In the seventeenth episode of the second season ofÂ iZombie, this show will forever be too much. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ iZombie.Â
Holy shit, these last two episodes are going to destroy me, arenâ€™t they?
All right, Iâ€™m gonna vote that Blaine is truly amnesiac. Hereâ€™s my evidence: when other characters leave him alone and no one is there to watch him, heâ€™s still confused. His mask doesnâ€™t drop. He is just as bewildered in front of people as he is by himself. Thereâ€™s no reason for him to stay in characterÂ thatÂ long.
And for what itâ€™s worth, this allows the show to reflect on the greater theme of â€œReflections of the Way Liv Used to Beâ€: what were people once like? How have these people grown and changed over the course of the show? By stripping Blaine of his memory, heâ€™s forced to see how everyone reacts to him without any context forÂ whyÂ he is so hated. Heâ€™s now a blank slate, and admittedly, heâ€™s aÂ niceÂ blank slate. Thatâ€™s utterly unlike the Blaine weâ€™ve come to know over the series, and the show doesnâ€™t hide that at all. WHICH I APPRECIATE BECAUSE SO MANY SHOWS TRY TO VALORIZE AWFUL WHITE MEN, and thisÂ deliberatelyÂ avoids that trope. Blaine has murdered people, tortured them, and ruined lives, and his amnesia doesnâ€™t erase the affect heâ€™s had on others.
I still donâ€™t know where this is going, yâ€™all. Thatâ€™s exciting.
Who Liv Used to Be
Weâ€™ve only seen brief flashes of that over the show, so it was a bit hard to re-imagine Liv Moore as the overachieving girl who is desperate for validation. At the same time, by the end of this episode, it was clear that Liv thinks sheâ€™s a better person than she used to be, which was so goddamn rewarding to see. After all sheâ€™s been through, sheâ€™s starting toÂ likeÂ herself, and yâ€™all. Yâ€™ALL. That means a lot to me!
Sure, there were positive aspects to who she used to be. She was brutally efficient and organized, but at what cost? She needed validation when she did these things, and while thereâ€™s nothing wrong with wanting to feel appreciated and noticed, Liv strays far into a compulsive need for that kind of attention. Does that do her any good? In the end, Liv sees how her need for praise got her to lie to Babineaux about Benedettoâ€™s informant program; her relationship with him is far more important than her need to be praised.
Perhaps the most pervasive theme in this episode concerns the truth. You can see that in Livâ€™s story, first of all, since she chooses to lie to Babineaux initially, but she sheds her â€œoldâ€ personality in favor of telling the truth. The life she has now â€“ one where she saves lives and gives people closure â€“ is way more rewarding than what she used to do. But itâ€™s that exact dynamic that Major uses to justify why Ravi should not tell Liv the truth about what Max Rager has done to him.
I donâ€™t know that I buy it, and I donâ€™t think the showâ€™s writers want us to, either. If anything, this episode is one giant example of howÂ notÂ telling the truth has led Major to an increasingly awful place. First of all: few people areÂ everÂ comforted by lying. IT IS FACT. Granted, RaviÂ understoodÂ why Major lied about Minor and the whole Chaos Killer thing, but thatâ€™s not the same as feeling like he was being protected. My guess? Liv is gonna be a whole lot more angry about Major lying to her for most of the year than if heâ€™d not done so.
But even if thatâ€™s not the case, thereâ€™s still another problem. How can any of themÂ protectÂ Major now? Dale has all the evidence she needs to charge Major, and itâ€™s not like the evidence is wrong. HeÂ isÂ the Chaos Killer. Plus, he canâ€™t just tell them the truth about being a zombie, right? Oh my god, there are so many problems presented by this. How will Major eat brains in time? Will Ravi have to tell Liv the truth? Iâ€™m guessing that Janko whispered the truth about Majorâ€™s storage shed into Vaughnâ€™s ear, so THAT whole thing is now a bust. They fucking know, donâ€™t they??? THEY WERE GONNA SHOW HIM GILDA AND THEN LIKEâ€¦ FEED HIM TO HER. OR SOMETHING, I DONâ€™T KNOW. Well, maybe not; they donâ€™t know heâ€™s back to being a zombie again.
Look, so much has happened, and Majorâ€™s arrest throws it all into chaos. In just two episodes, weâ€™ve got to resolve the Drake plot, the Mr. Boss plot, Blaineâ€™s amnesia, the possible cure (or not), Majorâ€™s arrestâ€¦ how much can the show escalate at this point? PROBABLY A LOT, Iâ€™M GUESSING. Yâ€™all, Iâ€™m out. I gotta watch another episode RIGHT NOW.
The video for â€œReflections on the Way Live Used to Beâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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