iZombie is one of those shows that can seamlessly transition back and forth between the brain of the week and the overarching story, and “Wag the Tongue Slowly” was a perfect example of that. Not only did we get a perfectly complex murder to try and solve, but we learned more about Ravi’s cure and Blaine’s memory loss and how that might impact the entire dynamic of the show.
I really want to talk about that overarching story first because everyone seems to be royally screwing up right now (except for Liv and Clive, who seem to be having the best luck out of all of our main characters at the moment–I blame work). After the reveal last week of Ravi having slept with his old boss, we had the (dis)pleasure of watching him spiral downward and be completely mopey. I love Ravi, but I hate when he is overly negative. I want him to be the comic relief on the show, so when he is not, I find him very hard to swallow. That’s not to say that I don’t want him to have feelings, and let’s face it–his reactions to the Peyton situation have been pretty realistic. I really feel do feel for him, I just want the old Ravi back.
That brings me to the worst person of the week: Peyton. I was hoping that when Aly Michalka was added to the main cast this season that we would get a lot more of Peyton, and we really have, but just not in the way I was hoping. Peyton has always been a bit of a loose cannon in my opinion–even back in season one she was extremely cold about Liv’s changes, and clearly was not open to learning about the zombie secret since she was absent in most of season two. But this love triangle with Ravi and Blaine has made me realize that Peyton is really not that great of a friend to Liv and Major. I think she is focused more on how her guys need her, and less about how the cure could affect Liv and Major, which frankly is pretty annoying. I don’t dislike Peyton, I just wish she would make better choices and not let relationship issues cloud her judgment. And I really don’t care who she ends up with because I think it could go either way.
I do want to touch briefly on Blaine, because even though he is a relatively minor major character, David Anders just plays him so well. You literally never know what is happening. I remember at the end of last season everyone was trying to figure out if Blaine was faking the memory loss. This week I couldn’t help but wonder if Blaine’s memories had been restored and he was just faking it (again?). It is clear that Anders completely understands Blaine and plays him as such. I like it.
As for the rest of the episode, I actually kind of enjoyed the brain of the week. It was silly having Liv as a gossip, but I liked the complexity of the murder itself and how it wasn’t clear until the very end how the whole thing went down. This show is just so cleverly written, and I appreciate not having the result glaring from the beginning. Also, Major found Natalie! I feel like nothing good can come from this, but him giving her his dose of the cure was classic Major, and I appreciate that.
Overall, I think “Wag the Tongue Slowly” was another great episode with a lot of forward movement in the story with a great sub-plot. It will be interesting to see if Blaine has any additional side effects to the cure boost, and how the triangle will continue to play out. More Clive and Liv please! I love those two together. And I really need Ravi to snap out of the emo and get back to being funny and working on the cure!
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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