In the tenth episode of the second season of iZombie, THIS EPISODE RULES. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch iZombie.
THESIS: THIS EPISODE IS GLORIOUSLY ENTERTAINING AND KINDA UPLIFTING.
Look, the fact that this show’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 “Method Head” as a brilliant send-up of modern genre television and the very network that iZombie aired on. From the rant Ravi gives about how brainless Zombie High is (GET IT? BRAINLESS??? I crack myself up), to the criticism of method acting on a fairly subpar television show, to Liv’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, “Method Head” 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. It’s incidental, but Liv and Major move past it. We’re given multiple scenes in which they hang out and it’s not the most uncomfortable thing we’ve ever seen. Granted, I imagine Major must be worried about his eventual turn back into a zombie and the tragedy of the timing of this revelation and 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 (WHICH… 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 “Method Head” into her suffering the entire time. Babineaux comes to recognize Liv’s contribution to his work, and Liv really knocks it out of the park here. Her knowledge of 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 has also been doing his best work. It’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 it’s only a matter of time before he overhears something that reveals Liv’s roommate for who she really is, right??? RIGHT???
So, I’m assuming he’s recording all these conversations, and it’s going to be used against him but like… how could anyone believe it? I know I’m already thinking way, way ahead of where the story is, but shit is about to go down on this show, and I’m wondering just how far iZombie is going to take it.
Blaine and John Deaux
I have to think of that because Dale just figured out that Blaine is her major Meat Cute suspect, and that means it’s only a matter of time before the FBI comes crashing down on Blaine’s enterprise. Is he bothered by this? He’s a resilient, cunning person, so I imagine that much like the sequence where he gets the yellow cooler taken out of Dale’s sight, he’ll find some way to avoid her suspicion. But what the hell, y’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 I’M THINKING OF THESE THINGS.
Babineaux + Food
Gods all bless all those little moments. This show is a national treasure.
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