Major’s first meal as a human: Ice cream with chocolate syrup and a packet of chips
This is your spoiler warning, hopefully it’s long enough that the facebook people don’t get spoiled.
Last week’s iZombie was one of the most emotionally devastating episodes of television I’ve seen this year, topped only by *that* episode of Jane the Virgin. Major believed he was going to permanently lose his memories when he took the zombie cure, and his last night with Liv was meaningful. iZombie emphasised story over plot, and this week they did the opposite. The episode was overstuffed, encompassing Major’s memory loss, Don E’s zombie client who wants a cure, Peyton and Blaine’s relationship and a pretty uninteresting case of the week.
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April begins tomorrow which means that the streaming services drop a minimum of eight titles each. When I was writing these up last year, the majority of Presto’s titles dropped on the first of the month. I got to make iZombie my top pick for the week, and I’ll see if I can include it again when Jason Dohring joins the show in Episode 8. I’ll need to at least watch the last three episodes of season 2 so I can remember what happened, other than Liv trying to get brains to Major while he was in jail, which involved Ken Marino as Major’s lawyer. Also there was the Rob Thomas joke that made sense to the show’s core audience and maybe a few Matchbox Twenty fans out there. Also I really love this poster.
She’s already dead.
Part 2 of Terrace House: Aloha State drops Tuesday night, so we’ll finally know why Naomi announced that she was leaving at the end of Episode 8. I’m enjoying Aloha State, but I think I prefer the version of the show that’s set in Japan, so I can look at all the food they’re eating.
In Netflix Originals, there’s 13 Reasons Why and Five Came Back. 13 Reasons Why has good reviews, so I’m looking forward to it. I had some misgivings when I read the synopsis, which I’ll hopefully write up in a full review of the show. Five Came Back is a docuseries based on a book by New York critic Mark Harris, who I follow on Twitter. He made a recent appearance on Gen Pop (Join the Patreon), and it sounds great. Meryl Streep is narrating, so she will probably be nominated for the Voice Over Emmy this year. I’m still annoyed Anthony Mendez hasn’t won it yet.
Robert Buckley. Image courtesy of The CW.
I’m almost guaranteed to like a piece of media that uses the Les Miserables soundtrack to end an episode in triumph. One of my favourite parts in season three of Orange Is the New Black was the prison guards singing ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ as they decided to unionise, and I similarly loved iZombie‘s use of ‘One Day More,’ as different groups of characters achieved small victories. For Blaine and Major it’s several days more, as Liv, Major and Ravi uncover the missing stock of tainted utopium. They needed that, now that New Hope has died. It’s lucky that Blaine and Major haven’t gone back to being zombies yet, and I’m wondering how much longer it will be until they do. At least they got some face to face time this week, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.
Wow, I got pretty slack towards the end of this week. Wednesday-Friday is the busiest part of my week, so that’s usually the period during which I don’t write anything. I meant to publish this yesterday, but it’s here now! I need to figure out a new publishing schedule, too. Everything is tying up nicely in the second season of iZombie, and “Physician, Heal Thy Selfie” still manages to have fun. This week Liv doesn’t get any psychic visions, because our corpses have been decapitated, so she can’t eat their brains. Luckily Ravi has some extra dead bodies lying around, and Liv eats the brain of a woman who was hit by a bus while posting something on social media. Elsewhere, both Blaine and Major appear to be in trouble with organised and corporate crime.
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.
This is going to be a short one, because I’ve kind of forgotten how to write recaps (I know I wrote one last week), and also because I went back to work this week and I’m pretty exhausted. “Method Head” isn’t the most meta episode of television I’ve ever seen – that title could go to any number of episodes of Community – but it was meta for iZombie. Liv and Clive’s relationship was fractured after the superhero incident, and in “Method Head” we get to see what it’s like when Liv isn’t working with Clive, but still manages to help him solve a Santa’s murder. Then when one of the stars of Zombie High, Liv’s favourite tv show, is shot on set, she does all but beg Clive to be let back on the case. Clive recognises that Liv really wants to be a part of this one, so he lets her in on the case on a day by day basis.
It’s December, and the thing the internet loves the most at this time of year is the end-of-year Best Of list, so they can disagree with them. This is my first time writing such a list, and it’s difficult. I thought about writing a separate list for Australian shows, but I don’t want to ghettoise them, so they’re in here too. There are things that aren’t on here because I don’t watch them (The Walking Dead, Hannibal) or haven’t had time to catch up (Transparent, The Leftovers, Parks and Recreation), so just know I haven’t forgotten them. I didn’t forget anything, there’s a reason I left it off. Fargo isn’t on here because while I thought it was very good, I didn’t love it – although Kirsten Dunst did give one of the best performances of the year. My favourite show of the year has the top spot, everything else is in alphabetical order. Hopefully the shows I’ve collected here are a good range of the different things I’m enjoying right now. Writing a Top 10 list is hard, and while I’m only super passionate about half to two-thirds of the shows on this list, they’re all here for a reason. I’ve written about all of these shows previously, so there’s just going to be a paragraph about why each one is there, with some links to some things I’ve written. My only warning is that if you watch the “Best episodes” of the show, you will be spoiled for some plot developments.