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iZombie – Are You Ready for Some Zombies (4×01)

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“It’s called beast mode.”

Zombie lovers, we’re baaaaack!

And this new Seattle is nothing like we remember. It’s a zombie-infested, military state where everyone is pretty much walled off from entering or leaving. I mean, it’s Trump’s dream world — they even have his dream wall. And no, people aren’t liking it.

With zombies having been exposed to the world, it’s like we’re watching a completely different show.

Liv and Major don’t have to hide who they are anymore, which is great, but now, we’re seeing whether zombies and humans can co-exist. The answer? Nope.

You have the zombies, who are being fed mass-produced brains that are distributed by Fillmore-Graves, the people responsible for the zombie epidemic, which was distributed through those annual flu shots. And you thought we were having the worst flu-season of all. Despite creating zombies, FG is determined to spread the message of “zero tolerance” and even has a death-penalty (did you see that guillotine?) if a zombie scratches a human/spreads the virus through sexual intercourse.

That makes it pretty difficult for human-zombie relationships to thrive. For example Clive and Dale, who are still going strong, even though they have to keep things PG.

In these confusing times, most humans aren’t “down” with the zombie-ism or their new leaders, which leaves Seattle a state-divided.

This new world is going to take some getting used to or as Clive put it, “Why bother? Someones probably gunna nuke us any day now.” Way to be optimistic Det. Babino!

The one thing that remains the same and gives the viewers a sense of familiarity are the murder-mysteries of the week. It’s nice to know that even when everything is in disarray, we can always count on our dynamic due to keep us composed.

This week’s mystery takes place in one of Fillmore Graves’ brain production factories. How else did you think they were getting brains out to the masses?

Employee Clint Hicks, a man that has been vocal about his distaste for zombies, is found shredded in the grinder.

Or according to Ravi’s cause of death: “ground to death in a mixing bowl.”

While the go-to suspect is Hicks’ work enemy Doc Greeves, a slew of visions reveals his killer is someone a lot closer to home.

When homes of zombies start being tagged with red ‘Z’s’ (very original humans), Liv remembers Clint’s home was tagged the mark that was covered up by a poster.

Upon arrival, Liv gets a vision of Hick’s finding out that his son slept with his zombie girlfriend and turned. His hatred for zombies overpowered his fatherly efforts and his son threatened to “east his brains,” if he touched him.

That night, his wife went to the factory to kill her husband and protected her son by framing the co-worker he was openly feuding with.

Ruthless? Yes, but it seems cases are heightened when there’s a struggle between human and zombie relations.

This leads into Major’s new “job” within Filmore-Graves.

Major has finally found a place where he fits in and is no longer plagued by the Chaos Killer stigma.

Chase leans on Major’s background in youth counseling to take care of the “dead-enders,” young zombies who have been kicked out by their unapproving parents. He tells Major that he wants to help integrate them into the experimental city to help keep the peace and while it isn’t a lie, it isn’t as innocent as it sounds.

At first, Major is stoked to go back to his line of work but soon realizes that Graves basically wants him to recruit young soldiers.

And of course, these soldiers are very eager to work there considering anyone that isn’t a soldier is being skimped on brains.

In Seattle, despite how morally corrupt FG is, it is the company you WANT to latch onto.

These young adults Major is nurturing are being ostracized by their parents, much like LGBTQ youth are in our world. And the brain industry is boomin’ much like the drug industry.

The young are trading sex for brains in an attempt to get their fix and feed their families.

Filmore-Graves is keeping all to themselves, rationing only small amounts to the zombies they created. Basically, they are keeping these zombies indebted to them and under their control.

And where there is a demand, there is an opportunity to control the market and make tons of money.

Graves and Russ Roach, his FG bud, are operating a black market; withholding brains from hungry zombies and up-charging those who crave them desperately to make a fortune.

Which brings us to dear Blaine, who has found himself smack dab in the middle with a brand new business model.

Cemetary-to-table dining for the 1%. Now there’s a man who knows how to cater to ever-changing demands.

In addition, he’s still running The Scratching Post, but staying afloat only by being a snitch for Graves, which as you can imagine, is the bane of his existence.

I’d also make note that even after all that’s happened, Blaine still isn’t over Peyton and even though she knows how despicable he is, and even when she’s dating some new bougie dude named Derek, she’s still not over him either. I’m calling a mid-season Blaine and Pey hook-up, which will place her amongst the zombie ranks.

When I said it was a weird new world to get used to, I wasn’t joking. Peyton brings Derek home to find a sports-crazed Liv (on sports brain) with her face fully painted and Ravi (on nudist brain) walking around completely nude.

And literally, ZERO EFFS were given.

Right, Ravi — I did, in fact, say nudist brain. After he took the cure and forced Liv to scratch him in the finale, we’ve been wondering if he’s gone full-blown zombie.

The answer is kind of.

The vaccine worked, but the caveat is that once a month, Ravi turns into a zombie for about 72-hours. We’re talking white hair, cravings for brains, brain-induced side-effects, the whole shabang.

Liv lovingly refers to this as Ravi’s “time of the month.”

There’s an interesting dynamic between the Filmore-Graves soldiers and the actual Seattle PD, who don’t seem to have the highest authority anymore, as seen by Clive’s interaction with Russ, on Shakespeare brain nonetheless, at the Scratching Post.

It’ll be interesting to see how both these departments operate and who has the final say when it comes to the law. With FG untouchable, is there even a need for the detectives and police?

And onto the most unpredictable but definitely believable moment of the episode — the rise of Angus, Blaine’s papa!

If Blaine thought Chase Graves was a pain in the ass, wait till he realizes daddy dearest was released from his well, thanks to Chief. I knew he never had any real loyalty to Blaine, especially when he treated him lesser than.

And even though Angus is a man reformed, he’s not one to shy from killing anyone who stands in his way, even the man who saved him. It was so obvious he was going to kill him.

Angus obviously missed the zombie outbreak, but he hasn’t skipped a beat.

He waltzes right into a church claiming to have heard God, which in actuality was Blaine coming with his daily musings and complaints.

Look, the man has always given me the heebie-jeebies on Prison Break, but seeing him inhabit a “godly” persona with his evilness and rally up al the zombies with promise of what they really want — freedom and brains — was chilling.

And so good.

He’ll become FG’s biggest obstacle and when that happens, I wonder if Blaine will team with daddy dearest to take back control of Seattle or stick with FG and take his father out.

Regardless, there will be a revolution led by Angus and the pissed off zombies. Screw keeping the peace.


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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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