iZombie: Eat, Pray, Liv Review
The CW’s iZombie: Season 3, Episode 3: ‘Eat, Pray, Liv’ had it’s work cut out with so many subplots running around, but it all proved useful for some good character development. Major (Robert Buckley) had suffered a serious blow after finding out a brain he has eaten has given him not a lot of time left for him to live. Both Major and Blaine’s (David Anders) storylines managed to intertwine with each other, as both them were commonly linked to Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) new cure, which could save Major without losing his memories but it could also be fatal.
Ravi hasn’t been much of a focus on the show as much, so it’s kind of a bummer that his storyline had to revolve around confronting his feelings for Peyton (Aly Michalka). However, things got much more tense regarding their relationship. Liv (Rose McIver) reminding Ravi to confront his feelings for her was a wake-up call for him. Ravi also gave a good reminder of all the horrible deeds that Blaine has committed, making sure that no one forgot what he has done to them. Blaine’s amnesia is just a way to keep the character around long enough before he becomes a villain again. The only problem is with such a good character; writers tend to change the character a bit too much and end up becoming a shadow of their former self.
David Anders’ portrayal as Blaine has been a true highlight of the show, but let’s not forget that he did try to kill people for his own benefit. It will be a mystery as to whether Blaine reverts back to his original self after he takes the new cure. He probably won’t change overnight, but at least the writers have made something really interesting here with his character this season.
Ravi and Peyton’s relationship certainly took a turn for the worse when Ravi messes up once Peyton goes back to him. It did feel a little melodramatic once Peyton finds Ravi already moving on with his old boss Katty (Christina Cox), but it does give viewers a shimmer of hope that perhaps Ravi will realize how much of a fool he was for sabotaging his chances to get back together with Peyton.
The interaction between Don E. (Bryce Hodgson) and Angus (Robert Knepper) was fun to watch. It was even more enjoyable seeing Angus confronting Blaine, despite him not remembering that he is his father. Ever since Don E and Angue teamed up, it became one of the best pairings we’ve seen as we see them two sparring as they try to make their new partnership work. We don’t know how long Angus will be sticking around, but having him on the show has been a delight to say the least.
Even though we haven’t touched on the brain of the week, there were some interesting moments after Liv devoured the brain of a zen guru. There was so much going on in the episode that Liv’s brain-inducing misadventures was pushed to the side. It’s understandable not everything can be about Liv living as a zombie, but season two proved that there are other storylines that work just as well with Liv’s contant struggle of being the undead.
Overall, even though Liv was on zen brains for a bit, we did get some great memorable scenes from our other characters like Blaine, who had to face his past. Even Ravi had his moment when he messed things up with Peyton. iZombie continues to stride with it’s characters as the writers keep the viewers engaged in their stories without leaving the leading lady out of the picture.
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