Saturday, June 2, 2018

What I’m Watching: iZombie

iZombie: Season 4, Episode 13 “And He Shall Be a Good Man” (B)

There’s no denying that this episode felt a bit rushed at times, running to sum up a few plots that were out there and then hastily presenting admittedly great resolutions. Chase giving Clive, Ravi, and Peyton mere moments to say goodbye to Liv was cruel, and it became even more clear that he had become a dictator who wanted to use excessive force to subdue a mere hint of insurrection from anyone. It was a (preventable) shame that Levon had to die before Major burst in and Liv dove at just the right moment to ensure that Chase was the final victim of his guillotine, resolving a few problematic threads all at once. Ultimately, there were more sympathetic people who wanted to do the right thing than villains, and even those who don’t offer favor the moral route showed their softer sides. I was sure that Blaine was baiting his father to go out and get killed, but when he confessed that he had tried to feed his faith, his father didn’t want to listen and paid for it with his life. Major being in command of Fillmore Graves is a good idea, and employing Blaine and Don-E to work for him rather than against is also smart. Liv being applauded as the rebellion leader she was felt good, and I like how this episode ended, sending this show into its final season with a new, brighter world ahead. I could have done without Clive and Dale being so blatant about spanking and their sex lives during their own version of a shotgun wedding, but it was nice to see that Liv will remain undead as she gave her cure to Dale instead so that they could start a family. I didn’t love this season as much as years past, but I’m still eager to see it through to its end around this time next year. It deserves the chance to wrap up the way its creative minds want.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Rose McIver as Liv