In Review: iZombie, Episode 5 “Flight of the Living Dead”

A life affirming zombie episode--who'd have thought it possible?

iZombie, Episode 5 “Flight of the Living Dead” Broadcast April 14, 2015

Written by Deirdre Mangan

Directed by David Warren

“Previously on iZombie“, Major’s teen from a halfway house, Jerome, is found by zombie Blaine and taken away to his death, and one of Blaine’s minions takes the boy’s shoes. In the present, skydivers do tequila shots before jumping. One girl doesn’t survive, having been speared by a tree limb during her descent. She hangs up high as the police investigate the scene, including Liv and Ravi. They share a humorous discussion, when Liv’s phone goes off with a call from a distressed Peyton, informing her of the death of Holly Wolf. She died in a skydiving accident. Liv looks up, realizing that Holly is the corpse at the crime scene. Cue opening title sequence.

Liv tells Ravi she went to college with Holly; they were in the same sorority for a while, until Holly was voted out because of her wild ways. The leader of the drop says Holly’s death couldn’t have been an accident–Holly had jumped over one hundred times. She was supposed to jump last, but Lowell did instead, and he looks incredibly guilty of something. At the police station that night, Major checks in with Babineaux. He tells the detective that Jerome is now missing. Major complains that going through Missing Persons is useless, and asks if Clive can help. Liv’s former fiancée leaves frustrated, even after bringing up Jerome’s sinister “Candy Man.” Babineaux tells the departing man not to do anything stupid. In the morgue, Holly is on the table. Liv feels she owes it to her dead friend to eat her brain to learn the truth. Cue first commercial break.

Another fun episode that balances mystery, fun, and some foreshadowing of bigger problems. There were several scenes where I couldn’t help but smile as Liv traveled throughout the city–when she grinned, so did I. Her narration as she went on her way was fantastic. She was going over things I didn’t think she, as a zombie, ever would, and it was great. Bradley James makes his first appearance on this show, and it’s not going to be his last. His scenes as Lowell with Liv are fantastic. There are some slick reveals, that I won’t reveal, that are going to be very important in future shows (such as what happened to the episode’s antagonist shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, even if it’s to be revealed at a later date). Rahul Kohli gets some killer lines in this episode, most of which are directed at Liv. As much as I relished Lowell and Liv, Major completely lost his opening pilot one-note personality and grew tremendously. I haven’t cared at all for his character, but after tonight I’m rooting for him. He’s got a heart and a strong drive. I really like him.

The good: Cute alternative transportation scenes, really cool background music as Lowell makes drinks, terrific line from Lowell before the commercial break, lots of hot sauce to follow in this episode, and a big action sequence with Major–outstanding job, Robert Buckley.

Fun lines: “I miss my freckles,” “Hashtag yolo,” “Vodka. Where?”, “It’s bound to happen some day,” “Quite,” “You liked it!”, “Stop that!”, and “I want to be alive. Now more than ever.”

The bad: Why is Liv not as pale? She was practically matching the humans’ flesh tones. It was really noticeable. She needs to be pastier, as do others of her ilk. Nice to see David Anders out this episode. He’s so strong he needs to be used sparingly. His character’s ever present threat was enough to make Blaine relevant.

The final line: A life affirming zombie episode–who’d have thought it possible? Rose McIver made me smile throughout. Overall grade: A-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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