Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What I’m Watching: iZombie (Season Finale)

iZombie: Season 2, Episode 18 and 19 “Dead Beat” and “Salivation Army” (B+)

This season was much longer than season one, increasing from 13 episodes to 19, but I still wish there was more of it. Fortunately, this series was already renewed as part of CW’s network-wide endorsement of its programs, and based on how the finale ended, I’m very eager to see how the show will be different when it returns. There were a number of crucial developments in these two episodes, and enough villains are dead that things have to be substantially transformed simply because the same threats don’t exist. It’s impressive that Liv made it almost two seasons without revealing her true self to Clive, and he didn’t buy it when she finally spilled the beans until she stabbed herself and then pulled the knife out with no problem. There wasn’t much time to think, and fortunately Major survived after his idiotic lawyer, played by the always entertaining Ken Marino, failed to give him the energy bar Peyton delivered. Blaine is no longer a bad guy, now officially the knight in shining armor after she was kidnapped by Boss’ guys, much to Ravi’s disappointment since he too was pining for Peyton. With Blaine’s henchmen and Boss’ team out of the picture, it will be interesting to see what role Blaine plays, although the world has definitely changed in a big way. I’m beyond thrilled to see Andrea Savage from “Episodes” as Vivian Stoll, the military powerhouse who was hanging out and chewing on a brain waiting to meet Liv and tell her the war has started. Vaughn’s death was appropriately gruesome, and though Rita didn’t make it, Major managed to be a true hero in that moment. Drake’s death was tragic but at least we know that he sacrificed himself so that no one else would be hurt. This was a pretty cool double-decker finale, a fantastic capper to a great season that has solidified this show as one of the most consistent and enjoyable on TV.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Rose McIver

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