Monday, December 14, 2015

What I’m Watching: iZombie

iZombie: Season 2, Episode 9 “Cape Town” (B)

This show caught the holiday bug and felt like it needed to follow up on the apparent requirement of seasonally themed programming, featuring costumed superheroes in its jolliest and silliest version of a celebration. Don’t get me wrong - there were definitely great moments of this episode, like Liv delivering a handful of speeches about good and evil and what she must do to defend the world, and her bold attempt to wear a mask and take on an army of thugs not realizing that the woman she thought was rescuing was actually the most dangerous of them all. What I liked about all that was who it was who saved her: Eddie Jemison’s Stacey Boss, who had the perfect cover story that got him pardoned for shooting an enemy and also got him off in general while he cleaned up an ugly mess. It’s disconcerting to see Liv be hot and cold in response to Major and the generally big gestures he’s making to try to work with Liv’s varying moods caused by the brains and her normal state of being. Breaking up with Major was a miserable outcome, and it comes at a time that he’s already feeling pulled away because of a sympathetic encounter with a zombie who just wanted to die and could therefore help fulfill Major’s quota. Hearing him explain to her why he does what he does and why he could never tell Liv was very endearing, but there’s no way that it can work out well for either of them when the truth finally comes out.

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