The CW’s iZombie Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be TV Show Review. iZombie: Season 2, Episode 17: Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be has been structuring a web of secrets, lies, and even amnesia with it’s characters this season. This week’s episode has started tying some plots together as we are about the reach the season finale next week.
The highlight of tonight’s episode ‘Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be’ doesn’t go to Liv (Rose McIver), but instead to Major (Robert Buckley). We pretty much left off from where we ended things last week, when Ravi (Rahul Kohli) found out that Major is the Chaos Killer and he has turned back into a zombie. After all that went down, Major finally revealed to Ravi that he hasn’t been killing his victims, but he was freezing them to keep them alive. This has all been a plan in order to keep Liv safe from Max Rager. Even though it was noble of Major for what he’s doing to keep those close to him safe from harm, it also shows how naïve his plan was and that he could’ve told them the truth in the first place rather than put them all in more danger. This also puts Ravi in the spotlight, as he must find a cure quickly before the company exposes Major.
Major also makes Ravi not tell Liv what he’s up to, worried that if she finds out, she will go after Max Rager CEO Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber) herself and end up getting killed in the process. This makes us believe that Liv can’t handle herself, but the truth is, she can. Ever since we’ve known Liv on this show, she is capable of solving problems with all these cases she’s been working on, so she can even stop an evil CEO from getting what he wants.
Liv can also make the choice of helping Major in his time of need. Major already knows how potential treacherous keeping secrets can be. Major was the one kept in the dark about Liv’s secret last season, so it has become the other way around as he does the same to Liv. Even Ravi mentions this, but the two friends decided to keep Liv out of their problems. This secret won’t stay hidden long once Liv finds out, perhaps during the two-hour season finale next week. Plus, Major gets himself arrested after being outed as the Chaos Killer, so it will be a matter of time before he’s also exposed as a zombie to the Feds. It’s too bad since he and Ravi were going to match a plan to turn Vaughn into a zombie to test the cure.
Another problem on the horizon is Blaine’s (David Anders) memory loss after he took the second version of the cure from Ravi. Major and Ravi put up a good point that Blaine may just be faking it, but it’s also possible that he’s actually lost his memory as a side effect of the cure. If it is all a ploy, it will be hard to imagine what the reason behind this would be and how this benefits Blaine. While Blaine is still in a confused state, his henchmen are now running the Utopium business. With Blaine not remembering his deal with Peyton (Aly Michalka) to take down Mr. Boss, our favorite bad boy may end up leaving in cuffs. It will be strange seeing Blaine as a different character if he remains this way before the season’s over.
Du Clark has finally shown his true colors in the episode after we find out that he has kept his zombified daughter Gilda (Leanne Lapp) locked in the company basement. Of course he promised her that he would find a cure to the zombie infestation, as soon as he launches Super Max Rager. Gilda doesn’t believe him, she is still angry at his betrayal. Hopefully we see her end up helping Liv if she finds her way out of this.
With Du Clark working on a cure, this could have him collide with Ravi, who is also working on a cure. This could mean trouble for Ravi if Du Clark finds out about him, which would force him to make some drastic measures. Just like Major, Du Clark could force Ravi to work under him to find a cure. Ravi has a major part to play on the show, so having him switch sides can change the dynamic of the series. He can affect how humanity survives as the undead population rises.
This week’s case didn’t give much connection to the main storyline, but it did offer more insight into Detective Lou Benedetto (Enrico Colantoni). We still don’t know where Drake (Greg Finley) is, but we do learn that he has been running off-the-books operations using other CIs. He even tried to recruit Liv to go behind Clive’s (Malcolm Goodwin) back and work for him. Liv kept that a secret from him, which could affect their partnership in the future.
Overall, ‘Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be’ really belonged to Major as we find out how far he is willing to go to protect Liv and his friends. The case of the week felt weak and unnecessary, but the main storylines are slowly weaving together as we get into the two-hour season finale next week. Hopefully the season wraps up nicely as we find out where our characters will be once the season closes.
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