As promised, I’m recapping iZombie from week to week, so let’s chat about episode two: Brother, can you spare a brain?
Our zombie girl, Liv, is helping out with an investigation of the death of local artist Javier, who was stabbed in the eye with a paint brush. Ouch. Liv’s co-worker Dr. Ravi explains during the on-scene autopsy that the artist would have died instantly since the murder weapon, once through the eye, acted like an off switch the moment it made contact with the brain. Back at the lab, Liv pulls out the paint brush and carves off any brain bits into a pizza roll, which she happily consumes. As a result, she inherits Javier’s personality traits, memories, and the gift to create art.
For the most part, Liv is hilarious in this episode, taking on Javier’s mannerisms. She’s hitting on beautiful people—a model (also one of Javier’s lovers) and then the model’s ex-boyfriend. She has no shame, complimenting them for their good looks. She even describes everything in a more artistic, descriptive way. I adored the scene with the sketch artist when she enthusiastically describes the zombie man that appears in her dreams lately. And she takes up painting and even listens to jazz music, which her ex-finance jokes an alien must have taken over her body.
Eventually, the zombie man from her dreams finds her. He manages to get his hands on the police sketch artist’s work and appears in the police station morgue to question her. His name is Blaine DeBeers. He’s the same guy who turned Liv into a zombie at the boat party. Blaine apologizes, expressing how remorseful he is. But do we believe him? Trust him? Part of me wants to like him because I think he and Liv would make a good pair. But, after seeing him with his drug dealer acquaintances and knowing he turned someone new into a zombie, I think he’s in the deep end of being very untrustworthy. My prediction is that he is trying to build a zombie army.
Then, there’s Detective Clive Babineaux. I’m still not sure if I like his character. Or maybe just how the actor portrays the character. There’s something off about him. He rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I’ll wait a few more weeks before passing too much judgement on him. I can only assume this character is in it for the long haul since it’s really Liv’s only way to visit crime scenes. I can only hope Babineaux starts acting less awkward or Liv gets to work with other detectives eventually.
As for the sweet and supportive friend and co-worker, Ravi, I love any moment with him and Liv. He encourages her to have brains. When she does take a big bite of brains, hot sauce, and a pizza roll, he asks her if she feels better. Ravi is also very intrigued with the whole personality and memory transfer when Liv eats brains. He loves studying her, asking questions and learning more about what it means to be a zombie. In this episode, it was also nice to see how close and trusting Liv has become with Ravi. When Blaine makes his appearance, Ravi is excited to run tests on a new subject. However, when Liv is free to go, she insists on staying in the lab and refuses to leave Ravi with Blaine, wanting to protect and keep Ravi safe. It’s awesome to see that Liv and Ravi care and have mutual respect for each other.
After some reflection, Liv realizes that she is more alive now as a zombie than she was alive. Before, she was too busy planning her life rather than experiencing it, too focused on medical school than spending time with her finance or trying new things. Now, living as the undead, she has a greater appreciation for life. Liv embraces the memories and gifts she receives from each brain she eats. I’m definitely looking forward to more from iZombie, seeing where the story goes and how each character evolves.
What are your thoughts on episode two? Do you have any predictions about what may happen next?
Here’s a glimpse of episode 3.