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iZombie 4x13 "And He Shall Be A Good Man" Review

iZombie 4x13 "And He Shall Be A Good Man" Review

The Season 4 finale of iZombie kicks off with Ravi watching Johnny Frost announce that the anti-zombie lobby is gaining steam and that brain tubes would no longer be sent to Seattle. Ravi calls Peyton to tell her, once again, that she should stay in Washington D.C. because New Seattle wasn’t safe anymore, but she doesn’t pick up. He was halfway to saying “I love you” to her voicemail when one of Liv’s coyotes shows up at the house to tell Ravi that Fillmore Graves has Liv and Levon, and they are set to be executed the next day. Also a surprise guest at Ravi’s house — Peyton! Despite my worries that she didn’t pick up because she was in danger, it turns out it was a classic “You couldn’t reach me because I was already on my way” twist. The couple inform Clive, and the three of them rush to FIllmore Graves. Chase gives them a minute, total, to say their goodbyes to Liv.

She makes quick work of her twenty seconds with Peyton, Ravi, and Clive, not only giving perfectly heartfelt send offs to each of them, but also instructs them to to release Levon’s documentary and take care of Isabel’s brain. All three goodbyes felt earned, but I especially loved when Liv told Clive to “remember me on this brain, it’s the one that loves you.” What a beautiful way to say a goodbye to a partner that has literally seen and handled all sides of you.

Jordan, as a spy on the inside of Fillmore Graves, brings Major up to speed on the details of Liv’s execution, which has been moved to private location and an earlier time. Hobbs is concerned about rioting, especially because he doesn’t trust how Fillmore Graves soldiers will react if violence breaks out. Out of other options, Peyton and Ravi interrupt Johnny Frost’s zombie cooking tv show to urge the public to protest Liv’s execution. The documentary Levon created goes massively viral, so now everyone in New Seattle knows who Liv is, what she has been doing for the city, and what her execution might mean. Protesters storm the warehouse where Liv was being held, with Ravi and Major in front, trying to prying the door open. Major rages out and slips in to the warehouse, but isn’t able to save Levon.

Right before Levon’s skull is crushed, he yells out that Fillmore Graves has the power to mend relations between humans and zombies, hopefully speaking it into existence for next season. I was a little surprised that iZombie went through with killing Levon. It seems like Liv can’t catch a break in the boyfriend department, and I’m bummed to see this guy go.  

The chaos of the crowd distracts Chase, and Liv takes her shot. A disorientating struggle ends with Chase’s head primed on the guillotine, and Liv doesn’t hesitate to pull the lever. Liv looks traumatized as she’s released from her chains and leaves the scene. A Fillmore Graves soldier rushes in to ask the commander how to handle a gate that’s been overrun. All eyes turn to Major. At first he is reluctant, but it only takes a few moments before he starts strategizing and giving orders.

 Things were looking grim for Liv and Levon, and unfortunately, only one of them made it out alive

Things were looking grim for Liv and Levon, and unfortunately, only one of them made it out alive

The warehouse protest wasn’t the only mass violence the episode showcased. A zealous Angus has decided it’s finally time for his congregation to go national and announces an exodus. Blaine, sensing that things won’t end well, urges Angus to watch from a rooftop. When this angers Angus, Blaine admits that he orchestrated the brain flake snowfall, the sign that convinced Angus to go through with the plan in the first place. Angus furiously disowns his son for a final time, and leads his people straight into the hands of the U.S. Army. Hundreds of zombies are struck down, including Angus himself. Despite their strained relationship, Blaine watches in horror at a video of his father being executed. The brain shortage also leaves Blaine in a tricky spot with his restaurant businesses. I’m also curious if this is the last we will see Brother Love’s teachings, or if there were truly no survivors.

A dejected Liv tells Ravi that she wants to retire from her position as Renegade. After seeing so many loved ones die, she understandably needs a break. Ravi tells her that Isabel’s brain is the cure, and although it’s not mass producible, it’ll do the trick for Liv. She agrees to eating Isabel’s brain, just like she originally promised, with the side perk of it turning her back into a human. But of course, what’s iZombie without its leading undead lady? Ravi interrupts her from consuming the brain for Dale and Clive’s wedding at the station. Their vows are sweet and short, but they are tinged with the bittersweetness, acknowledging that choosing each other means not having kids. As they pledge themselves to each other, you could see Liv’s wheels turning the entire time.

She runs up to the happy couple after the ceremony, and judging by how tightly Clive hugs her, Ravi and Peyton can tell that she has gifted Isabel’s brain to Dale. “Isn’t that just like her,” remarks Peyton, and she’s right.

iZombie is always asking itself “who is Liv Moore?” Past seasons have relied heavily on the brain personality swings to create conflict with her relationships and work life, but Season 4 has done a marvelous job of actually exploring Liv, her motivations, and who she is at her core. Liv Moore is a determined, compassionate, and clever young woman who would never selfishlessly cure her zombieism, just because she felt a little defeated. Liv giving Dale Isabel’s brain was a beautiful moment, as it was a culmination of several character relationships and show themes. It shows Liv’s love for Clive and his well-being as Ravi and Peyton witness their best friend remember who she is. I think Isabel would have been very, very happy with the way things turned out.

 Isabel’s brain was a one time cure, and while Liv was tempted for a moment, she gave it away to newlyweds, Dale and Clive

Isabel’s brain was a one time cure, and while Liv was tempted for a moment, she gave it away to newlyweds, Dale and Clive

Major is now the head of Fillmore Graves. He promises Liv that he encourages smuggling into the city, and strikes a deal with Blaine to smuggle brains into Seattle. Major sells it by telling Blaine that working with Fillmore Graves will give him fame and glory, but something tells me it’s not going to be that simple.

Liv visits the motel room where she operated as Renegade with Ravi and Peyton to mourn Levon. Peyton says that the next Renegade might have trouble getting people to come to Seattle now that it’s public there’s a brain shortage. Liv disagrees and says there are still lots of applications flowing in. Liv’s coyotes crash their hang out, and convince her to come out to the pool. She’s greeted with thunderous applause from hundreds of people, all celebrating her and her work as Renegade. It’s time to start working on bridging the gap between humans and zombies. Ravi smiles at Liv and asks her what is the first step.

Liv, Major, and Peyton all sit on the seats of power in New Seattle. Between the main human smuggler, the head of the militia, and the acting mayor, they are going to have some serious weight to throw around in Washington. It seems like next season will focus on stabilizing New Seattle while going toe to toe with the U.S. Army. We know that the CW has given iZombie a fifth and final season, and I’m excited to see the adventures of Liv and co wrap up in what is sure to be a fantastic finale!

Final Thoughts:

  • Turns out the Dead Enders gang was busted off screen, like much of Major’s storyline this season. I’m not surprised, just disappointed.
  • What a fantastic Paul Rudd cameo.
  • I was so distracted by how adorable Peyton and Ravi where when they said their “I love you”s, I almost didn’t process how Ravi had been shown on the documentary. I hope this comes up next season. Ravi has the lowest profile out of anyone in the group, I’d be interested to see what it would be like if that dynamic shifted.
  • I liked how they showed the massacre of Angus’s congregation through the perspective of a news reporter, it made it a little more interesting to me.
  • I was so thrown off that Justin, Liv’s Season 3 love interest, made an appearance for the first time all season in the finale. His role could have been played by any Fillmore Graves soldier, so I’m curious as to why they brought him back in such a way.
  • I’m fairly certain that Liv and Major are endgame, but Season 5 is going to have to a lot of work to make it one to root for. I’m finding it difficult to see how these two will realistically find their way back to each other after all that has happened.
  • I absolutely loved that Dale and Clive asked Liv and Ravi to be their maid of honor and best man. It felt like a sweet testament to how far their little ragtag community of misfits has come.
  • I wonder if Season 5 will drop the procedural element to the show. As much as I love solving murders and goofy brains, I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t fit with the overall narrative of the show next season. The episodes that didn’t have the procedural element were used in interesting ways to flesh out the main characters in a way that lays a great groundwork for a finale season.  A “case-of-the-week” may not be necessary.

iZombie returns for Season 5 in 2019 on The CW.

Haley’s episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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