iZombie 5x04 "Dot Zom" Review
Has iZombie just introduced its newest zombie Big Bad? Everyone’s favorite French Inspector is at it again, thawing those rogue Fillmore Graves who committed the shooting at the human bar, Warm Bodies. He brings them to a sketchy van, and introduces them to a shady character, snorting a substance from a vial. When they ask him who is, all he reveals is that zombies are the next stage of human evolution, and he wants to usher the new era of humanity. When one of the rogue FG traitors turns him down, Shady Zombie Man rages out on command and takes him out. I guess we have to add him to the list of deadly foes in New Seattle.
And speaking of new eras, Shady Zombie Man is not the only one with apocalypse on the brain. For the murder-of-the-week, Clive and Liv investigate a genius app designer, who in his late life became obsessed with curating a group of ideal humans to live in a bunker when the moment inevitably comes. Liv takes his brain “on the go,” swirling chunks into a bottle of kombucha. Clive is more disgusted with the fermented tea than the brain bits, which shows how far he’s come over five seasons. While Liv and Clive investigate the surrounding characters involved with Cornell, I was surprised to see how shy Liv was about her zombie-ness. Everyone seems to recognize her as Renegade, but when they interrogate Nora, Cornell’s assistant, Clive and Liv make excuses for her brain visions. Liv turns a 180 when they tap a likely suspect, “The Fixture King,” Sheldon Drake. He spews vitriol about zombies in her direction, and she defiantly snaps back. There was something so refreshing for Liv to confront a suspect by saying “I saw it. In a vision.” While Clive’s comments and half baked cover ups for Liv are part of what make their partnership so fun, I loved watching Liv stand up for herself in this moment, especially to a guy like this. A closer look at Sheldon Drake reveals that he really is up to no good. Dead-Enders have started a doxxing website to out Seattle zombies, but Drake and Cornell had taken it a step further — data mining to find online behavior patterns for zombies. An operation like this could be catastrophic for the identities of zombies in New Seattle. While the killer is revealed to be Melissa, Cornell’s business partner and former girlfriend, she pleads with Renegade that it was meant to be an act of justice. “He wanted to save humanity. I wanted to save zombie kind. You understand, don’t you Renegade?” she says. Things are going to get dicey if Clive and Liv unavoidably find each other on opposite sides of the legal system.
Blaine returns to his schoomzy ways, peacocking and crooning around his restaurant as he announces that he’s getting profiled for a magazine by Al Bronson. He’s even more delighted when it turns out that “Al” is short for “Alice,” a beautiful young woman. His peacocking and crooning get even more insufferable after that. At first it seems like Al might be falling for it (especially after Blaine takes out some Dead-Enders while on a “Brazilian Street Fighter” brain), but then she stumbles upon Blaine’s study. She had previously mentioned she had been profiling Mayor Baracus before he was killed, and it looks like she still might be on the story — Blaine has proudly displayed the mask he wore in the video where he kills Baracus. Oh Blaine, you pompous fool. Maybe his vanity will finally take him down this time.
Meanwhile, Ravi and Peyton work on Jimmy’s comedy sketch that’s meant to smoothe over zombie and human relations. It’s a bumpy start, and Peyton and Jimmy disagree over artistic vision. “For God’s sake, make it stop,” she groans. Jimmy’s knuckles practically turn zombie white as he insists that it’s supposed to be a comedy, but Peyton points out that all the jokes make zombies the punchline. The young woman playing the zombie, Yasmine, speaks up, and Peyton makes her head writer. Yasmine spins the script to give it more “heart” and convinces Jimmy and the rest of the cast to get on board.
And now for the plot that made my heart ache the most — iZombie giveth and taketh away Mr. Graham Moss. We are introduced to Mr. Moss, Jaelyn and Michael’s favorite teacher, as the principal is firing him for being a zombie. Major tells Liv about it, and in a stroke of genius brain, she suggests hiring him to tutor all the zombie children they have been accumulating. When they bring him in to offer him the position, they stress if he’s going to tutor at Renegade’s headquarters, he needs to have the utmost discretion. This arrangement is rainbows and butterflies for about two seconds, because Mr. Moss almost immediately starts telling his date, in a public place, about his new gig. He gets kidnapped by Rogue FG Traitor and Shady Zombie Man (I am so sorry, I can’t find their names anywhere), and forces Mr. Moss to work for them. And just like that, Mr. Moss pops back into Renegade’s headquarters, but this time, he’s compromised. What could Shady Zombie Man possibly want with Liv and her operation? I can’t believe I immediately fell in love with the idea of a mini zombie resistance school, just to have it taken from me in under 40 minutes. That’s television for you.
Major watching TV with zombie kiddos is my favorite Major. Also, when he tells Mr. Moss that “lives depend on it” and looks lovingly right at Liv? So soft! It was lovely to see these two working together this episode. I’m a sucker for how the show is slowly rebuilding these two back towards each other this season.
Ugh the stereotype of journalists flirting and contemplating sleeping with sources, as well as some violence against a gay character this episode. Both are bad looks, iZombie.
“If I’m anything, I’m a man of my word.” Blaine, you are delusional.
Slams table — Where is Quinta B?!
Haley’s episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝
iZombie airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the CW.