In the twelfth episode of the second season ofÂ iZombie, THIS SHOW IS TOO MUCH. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ iZombie.
One of the (many) things that I love about the second season of this show is that the complex serialized story allows for so many more twists and turns that are believable and exciting. Because the lives of Mr. Boss, Liv, Blaine, Major, Vaughn, Babineaux, and Ravi are so intricately tied in with one another, the writers have an incredible tapestry to play with. More so than the first season, weâ€™re getting an in-depth look at how zombies are affecting Seattle, from crime to wealth to access. AND ITâ€™S ALL SO FASCINATING. That kind of depth makesÂ iZombieÂ a dynamic show, able to talk about multiple things without feeling stale or like it doesnâ€™t know what kind of story it wants to tell. I never get the sense that itâ€™s aimless, you know? We can delve into things like making fun of theÂ Fifty ShadesÂ phenomenon or how bizarre our social media obsession is, but that doesnâ€™t meanÂ iZombieÂ doesnâ€™t have a solid backbone of a story.
LETâ€™S TALK ABOUT THAT STORY.
The reason I wanted to open this review as I did is because the way each of these plots can collide with one another in unexpected ways. Mr. Bossâ€™s retaliation against whomever is trying to have him ruined had an unintended consequence: it exposed Baracus as a zombie, despite that Major lied to Vaughn about him. Now, I have no reason to believe that Mr. Boss knows about zombies; heâ€™s just trying to run his crime syndicate without any trouble! But thatâ€™s what makes this feel realistic, despite that itâ€™s all ridiculous. The zombie crime world is rubbing up against the human crime world, and itâ€™s gettingÂ ugly.
So Major is stuck, yet again, and it frightens me. INEVITABILITY, Yâ€™ALL. How many more complications will he be given? How long until Vaughnâ€™s security expert follows Major to that storage unit and discovers what heâ€™s been doing with all the zombies heâ€™s been â€œkillingâ€? At the very least, Major is offering these zombies a chance at a second life, one that might contain a cure, and heâ€™s placating Vaughn in the process. Well,Â sort ofÂ placating him. Jesus, the guy is just so unrepentantly awful, yâ€™all, and that goes for Gilda, too. Killing people who make bad reviews on Twitter? WHAT IS WRONG WITH VAUGHN?
Oh god, we all know. And Iâ€™m fully expecting him to get worse.
Right at the height of his ascent, Blaine is dealt an ironic blow, and yâ€™all, YOU BETTER BELIEVE I WAS CONVINCED THAT MR. BOSS WAS THERE TO CONFRONT HIM ABOUT HIS REAL BUSINESS. Holy shit, can we acknowledge once more that Eddie Jemison is the perfect Stacey Boss? I canâ€™t deal with him; his mere appearance onscreen sends shivers through me.
And for good reason! Because now Mr. Boss is in Blaineâ€™s life in an entirely new way, one that makes Blaineâ€™s takeover infinitely more difficult. Howâ€™s he gonna plot this coup while Mr. Bossâ€™s henchmen are visiting him every two weeks? Not that I feel bad for Blaine, of course. But thereâ€™s that creeping inevitability again. What if Mr. Boss finds out about Blaine? What if he discoversÂ zombies? He unknowingly stepped into Majorâ€™s territory with the copycat killing. WhatÂ next?
Liv / Drake
AND LIV UNKNOWINGLY STEPPED RIGHT BACK INTO BLAINEâ€™S WORLD, TOO. So much of her trust issues around Drake are due to her worry that sheâ€™s bit off more than she can chew (HA!), and I donâ€™t blame her for being reluctant with Drake. If anything, itâ€™s smart of her to consider the implications of her dating someone new. Of course, if we could have a version of Drake without his attachment to Blaine, things would be a lot easier. Heâ€™s charming and nice and HIS MOTHER IS THE FUNNIEST SIDE CHARACTER INTRODUCED IN THIS SHOW. Oh my god, she came out ofÂ nowhere.
Alas, this canâ€™t end well. I honestly donâ€™t see Drake surviving this season.
Ravi / Peyton
AHHHHHHH, THEY HAVE SO MUCH CHEMISTRY AND I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THE TWO OF THEM AND ITâ€™S ALL SO UNFAIR. On the one hand, I reallyÂ doÂ want her to get out of this mess because I donâ€™t trust Mr. Boss or Blaine. Either one of them could turn on her in a second, especially after she dumped Blaine to the curb. (With Livâ€™s help! WHAT A GLORIOUS SCENE.) But this is what Peytonâ€™s good at, and she also needs her own place. So the show leaves me conflicted, wanting two opposing things for her, and that puts Ravi in a sad place, since itâ€™s clear he hasnâ€™t gotten over her.
Basically, I want everyone to be okay, and Iâ€™m worried thatâ€™s not going to be the case. Also, they should all get puppies. And me. Mostly me. Okay, just me.
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