A so-so case fails to elevate iZombie, which picks up the slack with some other interesting developments.
Let’s bitch it out…
Not too much to say about the latest episode; rather just a few observations:
- The case didn’t really resonate with me. Aside from providing Rose McIver with lots of opportunities to act maternal, I spent most of the time relating the imprisoned pregnant woman to Meg’s storyline on Veronica Mars. This may be due in large part because I just finished reading the second novelization, Mr. Kiss and Tell, which involves Meg’s younger sister and the damage that restrictive parents can cause. But overall…that case was a bit bland, no?
- Anyone else feel like Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) would get in a lot of trouble for continually bringing Liv to active crime scenes? “Psychic” or not, she’s still a civilian
- Were you surprised by the reveal that Lieutenant Suzuki (Hiro Kanagawa) is also a zombie? He seems to have fewer issues controlling his rage, but he seemed genuinely intrigued that Liv is one of the undead. Agree? Disagree?
- I’m loving the dynamic between Liv and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) but I can’t help but feel that the writers aren’t using him as well/much as they should. He’s got great comedic chops, but we still know next to nothing about him. Can the guy get a storyline of his own, please?
- Originally it seemed as though Major (Robert Buckley) was going to spend most of the episode sidelined, but then he gets a meaty (pun intended) scene after he breaks into Julien’s (Aleks Paunovic) car and discovers a tupperware container filled with brains. It should be a great moment, but the impact is dulled thanks to an unlikely reaction by the police office. Even if it does turn out to be calf brains, wouldn’t you wait for some kind of test to determine that before letting the person go?!
- Not a big fan of newly introduced reporter Rebecca Hinton (Sunita Prasad). Aside from the awkward introduction, her journalist tactics seem pretty lowbrow. Would she really be able to print Clive’s comments?
- The slow burn on Evan (Nick Purcha) getting a job at Blaine’s (an unseen David Anders) butcher shop continues. With the joint forces of mom Eva (Molly Hagan) and Liv working in tandem, it’s only a matter of time before Liv’s mildly aimless brother ends up behind the service counter (or under its glass).
- Finally: my favourite scene of the night is Liv’s “friend zone” date with Lowell (Bradley James). I’m still not quite certain why Lowell didn’t come clean about the sexual orientation swap (courtesy of the gay doctor’s brains he’d consumed) earlier, but the montage of their non-sexual dancing/hang-out was just plain fun. I really, really like these two together, even though we’re clearly meant to pine for her to get back with Major. Am I alone here?
- Liv (after Ravi inquires if she’ll make him lunch): “But you should eat something, with vegetables – if you so choose.”
- Liv (when Ravi insists he can’t give her the Girlfriend Experience): “I don’t think that means what you think it means.”
- Liv (to Clive, surveying the wooden baby’s crib): “No, this is what Rupelstiltskin carves you after you promise him your first born.”
- Liv (after a chilly reaction from Lowell to her kiss): “I once had a guy try to make out with me after I vomited up garlic bread!”
- Lowell (talking about his man crush on Idris Alba): “I’m mildly afraid of heights, but I would not hesitate to climb that guy”
Your turn: what did you think of ‘Maternity Liv’? How long before Blaine sticks a fork in Evan? Do you want Lowell to stick around? Is Suzuki good or bad? Should Ravi get a bigger part? And how much trouble is Major in now that he’s (partially) discovered the truth about Julien? Sound off below
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9pm EST on The CW. Next week things get hot when Liv eats a sex therapist. Count me in!