The CW’s iZombie Grumpy Old Liv TV Show Review. iZombie: Season 2, Episode 1: Grumpy Old Liv has put Liv (Rose McIver) into a dark place after what happened during last season’s big finale. Despite how that sounds, it’s actually a good thing. What sets iZombie apart from other zombie shows is the lightness of the content because it doesn’t get too serious. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the show can’t handle the drama when Liv deals with relationships and betrayals. Having nearly everyone close to Liv not able to forgive her was the realistic choice or else it wouldn’t be believable if Liv was in their good graces. It’s going to take time for her family and her friends to get over what’s going on with her, and we are okay with that as long as the story keeps moving forward.
The brain that Liv devours makes her grumpy and speaks her mind, which allowed Liv to get back to her life and let everything come into place. Rose McIver continues to do wonders with her character by maintaining Liv’s personality while tackling a new one at the same time. However, it would’ve been great to see a little more of Liv in this episode only because most of her behavior come from the brain she’s eaten. Plus, having this brain to start the new season may not have been a better choice to begin with.
Detective Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) still has his suspicions on Liv, so we are still waiting for him to start asking some questions. Hopefully keeping him in the dark won’t be the long plan, but once he’s in the loop, he can become part of Liv’s inner circle with Ravi (Rahul Kohli). Probably Clive won’t be as forgiving as Ravi since he has to rely on Liv so much and doesn’t question her judgment. Ravi is the only friend Liv has at the moment, which is good since no one is talking with her after the fallout last season. Ravi’s the only one who can support her at a time like this and give his honest opinion.
Most of what’s happened in season one pretty much carries into the season two premiere with many of the characters going in different directions. Blaine (David Anders) has found a new job in a funeral service, so having him human will cause he and Liv to have a different sort of relationship. David Anders owns every scene he’s in and completely draws us towards him. It’s obvious that he would never leave the zombie feeding business, so it’s natural to see him go back to his old ways after getting the cure.
Major’s (Robert Buckley) journey continues to baffle us. We first started to like him, but after the sticky situation he gets himself stuck into during the premiere, we don’t know how he will get out. Seeing Major struggle is what makes his character so compelling to watch because he has had the worse stroke of luck. He has both Clive and Max Rager CEO Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber) looking over his shoulder so Major must be careful now. What Blaine and Major have in common though is the side effects of the cure they took, where they have somehow become zombie detectors. That’s one thing these two guys can bond over.
So with Blaine not much of a threat, who will be going after Liv now? Look no further than Vaughn and Max Rager as the CEO plans on using Major to cover up those who have drank the energy drink and show signs of zombism, even it means killing them. Liv is on the list, so she better watch her back. That may also prove to be difficult as her new roommate is none other than Vaughn’s assistant, who is keeping a close eye on her for her boss. This would prove more of a danger for Liv and the rest of the zombies living in Seattle.
iZombie gets back into the flow with the second season premiere. The character’s chemistry with one another is perfect, it’s as if this cast have been friends for years. Adding to the perfect balance of humor and drama, the world of iZombie keeps getting bigger and the stakes are higher than ever before. The way that the characters interact with each other is what drives the story. The show continues to amaze us in ways we never thought possible.
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