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iZombie Season 4 Episode 3: Brainless in Seattle Part 1 Review

If you would like to read my review of the last episode, click here.

Synopsis: Love is in the air after Liv eats the brains of a hopeless romantic, and she can’t stop herself from meddling in Clive’s relationship. Major and Liv continue to try to work through their differences. Meanwhile, Blaine is approached with an interesting offer. (TVGuide)

Writer: Heather V. Regnier

Director: Michael Wale 

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 42mins

iZombie is a seriously underrated show, and not enough people tune in to see the hilarious antics of the cast–namely Liv, played by the ever so talented Rose McIver. This week is part one of two parts that will focus on an aspect this show hasn’t ever dealt with–a serial killer. The episode begins with a man driving a girl into Seattle in an attempt to smuggle her in. On their way in, the man hands over a bribe to a Filmore Graves officer and takes her right in. However, we learn the young woman becomes a murder victim who is shot in the head and robbed for her most of her brains.

Luckily, there is just enough brain left for Liv to whip up a quick dessert and dive right into the psyche of the murder victim. What persona does Liv take on this week? A hopeless romantic. This provides for some hilarious moments as she swoons and falls in love with two different men over the course of the episode. Perhaps, even more, entertaining is the soundtrack that played throughout the episode, including Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deep”. Talk about an epic throwback!

Upon investigating, Clive finds out the victim’s name is Annie who was being smuggled into Seattle to meet someone named Alan Fox. This is the first guy Liv falls head over heels for due to her romance brain. Alan and Annie had met on an online “Bridget Jones” chat room and immediately fell for one another. However, he had advised her not to come to Seattle, but she failed to listen. Liv invites Alan out to the human/zombie night party at The Scratching Post in hopes of pursuing her “deep” feelings for him.

Meanwhile, Blaine faces the danger of having his establishments shut down unless he finds the mysterious Renegade that helps get people out of the city. Thus far, Blaine has not been a big part of the season which will hopefully change as he brings just the right amount of sass to iZombie.

Drunk in love, Liv forces Peyton to go with her to the human/zombie party, who in turn forces Ravi to join them. While Alan does not show up as Liv had hoped, she sets her sights on another guy whom she quickly falls for. The club scene is absolutely hilarious and entertaining especially set in the backdrop of some amazing jams.

During the party, Liv notices Clive’s girlfriend, Bozzio is making out with someone else. This irks her throughout the episode as she throws shade at Bozzio the next day and tries to introduce Clive to another woman. Renegade is a central part of this episode, and perhaps this season and Blaine is laser-focused on finding her. He meets with a man who claims to know her but refuses to give up her location. In return, Blaine murders him and eats his brains. Classic Blaine.

Renegade learns that Liv is looking for her and shows up at her doorstep to confront her. Through Renegade, Liv learns that there is a coyote named Bruce (the same guy that was supposed to be helping Annie) who is involved in some shady business involving smuggling humans and then murdering them for their brains, organs, and possessions. This appears to be the fate that Annie met when Bruce was bringing her into Seattle.

This moment triggers a vision for Liv who sees Bruce next to an incinerator with Annie trying to run away from. Clive and Liv locate the building that the incinerator is in, only to find that there are human bones inside. Looks like they have a serial killer on their hands!

This week iZombie is strong, hilarious, and kept us on our toes throughout the whole episode. Watching McIver play so many different characters week-to-week is always so entertaining and thrilling to watch. Her portrayal of a hopeless romantic this week was next-level silly and hilarious. I’m also enjoying that (apart from Blaine) we are seeing more of Peyton and Ravi this season.

It feels in past seasons they tend to take a backseat to Liv’s life but with the shift in Seattle’s zombie population, the story seems to be getting more complicated, exciting and allowing the other characters to showcase their talent. Next week continues the mystery behind Bruce the coyote and serial killer–and we can’t wait!

Score: 8/10

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