iZombie: Return of the Dead Guy Review
The CW’s iZombie: Season 3, Episode 10: ‘Return of the Dead Guy’ has proven that much of the conflict this season has been between humans and zombies as we inch closer to zombies being discovered by the public. It’s pretty much clear that we are about to get a big reveal as Stacey Boss (Eddie Jemison) finds out about zombies and partners up with former business associate Blaine (David Anders) in the brains trade. Even the zombie truthers are planning to expose the existence of zombies after capturing Don E (Bryce Hodgson). These are big moments that feel like a finale even though there’s still a few episodes left in the season.
Let’s first address the fact that Ravi (Rahul Kohli) is in dangerous territory after going undercover as a member of the zombie truthers. Based on what we saw, it seems like he is willing to sacrifice his life for his friends. Its really uncomfortable seeing Ravi in a place out of his element. We see him more as a man of science when he’s at the morgue, but seeing him infiltrating a zombie-hate group is just as shocking. Don E. was also in a tight spot with him being tied up to be killed live on the Internet. He did bring some humor to this dangerous situation as he is still under the influence of a war veteran’s brains. With Liv (Rose McIver) and Blaine on the way, there may be some hope for Ravi to get out of this mess.
Surprisingly, Blaine would be the last person you would call for help. However, Ravi seems to trust him enough to help him out and even get Liv to help out. It was pretty funny to see both of these enemies team up and go into full zombie mode together with some motivation on both their parts. Blaine’s whole exchange with Stacey Boss was entertaining. Even though he tries to scare Stacey with his zombie face, he tries to make things light in this situation. Boss is just as skeptical as Blaine’s father was when they discover that Blaine is still alive and kicking. It’s as if there’s no way of putting Blaine down for good on this show.
What was great about the episode was that they were finally able to address the guilt that Liv felt after killing her ex-boyfriend Drake (Greg Finley) last season. We didn’t get to see how much of an impact Drake’s death had on Liv, so this episode definitely went into that with the help of a dead man’s brain. There wasn’t any mention of him since the season premiere, but Liv was able to confront it with the personality that she inhabited. Despite being a hallucination, Liv was able to make peace with Drake’s death before she can move on. As a ghost, Greg’s return was a great treat to have. He had some of the best dialogue in the episode and made some great references to ghosts being portrayed in pop culture.
The relationships are still becoming a big problem this season. Liv’s chemistry with Justin (Tongayi Chirisa) still needs some work. They have already rushed into things by sleeping together without trying to get to know one another first. We did only see them start dating in last week’s episode, but it’s still not enough to craft a great relationship between two characters. Even Major (Robert Buckley) has some work to do on that department. He seems to be rushing things as well with his new admirer Shawna. There are some things that we don’t know about her, so she feels more of a mystery to us. Major is still making some bad choices, which is something he should be avoiding after everything that has happened to him. He has some great people to support him, but Major is repeatedly going back to being the dumb character that we saw in the beginning of the series. He even ignored helping Ravi when he was trying to ask for his help in dealing with the zombie truthers.
One of the funniest scenes we got to see was with Liv and Peyton (Aly Michalka) when they role-play in order for Liv to trigger her visions of Peyton’s dead client. It did tie up some loose ends on the Dominatrix case that has been the focal point for the past few episodes. Seeing Peyton in her dominatrix get-up was a delight to watch even though it was a little silly. We already know that Weckler killed the dominatrix. It was also no surprise that Weckler didn’t kill himself and that the guard killed him to make it look that way. It was a shock to find out that the guard was dead not long after that. It seems there is a conspiracy going on here, so we can expect Peyton to become more prominent in the last three episodes leading to the finale. The biggest twist we got out of that was Weckler’s daughter turning out to be a zombie. It will be interesting to see what more developments we get out of the Weckler case and these zombie killings.
As we inch closer to the season finale, this week’s installment offered some pretty big developments that will change up the season. It feels like we may get even more shocking revelations as the season goes all out with the humans versus zombie conflict as well as the Weckler case. D-Day is coming quickly than we expected, so everyone’s lives will be at stake. Having the episode end on a cliffhanger will turn some heads but it will leave fans wanting more.
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