iZombie Season 2, Episode 2 "Zombie Bro" Review!
By Jarrett Kruse
I have only been on the iZombie bandwagon for a little over a week when Season One was on sale at Best Buy and I decided to add it to the AFJ TV lineup. However, it already feels like I have been watching the show for years. I love the show that much as well as the characters but none more than the adorable Rose McIver as Liv Moore, the show's protagonist. The premise is simple for those that are not in the know just yet. After being turned into a zombie at a boat party with laced Utopium, former doctor Liv Moore breaks off her engagement with fiance' Major and takes a job in the Medical Examiner's office where she can satiate her desire for yummy brains and keep her food supply steady. However, her co-worker Ravi sees the signs and knows that she is a zombie, but Liv uses the brains that come through the ME's office as food to solve how those people were murdered. The best part is that after ingesting the brains of the victims, she takes on the personality of the deceased.
This week, a homicide at a fraternity house has Liv eat the brains of a Greek frat brother which transforms her into a beer pong loving, shot chugging, head of hijinks 20-year old. The episode takes hysterical shots at the cliche of Greek life and has Liv become a belching, stomach scratching that can do keg stands with the best of them. However, there is a murder that occurred so she has to figure at least a few clues out to help Ravi and Babineaux solve the case. At this point in the series, I am secretly hoping that Clive is in on Liv's secret of being a zombie soon because he is the only major character that does not know what Liv has become. He just thinks that she is a clever M.E. chick with visions that help him out on his homicide cases.
The main murder of the frat house guy is kind of vanilla and truthfully there is not much there. However it is the suspects that they bring in that you cannot help but laugh at. They include a girl that is a solid 6 foot 5 and a couple that engages in "furries," a sexual fetish that involves wearing life-sized costumes of vermin but in colorful shades of pinks and purple. Yikes. The murder itself really just turns out to be a sad case of mistaken identity and you cannot help but feel bad as they stretch the plot out to the final frames. It is the other sub-arcs that were of main interest to me in this second episode of season two.
Ravi asks Major if he will come with him to a club and watch him while he doses some Utopium since that drug is part of the cure of being a zombie. However, once things get going at the club, Major decides to partake in a dose of Utopium for himself and by episodes end it is clear he is addicted. Their is a sweet moment where you think that Major and Liv are kosher again when a clubgoer calls Liv as Major's emergency contact because he is passed out at the club. It is sweet to see Liv nurse him back to health, but it is short lived. Or at the very least it is not remembered by Major. At this point though, you are not so much hoping they get back together but rather just be amicable to each other for the good of the narrative.
Blaine is still out to regain control of Seattle and pays a visit to the District Attorney, a zombie himself and pronounces that he wants to go after Mr. Boss. Although they do not show who he is, they make it clear that he runs pretty much everything zombie related in the Emerald City. Mr. Boss has cops and judges in his pockets but you cannot help but believe Blaine when he says he is going to do something. He has this air of confidence that just makes you believe in him no matter the size of the task. We learn a little more about Blaine's backstory when we meet his wealthy father that has a mountain of resentment for his son. Blaine's father, like the viewer, sees his potential that he can do anything he wants but is tired of writing checks for his new get rich quick schemes. It also seems that Blaine turned his Dad when he first became a zombie years earlier at an undisclosed time. They lob verbal barbs back and forth before Blaine bills his father for half a million dollars as start up money to take down Mr. Boss, zombie king of Seattle.
Still, it is Liv that comes out as the winner in this episode as the frat brother in a society where sexual and violent pranks are the norm in Greek life. But Liv is able to take the Beer Pong mainstream culture and turn it on its head making it look ridiculous as she goes shot for shot with even the biggest drinkers of the frat. Liv is so damn lovable, it is as if you would rather have her in your fraternity than be in any sorority. She's cooler than any of the brothers while under the influence of frat brains from the victim. While this is another "one and done" episode, it does manage to lay some new subplots for the future: Blaine's new enterprises, Major quickly getting addicted to Utopium, etc. All of this has to be filed away for ravenous viewers to remember now that we have our first full season of the show ahead of us. I honestly sometimes wish that iZombie was like Daredevil where I can consume the entire season in a weekend's time. But then it would be over right away and like brains, it's the smaller bites that are giving us the most to reflect upon.