iZombie 2×4 Review: Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues
So far, season two of iZombie has felt a little lackluster to me, and I think a lot of that has to do with the way that the writers are pushing the caricatures of the Brain-of-the-Week. This week was no exception, but the side stories were so good that I can easily say that this is my favorite episode of the season so far!
One of my huge gripes about last season was how Liv kept Major in the dark about being a zombie. I wanted her to tell him so bad, especially when he had himself committed to a mental hospital because he thought he was going crazy. I am so glad that Liv got to have her peace with Major this week. The way that she cleared the air seemed so realistic and genuine–it was actually very satisfying to watch. Those are the types of conversations that you wish all television characters would have with each other. I like that Liv came to the conclusion that what she and Major once had is no longer because so much of their lives had changed. I also like that she admitted that she still loves him, just not in the way that means they should be together. I know I am dwelling on this conversation so much, but I just liked it!
Other things I like: Ravi naming the dog Minor. I’m sorry, but that is hilarious! It follows in the footsteps of other hilarious names on this show like MeatCute or the pseudonym of our first victim back in season one, Stefani Germanotta. I just really enjoy little details like that, and it makes this show stand out as clever and fun. Speaking of Ravi, he laid the bromance on thick with Clive in this episode. I want to see more Clive and Ravi together! They are comedy gold. I also need to give a shoutout to Ravi having his own very realistic conversation with Major and realizing that he is not himself. I hope that Ravi helps Liv deal with Major’s downward spiral because I am afraid of what will happen if she tries to do it alone.
I was not a huge fan of the Brain-of-the-Week story, mainly because I feel like the writers are starting to get a little heavy-handed with the stereotyping (see caricature reference from earlier). Rose McIver is a great actress, and she is more than capable of doing the subtle personality changes of the victims without having cheesy dialogue. It just makes the writing come across as cheap, and I know that this show can do better. I did love Liv singing, and I think that was really Rose McIver! It was lovely to see yet another layer of her amazing talent.
I briefly want to mention Blaine and Peyton. First of all, I still don’t care about Blaine’s story. I love Blaine, but he is just so boring right now. But his story may pick up steam now that he seems to have caught the eye of Peyton. I am curious to see how their relationship shakes out because it surely will involve Liv at some point. I am cautiously optimistic that this will be a good subplot that will add some angst…but not to Major! Because seriously, Major needs a break.
What did you think of this episode? Do you agree that this is the best of season two so far? Let us know in the comments!
Erin has reviewed many shows over the years including Orphan Black, iZombie, Penny Dreadful, and Killing Eve. She has a keen eye for on-screen chemistry, and loves to tackle the subject of casting. She is also our horror aficionado. She live tweets shows, and loves to share her feelings. Erin has a BA in History, and likes to analyze the lore behind historical fiction. She attends San Diego Comic Con every year and has also attended C2E2 and WonderCon.
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