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iZombie 4x03 "Brainless in Seattle pt 1"

iZombie 4x03 "Brainless in Seattle pt 1"

It’s probably a universal truth that if a wall goes up around a city, people are going to want to get around that wall. Usually, however, people are trying to get out of a quarantine, and not in—the emergence of 10,000 zombies has certainly left Seattle off of “Frommer’s Best Places to Go in 2018” list—but that’s exactly what Annie Walls tries to do, in a romantic gesture gone wrong.

Liv, Ravi, and Clive arrive at the crime scene, and immediately something seems fishy. Annie was executed with a clean shot, but her brain was stolen in a messy robbery. Clive encourages Liv to pay special attention this case, even though unfortunately, there’s not much left of Annie’s brain. Liv makes tiny heart chocolates with what she has, which happen to not only be delicious but practical for rationing portion sizes.

 Most of Annie’s brain was stolen, so Liv has to make the brain last long enough to solve the murder—and maybe long enough to matchmake her friends in the meantime.

Most of Annie’s brain was stolen, so Liv has to make the brain last long enough to solve the murder—and maybe long enough to matchmake her friends in the meantime.

Clive discovers that Annie paid a smuggler to get her into Seattle and was calling a guy named Allen, who is inside the wall. They call him in for questioning, and Liv is instantly smitten. Annie was a romantic, about as hopeless as they come. Despite Allen’s warnings, Annie attempted to come into Seattle as an ultimate expression of love.

After letting Allen know that Annie was killed, Liv tries to comfort him and also aggressively hits on him. “Most of my boyfriends have died in terrible ways, too,” she says, and invites him to a “Humans vs Zombies” theme night at Blaine’s club.

Liv manages to rope both Ravi and Peyton into her romantic night out, but not before a delightful montage of Ravi getting a makeover. I’m glad iZombie is fully committing to this hopeless romantic brain by hitting all the essential romantic comedy beats. At first, Liv doesn’t want to leave the bar because she’s afraid she’ll miss Allen walking in (come on, girl, he was never going to show up) but Ravi and Peyton pull her out on the dance floor by requesting “Space Jam.” When they return to the bar, they catch Dale cheating on Clive and Liv makes out with a Freaky Friday Chad Michael Murray lookalike. Crazy night!

 “Thus with a kiss, I die—again!” Liv drags Petyon and Ravi to the club-

“Thus with a kiss, I die—again!” Liv drags Petyon and Ravi to the club-

Meanwhile at Fillmore Graves, Major informs Chase about the incident that was caught on film, as well as a lawsuit against Jordan for wrongful death. Jordan was the one who raged out and scratched the Dead Ender. Chase tells him to take care of it, and enters a meeting where his colleagues tell him that the brain shortage is even worse than they thought.

4 to 6 months until starvation?! How is this possible? Ancient civilizations had a better grasp on long term food planning and rationing than Fillmore Graves. I’m so confused how Chase Graves was able to orchestrate Discovery Day, complete with media packages for news stations to run, but he never stopped to think how he was going to feed everyone.

He goes to Blaine, cutting him a deal that he’ll leave him alone if Blaine finds Renegade, the coyote that’s been scratching people and turning them into zombies. Is Renegade scratching so many people that it’s tipping the scales on the food shortage issue? I’m skeptical of this. I hope Chase Graves has some other cards up his sleeve in order to feed the people. Blaine agrees to help, and it’s a relatively tame interaction between the two most nefarious citizens of New Seattle.

When Liv returns to the police station, she’s ice cold towards Dale. This seems to amuse Clive more than anything, but the charm wears off when Liv tries to set him up with a rookie cop. I’m glad Liv was able to fall back on this brain as an excuse, I’m not ready to watch Clive’s heart break just yet. Liv tells Clive that she had a vision of Annie’s coyote, and she’s back in his good graces.

Even though Chase charged Blaine with finding Renegade, Liv gets to her first. Renegade actually comes to Liv’s apartment, which seems risky, but I like this woman’s style. Liv shows her a sketch of Annie’s coyote, and Renegade informs her that his name is Bruce, and he’s a part of a particularly nasty crew. They lure people over the Seattle wall, kill them and steal their brains and identities. Renegade doesn’t seem to be hopeful that there’s a way to stop them, and says that she wishes that Annie had found her instead.

Earlier in the episode, we saw Don E review brains from a brain dealer, business as usual. He flips through a binder of different profiles (as in, social media profiles) and selects samples based on what he sees. One of the brains belongs to Annie, meaning the brains in Blaine’s restaurant are connected to the ring of brutal coyotes. The brain dealer mentions that he knows someone who Renegade scratched, and he brings the zombie to Blaine.

Blaine asks this zombie for details on Renegade, but the zombie won’t talk. Blaine threatens him with a cure (because of course it was Blaine who stole the cure) but the screen suddenly cuts to Blaine feasting on the zombie’s brain. Did he cure him and then eat his brain? Is Blaine eating another zombie’s brain? Is that allowed?!

Liv has a new vision of Annie tricking her coyote and running away, and it leads them to an abandoned building. Clive finds a handful of skulls in an incinerator, and the duo realize they are dealing with a serial killer. I love when the show finds clever ways to juxtapose the brains Liv eats and the things that she’s dealing with in her personal life; this is probably the most dangerous killer they’ve gone up against and probably the most light-hearted brain we’ve seen in long time.

Other thoughts:

  • Don’t trust a guy who doesn’t change his distance settings on dating profiles after his city has been quarantined. I know Annie and Allan met on a Bridget Jones’ Diary chatroom, but come to think about it, don’t trust the guys on there either.
  • Johnson County, Kansas is my neighboring county. If the writers are looking for some material similar to the San Francisco and New England jokes in the premiere, I know some good ones.
  • “Lovestruck Midwestern Belle” is the title of my memoir.
  • Maybe Liv can work her hopeless romantic magic on Peyton and Ravi next week. This episode reminded me how much I miss their friendship/relationship. Peyton says that Ravi is “definitely not” her true love, but she didn’t convince me.
  • Is Annie and Allan a reference to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall?
  • “Clive won’t eat dumplings because they have too many secrets”
  • I almost forgot about the Darwin Project, a group that wants volunteer zombie bodies for research. Could everyone just chill about this zombie outbreak for a second?

iZombie airs Monday nights at 9/8c on The CW.

Haley's episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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