iZombie: Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother Review
The CW’s iZombie: Season 3, Episode 1: Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother started the new season immediately (well, only 2.8 minutes) after the second season ended with Vivian (Andrea Savage) and her group of zombie soldiers making their entrance. After so much has happened during season two’s season finale, especially with Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) finding out the truth, the show was wise not to do a time jump and instead show the aftermath of the attack on Max Rager and the new questions that would come up.
Vivian is becoming an interesting addition to the story. It appears that she is deeply invested in the survival of the zombie race, but there are some concerns about that her plans for the humans are once D-Day happens. Having Major (Robert Buckley) joining Vivian’s company Fillmore Graves towards the end of the premiere does set up a potential conflict between Major and Liv (Rose McIver). Seeing that Major can’t escape from being called the Chaos Killer was covered through most of the first half of the premiere, the episode did determine that he was already feeling hate from the community, causing him to accept Vivian’s protection.
The episode also started this whole panic mode with the public as rumors of zombies living among them start creeping up. This particularly affected Clive after finding out the family he knew were murdered because they were labeled as zombies. Having zombies become targets of hate resulting in violence among the human community is a good concept to explore. It does have to be handled with care, but certainly the writers know what they are doing after delivering stellar storylines for the past two seasons.
The subplot involving Peyton (Aly Michalka) and Blaine (David Anders) doesn’t feel as connected with the main storyline, but hopefully it will in time. It is great that Aly Michalka has been added to the main cast as a series regular, so perhaps the writers have something big planned for her character this season. However, it is hard to see Ravi (Rahul Kohli) depressed after seeing his ex falling for another guy whom he despises. At least Ravi knows what he’s feeling and not letting that affect his professional life.
The premiere did a good job suppressing Liv’s emotional state after having her kill Drake last season. Having her deal with this by using a soldier’s brain to push her emotions aside for a little while was a smart move. Just by letting her feel a little grief after the brains wore off made the process much more emotional for the character. It will be especially difficult once the public starts attacking zombies, so Liv will have to remain vigilant in saving the zombies.
Meanwhile, Blaine’s former partner Don E (Bryce Hodgson) starts making a move on his own by teaming up with Blaine’s old man Angus McDonough (Robert Knepper). It will be interesting to see what this unlikely pair will cook up as they start a business together to compete against Blaine. The show does manage to address some things that were left unsolved last season, like the search for Natalie and the return of Chuck Burd (Aaron Douglas) who starts the citywide panic of the existence of zombies in Seattle.
iZombie’s third season premiere got off to a great start by changing the dynamic of the show with much of the story surrounding Fillmore Graves. Despite Vivian’s best intentions for zombie kind, there’s still some mystery around her character since we don’t know what her big plans are for Liv. With Major accepting Vivian’s hospitality, it will certainly create a divide between him and Liv as they may soon end up in opposite sides of this zombie versus human situation. Clive’s path for vengeance will be a journey that viewers will definitely dive into as we explore how Clive takes in this new world.
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