iZombie, Season 2 Episode 11: “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter”

I haven’t seen an episode of iZombie that I haven’t liked. The best episodes however, are those in which everything ties together thematically. The case of the week in this episode was okay, but it didn’t really have an impact on the characters, aside from Liv’s inappropriateness in the office, which was good fun. As we get to what was to be the season’s penultimate episode, there’s a lot going on, and the case of the week fades into the background. Blaine hasn’t been as prominent this season, but he’s the linchpin to how the season will unfold because he’s part of every storyline: the disappearances and investigation, Peyton’s case against Boss, and finding a cure for the zombie virus, especially now we know the current cure isn’t permanent.

There was a lot of sex in iZombie this week, partly because Liv ate horny librarian brains, but mostly because the characters on these shows are adults. While the show has never been conservative when it comes to the issue of sex, this week Peyton and possibly Liv come to regret their decisions. After hearing everything that Blaine has done, Peyton is horrified, because she liked him – she wouldn’t have slept with him if she didn’t. The nature of her job means that she wasn’t able to confide in her friends about Blaine, and it’s only after Clive and Dale arrest him that she gets an inkling of the kind of person he is. Sex and emotions get complicated, and the regret that Peyton feels is more complex than that she had sex. It’s about who she had sex with, and that’s a different thing. You can regret things for all kinds of reasons, and while this show doesn’t exactly explore that, it at least realises that everything is complicated. It’s a testament to the show that Peyton is such a well-written character, even though Aly Michalka isn’t a regular cast member. She has real emotional arcs, and her friendship with Liv is one of the cornerstones of the show, even when she’s not there. Liv doesn’t condemn her friend but comforts her, because she can only imagine how she must be feeling. Then Liv walks back to her room, having just slept with Drake. She knows that Drake works for Blaine, so he can’t be an all good guy, so we’ll just have to see how that works out.

The other main plot development of the week has Clive and Dale tracking down Minor, who has a GPS tracker in him, which makes sense because all of Blaine’s clients were wealthy. Major happens to get a hold of this information because he’s having dinner at the morgue with Liv and Ravi, and drinks some of the Maxx Rager SuperMaxx drink to run to the dog grooming place where he’s dropped off Minor. He gets Minor and puts him on a bus, and is really sad to see him go. Also sad is Ravi, who had brought some bones home for Minor. Major said the owner came around to collect him, but it’s a near thing. I don’t know how long it’s going to take before all of this unravels.

Other thoughts:

  • I’m so behind on my writing this week that I’m quickly typing up some notes I made 4 days ago.
  • I would watch a webseries called Dinner at the morgue with Liv and Ravi.
  • Blaine is guilty for a lot of things, but Major seems to have gone off Clive’s radar, which is interesting. Rob Thomas shows don’t shy away from consequences, so Major’s probably going to get arrested just after he and Liv get back together again.
  • Can we give Peyton something nice in her life?
  • I was thankful for the lack of Maxx Rager this week, it’s not my favourite part of the show.

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