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iZombie – Twenty-Sided, Die (3×09)

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Liv channeled her inner nerd and went on a magical journey on this week’s iZombie and for the first time ever, Clive rather enjoyed it.

After a dungeon master was poisoned, Liv ate up his brain and forced everyone to play a go-round of Dungeons and Dragons to trigger any visions. It’s important to know that no one actually wanted to play except Ravi, who pretended he was disinterested but really, we know this is what his dreams are made of. Throughout the course of the game, which shined the spotlight on Rose McIver’s exceptional acting skills, Clive really got into it and it was almost comical to see him let loose for once. Since finding out the truth about zombies, his character has grown from a surly cop to someone that’s more vulnerable and understanding and simply, a friend to a zombie.  We’ve never seen him out of character this much but it also proved that this is who he is now, more well-rounded, more developed, and more emotional, even able to own his geekiness. All he wanted to know was where the lich was, is that so hard? What I want to know? How did they all stay so serious when Liv channeled her inner old lady? I about died laughing.

The game night was such a simple scene but so essential to the characters’ developments. It shows that everyone has embraced this crazy lifestyle and all of Liv’s different personality changes caused by the zombie brain. None of them are phased anymore; it’s just another day in their world.

When the rest of Dan’s players turned out to be dud’s, Liv had a vision that led them to a secret computer room in his house. That’s when the FBI aka Clive’s ex Bozzie, took over the case because it seemed like Russian Government poisoned Dan because he was gaining too much intel. This made the case rather irrelevant but let’s be serious, we were never interested in the goth, nerdy, gamers. We simply enjoyed what the nerdy brains did to the main characters. And bringing Bozzio back allowed the writers to showcase Clive’s transformation fully – he still cares about her but just their brief chat shows that he’s not the same man that she once knew.

Elsewhere, there is an anti-zombie militia being formed and Ravi is on the inside with them. The group is definitely more informed than anyone would like – they know what a zombie looks like, they know what to look for and they even have a list of people they suspect are zombies. Harley rallies the troops to kidnap and torture the zombies, which prompts Ravi to stand up and reveal who he is – a scientist working in the morgue who has come in contact with zombies and knows that they pose a serious threat. One scratch from them and BAM, Harley’s crew just started the very zombie apocalypse they are trying to prevent. Scary right? He urges everyone to hit pause on the agenda for a few weeks as he develops the anti-zombie vaccine, admitting that he’s very close to a cure. For the time being, it seems like his quick-thinking has saved the day… but that changes when Harley and his boy bring him a wild, crazed zombie – Don E.

Don E is in full zombie mode after drinking a little too much of the blue brain. Let’s backtrack shall we?Blaine’s bad boy act is back in full swing after returning to his zombie greatness and while I despise him for hurting Peyton, I have to admit, I enjoy his presence. During their relationship, he was on the “in-crowd” long enough to get wind of Ravi’s blue potion, which intensifies the brain and its memories. Before launching the product on the market, he forces Tanner to test it. Don E, who felt like he was above the role of taste tester, hears about Tanner’s trip and scoops out a piece for himself.

That’s where things take a bad turn and show the importance of testing your products before selling them. Either Don E took too much or it had a different effect on him but he literally TRIPPED balls, which led to him getting caught by the zombie hunters, who have been eyeing the Scratching Post as a zombie hang out. Oh Don E…. always getting in trouble.

Despite all the zombie madness, everyone finds time for a gala fundraiser thrown by Filmore Grave to help get Floyd Baracus, the zombie Mayoral candidate that the hunters are aware of, elected.

Peyton attends the party and confronts Baracus about Weckler, who “committed suicide” in his cell. Weckler is linked to the dominatrix case and she knows he was not the killer but Baracus tells her to let it go since he confessed. That’s when Liv informs her that Baracus was also a former client of the late dominatrix, which is why he wants her to drop it. Aside from her relationship with Blaine, I feel like Peyton has been severely underutilized this season. Now it seems like her only real storyline will be figuring out how Baracus is involved in this case, which is a storyline that bores me to death.

During the gala, Liv and Chase, the man taking over for the late Vivian Stoll, meet in person and there is a lot of chemistry there, which is unfortunate considering our first impression of Chase was not positive and he shot her boyfriend in the chest.

There isn’t much time to worry about that because out of nowhere, someone shoots Baracus. My hunch – the hunters who, like I mentioned, are onto Baracus’ brain-eating habits.

While all of this is going down, Major is at home trying to reignite his love like with Shawna, a woman who wrote him letters while he was the Chaos Killer. As much as I want him to be with Liv, I think that ship has sailed for right now and since he’s a human, he needs some loving.

Mr. Boss makes a grand return to Seattle and he’s ready for revenge. What trouble will he stir up now? And is this why Liv’s got visions of her late ex in next week’s episode?

Aside from Liv’s impeccable old lady voice and impersonation, this week’s episode was solid in plotlines that all connected to the smaller mysterious that have been lingering all season.

 

 


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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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