iZombie: Season 3: a review


Now I’m current on the CW show iZombie. I just finished watching the third season on Netflix, with no further episodes to watch until Season 4 begins. Next year, I’d imagine.

This season, only thirteen episodes, was more of what I’ve come to expect from promising-young-surgeon-turned-zombie-medical-examiner Liv Moore and her friends. Murder-of-the-week solved when Liv eats the victim’s brains and absorbs their memories and takes on some of their dominant personality traits. Well, mostly that’s what this series is. During this short season, however, the serialized parts of the show begin to take over.

The private military contractor, Fillmore-Graves, was introduced at the end of Season 2, and it turns out that it’s staffed by zombies. Fillmore-Graves (I’m a sucker for puns) is preparing for D-Day, which stands for “Discovery” Day when the world at large discovers and acknowledges the existence of zombies. It takes the place of Max Rager, which it bought out and then destroyed, but it’s not at all certain that the contractor is a Big Bad. They’re just looking out for the zombie population, planning for the day when humans turn on them and try to wipe them out. The head of the zombie army, Vivian Stoll, is abruptly killed off in episode 8 of the season to bring out Chase Graves as the leader of Fillmore-Graves. Graves is played by Jason Dohring, whom astute viewers will know from Rob Thomas’s pre-iZombie series Veronica Mars. Dohring is comfortable in the role as the “Is he a good guy or a bad guy?” guy.

At the end of the season, I’m uncertain where the show is heading. Part of what I have enjoyed was the fact that not everyone was aware of the existence of zombies in the world. The events of this season end that. Also, Blaine DeBeers briefly resurfaces as a potential Big Bad, after he reveals that his memory loss was only a temporary side effect of the zombie cure, and that he later regained his memory and started to lie to everyone as he became a lounge singer and wooed Peyton Charles. His confession of the lie ends his relationship with Peyton, of course, and Blaine is back on his rightful path as a bad guy. He exacts his revenge on his father, but it ends well. Actually, it ends up with him putting his father, still living dead, at the botton of a well. Stacey Boss returns briefly during the season and begins working for Blaine as well.

I’ll continue watching the show when it returns, although I’m not certain what this means for the story. Even Clive Babineaux knows that Liv is a zombie now. There’s no one else for her to reveal herself to, unless they bring back her mother and brother, who have vanished from the show like Richie Cunningham’s older brother. I have faith in Rob Thomas. He’ll find a way to keep it interesting to me.

The real treat in this show is getting to see Rose McIver put on an acting clinic as she consumes various brains that alter her character. In this season, she is a middle-aged dad, a lifestyle guru, a terrible office gossip, a dominatrix, a narcissistic airhead, a Jackass-style daredevil, a D&D enthusiast, a conspiracy theorist, and a woman who enjoys one-night stands (I thought “sex addict” or “nympho” would be poorly-received words).

If Ms. McIver didn’t have charisma and talent, this show would not work for me. But it does work. So, I’m on-board for next season.

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