In the tenth episode of the second season ofÂ iZombie, THIS EPISODE RULES. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ iZombie.
THESIS: THIS EPISODE IS GLORIOUSLY ENTERTAINING AND KINDA UPLIFTING.
Look, the fact that this showâ€™s writers thought it was worth it to basically make fun of the entire CW lineup is HILARIOUS to me. Intentional or not, it was easy to see â€œMethod Headâ€ as a brilliant send-up of modern genre televisionÂ andÂ the very network thatÂ iZombieÂ aired on. From the rant Ravi gives about how brainlessÂ Zombie HighÂ is (GET IT? BRAINLESS??? I crack myself up), to the criticism of method acting on a fairly subpar television show, to Livâ€™s enthusiasm over said subpar show, TO THE INCREDIBLE JOKE ABOUT FILMING IN LOCATIONS THAT ARE VERY OBVIOUSLY NOT THE ACTUAL LOCATIONS IN THE SHOW, â€œMethod Headâ€ is honestly one of the best parodies/satires that this show has done. I love it so much.
Liv / Major
As awkward as the first half of this episode is (SOUL-CRUSHINGLY AWKWARD), I appreciated that the writers did not focus on that awkwardness. Itâ€™s incidental, but Liv and Major move past it. Weâ€™re given multiple scenes in which they hang out and itâ€™sÂ notÂ the most uncomfortable thing weâ€™ve ever seen. Granted, I imagine Major must be worried about his eventual turn back into a zombieÂ andÂ the tragedy of the timing of this revelationÂ andÂ his work, but you know what? They all find ways to move on.
Liv / Babineaux
And the same goes for this plot! Yes, my entire soul wanted to evaporate out of my body once Babineaux told Liv to send him an email about her visions (WHICHâ€¦ DO YOU REALLY WANT THAT ON THE EMAIL SERVER, SIR), but the writers find a way to make Liv deal with the repercussions of her actions without turning â€œMethod Headâ€ into her suffering the entire time. Babineaux comes to recognize Livâ€™s contribution to his work, and Liv really knocks it out of the park here. Her knowledge ofÂ Zombie High, combined with the brain of a method actor, allows her to KILL IT with Babineaux.
Also: watching her be excited about a TV show is really endearing.
Since his sobriety, Major hasÂ alsoÂ been doing his best work. Itâ€™s fascinating to watch his focus hone in on how best to thwart what Vaughn is doing at Max Rager, and that includes figuring out that Vaughn is trying to test him BY PLANTING A BUG IN HIS FITBIT. OH MY GOD. You realize that itâ€™s only a matter of time before he overhears something that reveals Livâ€™s roommate for who she really is, right??? RIGHT???
So, Iâ€™m assuming heâ€™s recording all these conversations, and itâ€™s going to be used against him but likeâ€¦ how could anyone believe it? I know Iâ€™m already thinking way, way ahead of where the story is, but shit is about to goÂ downÂ on this show, and Iâ€™m wondering just how farÂ iZombieÂ is going to take it.
Blaine and John Deaux
IÂ haveÂ to think of that because Dale just figured out that Blaine is her major Meat Cute suspect, and that means itâ€™s only a matter of time before the FBI comes crashing down on Blaineâ€™s enterprise. Is he bothered by this? Heâ€™s a resilient, cunning person, so I imagine that much like the sequence where he gets the yellow cooler taken out of Daleâ€™s sight, heâ€™ll find some way to avoid her suspicion. But what theÂ hell, yâ€™all??? HOW IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN? Actually, maybe I should be asking another question: Will the show protect Blaine, or is his time about to be up? I LOVE THAT Iâ€™M THINKING OF THESE THINGS.
Babineaux + Food
Gods all bless all those little moments. This show is a national treasure.
The video for â€œMethod Headâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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