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TV Review: IZOMBIE: Season 2, Episode 8: The Hurt Stalker [The CW]

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The CW’s iZombie The Hurt Stalker TV Show Review. iZombie: Season 2, Episode 8: The Hurt Stalker showed a scarier side to Liv (Rose McIver) when she ingested the brains of a wedding planer who has insecurities for every relationship. This causes Liv to question Major’s (Robert Buckley) commitment to her in their relationship just as things were getting good between them. Even though most of her behavior was due to the brains she consumed, a part of her must’ve also doubt Major’s honesty. The two of them can’t be intimate, so Liv was probably worried that Major wanted something more out of their relationship since there’s restrictions to dating a zombie. We can understand Liv’s struggle in worrying that Major may go somewhere else to fulfill his sexual desires.

Major has been truthful to Liv for the most part, but he is still lying to her about his work with Max Rager. Liv has a sense that Major isn’t being entirely honest with her, and her suspicions have taken her down to a very dangerous place. Liv and Major still have some kinks to work out, but there’s also Major becoming this zombie killer that can really wreck his chances with Liv. The scenes that they shared in the episode was really heart breaking. Rose McIver does wonders playing the jealous girlfriend and her expressions when she was browsing through Major’s phone was very emotional.

As Liv gets closer to the truth, it’s only a matter of time before she finds out about Major’s side gig and his brief fling with her roommate Gilda (Leanne Lapp), who is also hiding the fact that she works for Max Rager. The writers were very clever in using the case of the week to connect this season’s arc. The show does a bang up job in finding ingenious ways to mix various plots together.

Sooner or later, Max Rager’s secrets are about to be exposed bringing this company down. CEO Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber) has already demonstrated how powerful and unpredictable to power of his latest product Super Max can be. It’s difficult to determine what Vaughn’s goals are in making Super Max other than to try and make loads of money off of it. We don’t know what his true motives are yet, but these little hints they we are getting in the episode really questions Vaughn’s character and makes him a lot more interesting in getting to know him.

A great development that the show was able to tackle was putting Liv in a situation where she had no access to brains. Seeing her in the slammer posed some danger to her and her inmates. We have to remember that she’s a zombie that was resourceful in getting brains to eat, and she never had to rely on Blaine (David Anders) to get her some. Seeing her without any brains was a struggle for her, which is something the show should really get into to make more gripping scenes for Liv. Seeing Liv on the verge to going full zombie was one of the big highlights in the episode.

This week’s case, however, was not so strong. The case did give us some more details on Clive’s (Malcolm Goodwin) past, but there wasn’t anything else besides that. We also got to see another side of the new chief we never saw, but it left much to be desired. The murder really put Clive in the spotlight, which should’ve really invested viewers. But, Clive wasn’t in any real danger of losing his job. It felt like we were really getting to know Clive in this case, but the stakes weren’t high enough to go more deeper into it.

‘The Hurt Stalker’ managed to combine the ongoing storyline with the case of the week, giving us a better idea of where we are heading towards for the season. The episode did get to focus on Clive a little bit, but we didn’t get to see him as much. Seeing him being mentioned or at least have him in more scenes would’ve given Clive a lot more to do. Hopefully this gives Liv and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) a chance to get to know Clive a little better in the near future.

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About the author

Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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