iZombie: Insane in the Germ Brain
Original air date: May 14, 2018
This episode was fantastic. This is the iZombie I love. It was funny, heartbreaking and thoroughly entertaining. The way this episode balanced all the competing stories lines was spectacular, and I’m still reeling from it all.
Isobel’s passing left a big hole for a relatively small part. She got to me—I liked her and her passing though, not surprising, was still very sad. I am very impressed with Izabela Vidovic’s portrayal of a terminally ill teenager. She captured the gallows humor and the sadness behind the smile amazingly well. She was only in a few episodes, but she had integrated herself into the group so well that her absence will be felt.
Ravi’s scene at the end, from the eagerness to teach Isobel to drive, to his begging her to wake up– showcased Rahul Kohli’s acting chops. I was able to hold back the tears until he started asking her to wake up, then water works galore. (Between television and the movies I’ve been watching I need to buy stock in Kleenex.) This season has done a great job at exploring the actor’s abilities and in everyone we have seen a lot more growth and character development than we ever have before.
Previously I was hoping Bozzio and Clive would break up; I liked the idea of Clive getting together with Michelle. Bozzio opting to break up with Clive so that he could have a chance of creating a family tugged at my heartstrings. Now I have all these mixed emotions and I think I’ve changed my mind. There is real love there… and Clive did rather quickly jump into bed with Michelle, but I don’t know if there is the same level of caring between them. Though I guess I can’t compare the history Clive has with Bozzio to a new relationship with Michelle. I’m very curious to how this will all play out.
The one thing I totally did not expect was Chase Graves losing his temper like he did and first shooting Jordan and then killing Fisher. That’s Major’s squad he just destroyed, and doing so I think Chase lost Major. I think this will be the breaking point for Major. He is very protective over the young people he helps. In season one, it was the growing abundance of missing children that threw him into the world of zombies. I can’t see him forgiving Chase—I think he will still hunt down Roche and kill (maybe recapture) him, but after that I’m guessing he will tender his resignation.
Which could be a fortuitous turn of events for Liv. Looking to next week, it seems Chase will give an ultimatum to Renegade—turn yourself in or captured members of the railroad will die. I know Liv will be willing to turn herself in, but without her I don’t think we will have much of a show. So I’m guessing something will stop her for turning herself in or dying.
I just had a horrible thought– what if Major says he’s Renegade? I could see him doing something like that and I hope I’m wrong. I don’t want Liv to die, but I don’t want him to die either. What would be nice is if they could pin it all on on Brother Love. (I’m sure Blaine would be happy to help.) Then they could appease Chase and neutralize a big threat.
My biggest question after this episode is what will happen if Liv does eat Isobel’s brain? Isobel asked her to eat it and I think Liv will honor that request, but I wonder if it will be the cure or if it will at least effect Liv’s zombie-ness. We only have two more episodes of this season and I can’t wait to see them. I am more excited now that I know this is not the end, but iZombie was renewed for another season! How great is that?