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iZombie 4x02 "Blue Bloody"

iZombie 4x02 "Blue Bloody"

Is it just me, or are the murder victims getting a little less sympathetic this season? First an anti-zombie factory worker, and now a rude country club dowager. Mrs Brinks gossips and insults her caddy right before she gets smacked in the eye with a golf ball with fatal accuracy. Ravi, in his professional opinion, declares the scene an accident, but his theory gets crossed off when the team finds a golf ball gun in the lake.

Who could have possibly wanted Mrs. Brinks dead? When Liv consumes her brain via martini, it quickly becomes obvious a lot of people could have had a motive. Liv transforms into a monstrous, hard-candy-chewing, “can I speak to your manager,” unfiltered snob. The suspect list whittles down to the three people that Mrs. Brinks left $1 million to in her will—and the guilty party is her chef. At first I was a little disappointed; her “my son needs an operation and Mrs. Brinks wouldn’t lend me the money” motive was definitely the most obvious of the three, but her struggle ends up leading to one of the most poignant scenes the show has had in awhile. But we’ll get to that in second.

 Bottoms up! Liv’s cocktail turns her into a stuck up rich white lady

Bottoms up! Liv’s cocktail turns her into a stuck up rich white lady

Can Blaine come get his man? Angus is wreaking holy havoc on New Seattle as his congregation grows. They all appear to have a vision at the same time—I’m very curious what they all saw—but when they come to, they are out for blood. They pillage the brain blackmarket and Angus declares a New Order. Later, we see his softer side when he halts his parade to address a small starving zombie girl. She tries to offer him coins for food, but he presses free brains into her palm and comforts her. What’s his endgame here?

Angus and his congregation aren’t the only ones sowing unrest. A group of kids (I’m assuming the group that calls themselves the Dead Enders) are tagging a restaurant that proudly serves zombies. Even though Major and his squad show up and claim to be “peacekeepers,” Major’s new recruit Jordan provokes one of the gang members. Things unravel quickly—Jordan’s helmet is knocked off, leaving her vulnerable to headshots. She rages out and scratches her attacker. He yells at a fellow gang member to remember their pact, that he won’t become a zombie, while Major tries to subdue him. That gang member pulls a gun on the scratched guy, but someone on the squad manages to stop the execution. Major looks over and sees that someone has gotten the entire altercation on a camera phone. I wonder if we’ll see direct consequences of this, or if it’s just meant to add to the rising tensions.

On a lighter note, Clive goes to Ravi for advice for an unexpected reason. Things are going great with Dale, except for the fact that her zombieism is preventing them from being… “intimate.” An amused Ravi suggests anti-anxiety medication that’ll lower Clive’s libido. Dale quickly finds the pills, and confronts him about it. She’s convinced that they’ll find another solution. In a weird way, Clive’s willingness to try something like that shows commitment to their relationship. It’s clear these two want to make it work, and I do want them to work. Clive and Dale’s dynamic is one of my favorites on the show. Hopefully they won’t go the way of Liv and Major, which speaking of…

 New Seattle has brought some unexpected life changes for Clive, including navigating a sex life with a zombie girlfriend

New Seattle has brought some unexpected life changes for Clive, including navigating a sex life with a zombie girlfriend

As a professional, objective television reviewer, I have to disclose something. I’m a huge Liv and Major shipper. At the beginning of the episode, it would appear that they were back together. But the writers can’t fool me, this ain’t my first rodeo. These two don’t look like they’ve actually worked out their issues, the timing is just convenient. Even though it was fun to see their dynamic the next morning (Ravi was privy to some unfortunate conversations this week), they ultimately fell apart again when the emotional crux of the episode unfolded.

Okay, remember the chef whose son, Alex, needed an operation to save his life so she committed murder to make it happen? Instead of signing a confession, she gives Liv and Clive an address. She promises to confess to everything, if the police could just get her son to LA to see his father and have the operation. Clive refuses and tells her it’s a hub of anti-zombie terrorist activity. But when Liv is back in the morgue, the country club brain has worn off and she is feeling the heavy guilt of the situation. Even if the chef had the money to get her kid to LA, they were still in a walled city because of zombies. Smuggling Alex would be illegal, but Liv knows the right thing to do here. It was so lovely to see Ravi comfort Liv and then spring into action with her. iZombie is a show full of shenanigans and can sometimes feel overstuffed, but it never forgets that Ravi and Liv’s friendship is a pillar of the entire story.

 As much fun as Liv’s personality swings are, sometimes it’s nice to see sincere moments of friendship and emotion with Ravi

As much fun as Liv’s personality swings are, sometimes it’s nice to see sincere moments of friendship and emotion with Ravi

The two of them try to sneak into the high security area, but they have to get through Major first. He’s the supervisor that clears them for entry. The moment is a tense one, but at the last second, he lets them pass through.

Ravi and Liv enter a laundromat, where they are greeted by Renegade, who promises Alex that she will take him to LA to see his father. Who is this mysterious woman? She’s smuggling people from within an anti-zombie terrorist hub? She knows who Liv and Ravi are, but what are her goals? Liv and Ravi pass off Alex, and something about this scene just felt so emotional. The way of New Seattle is not an easy one, people are being forced to make ultimate sacrifices and form human smuggling rings. Even if Renegade is dangerous, she has a tenderness with Alex, and she even tricks Ravi into climbing inside a laundry machine to make him laugh. Okay, it made me laugh too. Whoever Renegade is, she’s already a standout character.

The confrontation with Major lays the groundwork for a huge fight between him and Liv. He’s incredulous at her smuggling activities, but Liv points out it wouldn’t have even happened if Fillmore Graves hadn’t started everything. Major delivers a devastating blow —“You think you’re the only good zombie, the only one trying to make things right.” To be fair to Liv, that used to be true. Back in the day when they were up against Blaine, Liv really was the only good zombie. But the world is different now, and Liv is one of many. The larger the community grows, the more divisive opinions about right and wrong will be. Liv shoots back that the Major she knows would know helping a sick child is the right thing to do. Major calls off their sexual relationship, which is probably a good idea for now. I still have hope for these two, but Fillmore Graves is going to be standing in between them for the foreseeable future.

Other Thoughts:

  • First Angus murders Blaine’s henchman with a hammer to MC Hammer, next he’s giving a zealous speech with Hozier’s Take Me To Church in the background The writers are giving him all the good music puns.  
  • Jessica Harmon is a delight. Even though I love her on The 100, I have a huge soft spot for Dale. I hope she sticks around for as long as possible, I’m a huge fan of Dale and Clive as a couple.
  • Did someone say something about a guillotine?!
  • Clive takes a look at Mrs. Brinks’ fancy necklace and comments that he thought “that sank to the bottom of the ocean with the Titanic.” It’s such a shame that Liv wasn’t on an appropriate brain to appreciate that solid Clive joke.
  • What’s up, Vampire Steve? Always nice to see you, buddy.

iZombie airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.

Haley's episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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