before figuring out who was behind such a disgusting operation.

It’s a shame these cases of the week are getting overshadowed by story arcs that have been building for quite some time.

I know, how is it possible that the murder of a drag queen and Liv on drag queen brain could get overshadowed?

The case in itself was mysterious and compelling and brought forth exciting elements.

Initially, it seemed like the new age drag queen was responsible for the murder because he wanted to purchase the business from Mike, who refused to sell.

Seeing Liv prancing around in a full face of makeup, a bright outfit, and gushing over Cher’s with Gary was hilarious.

And it was all in the Cher costume.

Bitchcraft, the modern queen, wasn’t at the club the night of the murder, but Gary, a scorned queen who was furious that Mike was planning on selling the club to an investor wanting to turn it into a parking lot, definitely was.

As I said, it was in the 70s Cher costume that would have only fit Gary.

It’s pretty heartbreaking that Gary would kill his friend of 20-years over a club, but it just goes to show how much people value a place where they can express themselves.

Other Thoughts

  • Graham’s boyfriend Stephen was murdered. Even though we didn’t know either character that well, it still hurt because Graham did everything Bob asked of him and they still killed his boyfriend.
  • Where is Peyton? I missed her. And who is the acting Mayor now?
  • What will the scratched Senators do?
  • Where is Dale? Has she had her baby yet?

How do you think iZombie is going to conclude?

Will Ravi successfully figure out the cure in time? Will Major and Liv get back together?

Will everyone become human again?

Will Blaine pay for all the damage and hurt he’s caused?

Will Don E find happiness? I know he’s been involved in so many shady dealings, but I have a soft spot for him.

Let me know your thoughts!

These next two weeks are going to be bittersweet, but we can get through them together!

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iZombie – Filleted to Rest (5×07)

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Not even perfectionist chef brain could steer the attention away from all the wild and jaw-dropping twists.

Liv’s ruthless performance was incredible, but it was no match for the revelations that are setting the tone for the final few episodes.

We’re barrelling towards the end and wrapping up storylines, but we’re also not afraid to make some stops along the way.

In just one hour Liv’s mother returned, we met her father, and Major found out that Justin was the mole and proceeded to kill him.

Amongst all of those revelations, the case-of-the-week was the least intriguing piece.

I did appreciate that Liv solved the murder by realizing the murderer was a zombie who was on statisticians brain. And she didn’t even need her visions to give her a clue.

Jerry’s motive for killing Eleanor stemmed from the fear that she would out him to his family.

Homophobia exists for both humans and zombies.

The theme of ‘family’ carried over to Liv’s tension-filled reunion with her mother.

We’ve been wondering whatever happened to Liv’s mother as we last saw her on the show’s first season.

Turns out, they’ve been estranged ever since Liv turned her back on Evan when he was dying.

Eva was never able to forgive her daughter for refusing to give him blood.

It’s nice to see Liv and her mother finally talk about the big Z in the room — the fact that she’s a zombie.

But Liv’s explanation that she did what she did because he was hiding the fact that she was a zombie, an unpopular thing to be back then, didn’t convince Eva.

Did she at no point stop to think how hard it must have been for her daughter to be alone in her undeadness?

You would think that since Seattle is overrun by zombies she’d be a little bit more understand or compassionate.

The one good thing that came from their meeting is that Liv got some answers about her biological father.

Now, initially, it seemed like iZombie didn’t have much of a plan for bringing up Liv’s father, and the name Martin Roberts didn’t mean much until the very final scene.

Liv knocks on her father’s door and we learn that Mr. Roberts is the mysterious man responsible for the brutal slaying of the FG soldiers and whose team infiltrated Renegade’s operation.

I’ve never been more intrigued by a storyline on iZombie in my life.

Does Roberts know that Liv is his daughter? Did he know she’s Renegade? Did he purposefully set her up?

Is she the key to stopping whatever villainous plan he’s concocted?

He did say “nothing will stop us now” just before she showed up at his door meaning that Liv has the power to stop him from evoking mass destruction.

Roberts is also far from a druggy homeless person that Eva made him out to be.

Then again, he’s not a good guy either.

Roberts and his men killed half of Major’s men in a surprise ambush which led to Major’s right-hand man, Justin, being revealed as the mole.

Justin’s betrayal was surprising, but nothing was more surprising than Major shooting his former friend right in the head to save his team.

Remind me again what everyone was saying about Major being weak? He just pulled a “Chase Graves” without hesitation.

Major’s level-headed, but you do not want to see what happens when you push his buttons.

Justin’s betrayal hurt on many levels mainly because he always believed in Justin. When he was receiving backlash from the other soldiers who thought he wasn’t doing enough to curb the humans or aid zombies, Major believed Justin was in his corner.

Now, he found out that even the person he trusted most didn’t believe in his leadership abilities.

While there were many strengths within the hour, Ravi’s storyline stuck out to me because it was kind of pointless.

His fears about the Freylich Brains being hunted down were accurate as we saw Blaine dealing the brains of real live patients on the episode prior.

But instead of trying to help these children who now had a hit list on them, he put forth all his energy into helping Dr. Charles Collier reunite with her twin sister, Lyla.

There’s a possibility Lyla and Charles may be some kind of cure for the zombie infection, but if that’s the case, there weren’t any clues.

Maybe it has to do something with their mother with Alzheimer’s?

Either way, the storyline unraveled at a slow pace and only fit the overall vibe of the episode because of the family connection.

Clive was touted as the family man every woman would want as their baby daddy.

The storyline was also slightly random, but Clive deserves the recognition.

While we learned that he’s not the father of Michelle’s baby, he’s still going to be present in this child’s life somehow.

Just look at how he rushed to Michelle’s side after finding out about her injury.

It did feel slightly wrong that she put him down as the baby’s father despite knowing it was 30 times more likely that it was her ex, Shane.

If Clive isn’t the dad, why do they keep bringing her around?

Peyton, Blaine, Donny E,  and Mr. Boss were all noticeably absent from the episode.

Considering how Blaine’s takedown and the fact that Donny and Mr. Boss now work for Major, I was surprised there wasn’t a mention of any of them.

The last twist came at the end of the episode when Mills’ daughter was kidnapped.

Major needed her to schmooze up to her father and convince him to refrain from nuking the city.

If she’s missing in action and possibly in danger because of a zombie, it doesn’t bode well for anyone looking to survive.

What did you think of tonight’s iZombie?

Will they nuke New Seattle?

Will Liv change Roberts for the better?

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iZombie – Death Moves Pretty Fast (5×05)

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After a somewhat rocky start to season 5, iZombie stabilized and found its focus on “Death Moves Pretty Fast.”

While the case-of-the-week was refreshing, enjoyable and highlighted Liv and Ravi’s excellent teamwork, it also started to dive into the meatier storylines, the ones that will inevitably wrap up the series as a whole.

The beginning of the end starts with Blaine’s downfall.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Blaine’s fall came on almost as quickly as his rise to riches and fame.

And it was at the hands of Al, the reporter who has been using her charm to snoop around Blaine’s mansion.

Everyone has to have a weak spot and for Blaine, it’s pretty ladies.

Al’s motives may have been murky at first, and until the end, Blaine remained fooled by her good looks, but Al is a journalist who will do anything to land the story.

She was intrigued by Blaine from the get-go since he’s touted as the “savior” of New Seattle, but her interest piqued when she saw the mask. Exposing the man who killed the Mayor would be a huge break for her.

And honestly, piecing together the puzzle wasn’t too difficult. Al didn’t have to dig deep to uncover the truth.

Blaine’s rather an open book — he doesn’t hide who he is or what he’s willing to do.

He openly talked to Liv and Ravi about being untouchable and keen to murder.

Nailing Blaine, figuratively speaking, required someone who wanted to expose the truth regardless of the damage it would do. And boy, there’s going to be some damage.

Blaine got away with his fair share of crimes. For five whole seasons, Blaine has been at the center of murders and destruction in this town.

As Al pointed out, most of it was because the town turned a blind eye to all he’s done out of necessity.

Peyton did not only because she once dated him but also because she needed to keep him around for brain shipments.

And those brain shipments are why Blaine roamed around with an aura of entitlement and invincibility.

He did whatever he wanted to and no one stood up to him because they needed him.

But how long can they allow a murderer and borderline psychopath to roam free?

Al was the perfect person to initiate Blaine’s takedown because she was impartial to him.

She wasn’t concerned about what his takedown would do to the 10,000 zombies that relied on him for food.

From the journalistic standpoint, I get it.

From the zombies need food or they’ll kill humans aspect, well, this probably wasn’t the best move on the chess board.

Al may think she’s doing the right thing because, on the surface, Blaine is your typical criminal who has gotten away with too much.

But considering that Al took a bite of Harris’ brains while paying the morgue a visit, we know she’s also a zombie.

She may not understand the deal Major and Filmore Graves made with Blaine, and she surely doesn’t understand anyone’s relationships with him, but she must understand that a brain shortage would be terrible for New Seattle, right?

Then again, someone else will surely be able to take over the operation.

Blaine was a well-connected man, but it was revealed he was working for Mr. Boss.

Plus, no matter how entertaining Blaine is and how well David Anders sells the role, Blaine deserves what’s coming to him.

It would be hard to imagine that the series would end with him getting away with everything he’s done.

Blaine is not someone that deserves a redemption arc.

Though part of me still wished Peyton would have forewarned Blaine after figuring out Al’s angle. I know they’re exes, but they were an exciting couple.

Al’s scathing piece didn’t paint Peyton in a great light either ahead of her DC trip.

From the looks of it, she was either complicit in the crimes or too blind in love to see the truth.

Both options make her look like a terrible contender for Mayor. And it doesn’t give the outside world any reason not to nuke New Seattle right then and there.

The promo for next week’s episode reveals that Blaine is in jail, but I don’t believe he’ll stay behind bars for too long.

As he was soaking in that his life had been destroyed by a woman he thought he had a genuine connection with, he saw an article pop up about a successful zombie cure.

The look on his face belonged to a man who already has his next scheme lined up.

Speaking of the cure, Ravi feels personally responsible for essentially placing a hit on children with Freylich’s Syndrome.

The cure leaking was Ravi’s biggest fear because he didn’t want people to target these children, yet he failed to inform Isobel’s mother who revealed in an article that her daughter’s death wasn’t for naught.

Ravi hoped that maybe everyone would gloss over the interview but since the AP picked it up, it’s safe to say the news has gone viral.

How do you think Blaine will take advantage of the sick children to save his own ass?

Blaine may have been absolved of Harris’ murder, but he’s not above killing teenagers for his own personal gain. We’ve seen what he’s capable of since the first season of iZombie.

Filmore Graves and Major can never catch a break.

Not only will they be dealing with a shortage of brains leading to angry zombies, but they’ll also be forced to control people hunting down sick teenagers. And on top of that, they’ve just been deemed public enemy number one thanks to Enzo.

FG discovered that the humans, CHICs, and Dead Enders were poisoning brain tubes with Alzheimer’s brain, which is pretty sly and crafty if you ask me.

Major suffered because of a bad brain tube, and Captain French took full advantage.

Major’s approach to policing the city may be controversial and viewed as weak, but Major doesn’t want to stir the pot which makes sense considering how many moving parts there are in the city right now.

One wrong move can be the wrong move.

And in Enzo’s case, it painted the whole establishment in a negative light.

Enzo resorted to violence while Major was momentarily incapacitated and it caused the humans to believe that Filmore Graves was still operating as if Seattle was a police state and disregarding human rights.

Enzo gave the Dead Enders exactly what they wanted: ammunition.

But even after “taking care of ” Enzo by locking him up in the freezer, Major realized he had another problem on his hands.

There was another player calling shots and unthawing his zombies right under his nose.

Major found himself questioning why anyone would want that, and really, we want to know as well.

We know it’s the mystery guy who has someone on the inside of Renegade’s operation, though it’s unclear what his end goal is.

As for the case-of-the-week, Clive was out of commission after slipping on a Slippery Nipple. Yep, it’s funny every time.

Liv took full advantage of Clive being gone, and it was exciting to see her take charge, even if her approach to solving a murder case was unconventional.

Utilizing Vampire Steve to dress up as the dead guy to lure out the killer was both genius and stupid at the same time.

As Liv said, it could have been worse.

But she nabbed the killer who turned out to be Harris’ best friend, Hamm.

Considering how stand-offish Hamm was about his nicknames at Harris’ party, he was my prime suspect, although Jamie, Amy’s ex-boyfriend, was a promising runner-up.

Clive may have played a limited role in the case, but his Facetime moments were quality content that provided all the laughs we needed.

High Clive may be my favorite Clive of all.

Where do you think the storyline is going? Will New Seattle prevail?

Will Ravi become motivated to find a new cure for zombie-sm?

Will Al survive till the end of the series?

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