The CW’s iZombie Brother, Can You Spare a Brain? TV Show Review. iZombie: Season 1, Episode 2: Brother, Can You Spare a Brain? continues to bring on the charm with it’s blend of gore, crime, and the supernatural. Rose McIver continues to exceed expectations with her character as she brings the undead Liv to life, and it continues to be a challenge as we see her grow. It’s great to see Liv still showing human emotions despite being a zombie.
This week’s episode followed the case of the week format as Liv and Clive solve the case of a dead painter. As we see the case getting solved, it’s good to see the development of the primary cast of McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, and Rahul Kohli as the trio work as a team. All three of these entertainers bring in some great chemistry that easily shows how well they get along.
The case during the episode took an interesting turn as Liv gained some new abilities from Javier’s brains, which helped solve the murder. It was hilarious seeing Liv being flirtatious and finding inspiration to take up painting. Liv managed to learn more about herself despite temporarily given the ability to open her heart more and appreciating the art of life.
The only problem that the show might face is the whole psychic angle because we don’t know how long Liv is going to keep up this lie. Clive seems like a pretty smart detective so he may put two and two together and discover this ruse. Clive may certainly be an accepting person if he finds out because despite Liv’s condition, she certainly gives him results. It’s only a matter of time before Clive finds out Liv’s secret, but it’s only the beginning so hopefully this topic turns up. For now, it’s good to see Clive’s mocking Liv of her extraordinary gifts and always having those confused looks when Liv does something crazy.
The episode introduced our antagonist in the form of Blaine DeBeers. David Anders portrays this villain with finesse, especially playing a bad guy who pretends to be the good guy. We can hate Blaine, but his alluring personality certainly drew us in making us believe for a second that he was nice. It’s good that as we have cases for every episode, we will certainly have the arc involving Blaine’s murdering spree that will overlap in the next few episodes. As Blaine is busy creating his zombie army, we can expect Liv to catch on to his plans and put a stop to it. Liv didn’t fall for Blaine’s tricks which is a good thing. She is definitely someone Blaine has to look out for as she is someone he shouldn’t mess with.
In Liv’s personal life, she tried to go after Major (Robert Buckley) due to the side effects of the brains she’s eaten, but it failed putting a strain on their already broken relationship. It’s surprising that the woman that Major was seeing in the first episode wasn’t mentioned. No one said that Major had a girlfriend but it was implied, so it felt pretty strange that this was never brought up.
The second episode of iZombie brings in a combination of the supernatural with some reality. The episode had some darker tones, but it never felt dreary in the slightest. Adding Blaine to the mix brings in more to look forward to and the main cast seems to be comfortable with each other. The episode continuously brought us in like a virus spreading and will keep on doing that for sure.
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