In the eleventh episode of the second season ofÂ iZombie, I WASNâ€™T READY. NO ONE WAS. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ iZombie.
Trigger Warning: For extensive talk of sex and consent.
Oh my god OH MY GOD, IT ALL ESCALATED SO MUCH.
This show is really turning into tension built on inevitability. IT IS, Yâ€™ALL. There are a ton of serialized plots unfolding over the course of this season, and each of them derive their tension from threat that the inevitable will eventually happen. Iâ€™ll start with Majorâ€™s plot first, because itâ€™s a great example of this. I didnâ€™t even address the fact that Dale mentioned that theyâ€™d be turning on the GPS tracker that Minor wore in the last episode. AND HERE, THAT INEVITABILITY BECOMES UNBEARABLE. Itâ€™s honestly one of the more intense sequences this season because Major gets so close to being discovered as the Chaos Killer. Yes, I mentioned how focused Major was post-sobriety, but heâ€™s also been rather sloppy with this one detail. Heâ€™s been parading around the victimâ€™s dog! Â Even worse, he wasnâ€™t exactly subtle here, given that he left upon news of the tracker, and then behaved bizarrely when Ravi asked about Minor.
So even though this one loose end was tied up, it sort of wasnâ€™t. It was replaced by a new inevitability: Ravi is too suspicious. How much longer until he figures out what his roommate has been up to?
Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
First of all, BRAVO FOR THAT TITLE. Bravo!!! Yet again, this show skewers something lovingly and with wit, and I WILL FOREVER THANKÂ IZOMBIEÂ FOR GIVING ME KRISTEN BELL READING SMUT. DID I KNOW I NEEDED IT? NO. AM I BETTER PERSON BECAUSE OF IT?Â YES. However, through this tale of jealousy and resentment, the writers find a way to address the complications of sex and sexual desire. Graceâ€™s story is so tragic because her work did notÂ actuallyÂ harm anyone. Muriel was jealous of the attention that Grace got, and she resented that Grace was getting popular off something she considered disgusting and gross. Even worse, though, was Graceâ€™s husband, who projected his own issues on his wife and then MURDERED HER BECAUSE OF IT. He claimed that she didnâ€™t care about him, but Iâ€™d argue that it was most certainly the other way around.
So I saw a parallel in Peyton and Blaine, since she comes to realize that Blaine most likely manipulated her into having sex. Maybe he was genuinely attracted to her, and she was clearly attracted to him. But she canâ€™t un-know what she discovers from Liv at the end of this episode, and itâ€™s so fucking tragic and upsetting. How can she trust anything else heâ€™s ever done or said? Yeah, he might have been telling the truth about Stacey Boss, but thatâ€™sÂ it. And even that was done to advance himself, not to do something good for the world! Now, Peytonâ€™s granted immunity to someone who used that to cover for his monstrous crimes. Thatâ€™s why I pointed out during the video that if you could see Blaine without his past attached to him, he would be charming.Â But you cannot divorce him from what heâ€™s done. Peyton did that by mistake, and itâ€™s not like I blame her for that. If someone like Blaine came into your life, handed you all the answers you needed for your job, and treated you with respect and humor, youâ€™d probably begin to develop some sort of feelings for him.
I just hurt a lot for Peyton. Itâ€™s easy to judge her from a distance, but itâ€™s not fair. She had limited information because Blaine is a liar and a manipulator. Itâ€™s what he does. So I was really happy that Liv treated Peyton as she deserved to be treated: with empathy and support. Sheâ€™s gonna need a lot of it in the future, too, becauseâ€¦ well, she canâ€™t stop working with Blaine, can she? Sheâ€™s built an entire case against Mr. Boss with him! Oh my god, this is going to be unbearable, and thatâ€™s what I mean by inevitability. She cannot avoid him; she cannot see him without knowing what heâ€™s done. Their next interaction is going to beÂ brutal. And what of Blaine??? He now knows that the FBI and the Seattle PD have a case against him, and, armed with this knowledge, heâ€™ll be able to further protect himself.
What a disaster, yâ€™all. HOW DID THIS ALL HAPPEN IN ONE EPISODE??? I didnâ€™t even talk about Liv and Drake hooking up yet. But hey, at least thereâ€™s a positive there: they both openly spoke about consent and brain-influenced sex, which is pretty fucking cool. Iâ€™m glad that it happens because itâ€™s an interesting case! If brains make a person behave differently while on them, can theyÂ trulyÂ give consent? Liv says that in this instance, she canâ€™t. Itâ€™s too creepy because her brains might be affecting her judgment to a degree sheâ€™s not comfortable with. Now, sheâ€™s still allowed to regret sex with Drake whileÂ offÂ brains, and Iâ€™m interested to see the ramifications of this.
This episode was A Lot, yâ€™all. A LOT.
The video for â€œFifty Shades of Grey Matterâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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