iZOMBIE S2 EP4 "EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLACKS AND BLUES" REVIEW!
By Jarrett Kruse
Although iZOMBIE is one of my new TV obsessions basically because I love zombies but gave up on WALKING DEAD after the monotony just got a little boring. Not to say it is not a brilliant show with top notch everything, I just had to walk away. But back to iZOMBIE, this week was really the first misstep in both the first and second season mainly because the core relationship of Liv and Major is finally put to the test after a busload of trials and tribulations. It had to come to a head at some point this season and I am actually glad that they did not drag it out any further.
We open some kids with a stolen beer that find a random gun presumably one that was used in a crime. The murder of the week is a Texas born and bred waitress named Lacey Cantrell who works in a honky tonk bar. Liv and Babineaux find a stack of returned letters that Lacey sent to her ex-boyfriend at Walla Walla prison. They were all unopened so Liv and Clive get to reading to get some background on their vic. Oh, I should mention that the frickin' gorgeous Peyton is back in town and is Seattle's face against the public fight against Utopium.
After eating the brains of Lacey in what looks to be a very yummy fried General Tso's Chicken style meal, Liv now has a hankering to play the guitar and get on stage. Like a pro at the open mic night where Lacey worked, Liv kills it onstage singing a twangy country love ballad that is clearly about her and Major. Ravi is there for support and there is really nothing funnier than an Indian dude with a British accent dressed like John Travolta in URBAN COWBOY. Liv basicalyy marches down to Major and tells him that she will always love him but she has to let him go. Man, can this guy catch a break already. A year ago he had a hot surgeon fiancee that is now pale as a ghost, eats brains and works in the Medical Examiners office solving murders whose victims she consumes. Now, Vaughn Du Lac has him by the short and curlies because he knows that Liv is a zombie and is blackmailing him to be his number one zombie killer. On top of that, he's become addicted to Utopium, the very drug cut from the boat party that turned Liv into, well, Liv.
As it turns out, Blaine who was noticably absent last week has found the guy that cut the Utopium for the boat party and it turns out to be a guy named Gabriel. Understand that in order to make the zombie cure, Blaine (and Liv) need that special Utopium mixture so it is almost like they are like allies in a strange way. A problem has arisen though--Gabriel has gone legit and has now found Jesus and given up everything in the drug business. He refuses to give Blaine and his thugs the recipe of Utopium that he cut for the boat party. So after some persuasive punishment, they eventually turn Gabriel into a zombie with a scratch to the face and lock him in a coffin. By the time they open it, Gabriel's hair has a long white streak and he is ravenous for brains. Then, they put him out on the street knowing that he will not be able to last on his own. Its a risk I suppose and I am not sure if they have a tail on him or what but if they lose him again, they don't have the recipe for the Utopium that can cure.
Meanwhile, Peyton is getting turned down by every felon she is offering reduced sentences to for ratting out Mr. Boss (clever) the head of the Seattle Utopium trade. Not a single felon in an orange jumpsuit will give anything up. The last person she interviews that happens to be a respectable, local businessman that Peyton has nothing to offer to is willing to divulge everything he knows. Peyton is psyched at this huge break considering the guy giving her all of this information for hours just happens to be local funeral shop owner BLAINE!! Plus, she clearly has a thing for him and even tells Liv about him that night over a glass of wine. It is strange how all of these characters that are all in each other's worlds somehow know some but not all of each of their circles. And it is the one person in the circle that they do not know that they desperately need to make the link to know that they are in danger.
When Major is scrounging in some blacklit crack den for Utopium, he runs into a former "student" of his that he used to help stay off drugs. The irony is not lost on him and Major has hit rock bottom. He shows up at Liv's door, broken and desperate and simply says to the love of his life, "I need help." The two embrace and kiss which turns into a bigger kiss that leads to the credits rolling. I don't know how Major is not going to run into Gilda, Liv's new roommate and her new bedroom plaything. I think that the whole country music motif is just window dressing because the murder is far from interesting and basically solves itself. The country music cliche of losing everything and somehow getting it all back is the cyclical theme of this episode as our two protagonists, Liv and Major finally get back together in the final scene.
It was a "nice" episode but nothing that really wowed. The writing was as usual very sharp and witty. I particularly like Peyton, not just because she is a smoking hot bittie but because she has all sorts of information and has her toes dipped in a lot of different ponds that all lead to the same bad place. Other than that, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't relieved to see Major at least make that first effort to get some help. Its the Blaine storyline that has me most intrigued because he is a real snake in the grass and is definitely looking to usurp Mr. Boss as the Utopium king of Seattle. As far as Liv goes, I am yet to find something that I do not like about her no matter whose brain she eats that week.