In Review: iZombie, Episode 6 “Virtual Reality Bites”

Trolls, zombies, and brain-slurpees, oh my! Funny, sick, and an ever growing threat.

iZombie, Episode 6 “Virtual Reality Bites” Broadcast on April 21, 2015

Written by Gloria Calderon Kellett

Directed by Dermott Downs

“Previously on iZombie“, Blaine is told by Liv that he’s that one that turned her, Ravi tells Liv she gets some of her meals’ personalities when she eats their brains, Blaine starts squeezing zombies for money, Jerome goes looking for his lost friend and winds up dead with a zombie–the Candyman–taking his shoes, Liv tells Ravi about Lowell, and Major is beaten up by the Candyman when he asks him where he got his shoes. In the present, Major is in the morgue getting stitches from Ravi. Liv comes in shocked at Major’s state, and he relays what’s happened, while Ravi takes a call. A body has been found and he and Liv have to go. At Eva Moore’s, a delivery boy has forgotten something important and she can’t wait for him to go back and get it. She shoves him against a coat rack, which pierces his skill, killing him. She takes off her sunglasses and goes into full zombie mode. Cue opening title sequence.

The ripe body of recluse Simon Cutler is disgusting Babineaux, who tells Ravi and Liv the man’s backstory. The detective is going with heart attack, but Ravi says that it’s unlikely due to his young age. Found on the floor is confetti and a birthday card. When Simon’s body is wheeled out, his neighbors act strangely. Blaine gets a call from Eva complaining she hasn’t gotten her delivery. He says he’ll bring something over himself, but this takes her aback. She says it’s fine, she just doesn’t want to get charged. In the background, behind her blood covered person, is the corpse of the delivery boy whose head is open on the kitchen island. Back at the morgue, Liv pulls another piece of confetti from Simon’s body. Ravi reveals the man’s internal organs have liquefied, prompting Liv to say, “I don’t want to drink brains.” Detective Babineaux arrives to give them an update on what he’s found: Cutler was one of the most hated people on the Internet. “We’re almost certainly looking at a murder.” He was a troll and hacker known as the SIM Reaper. There’s already a website celebrating his demise. The three go online and listen to the only know recording of his voice. The detective leaves, hoping Live gets a psychic flash, while she’s nauseated about what she’s going to have to slurp. Cue first commercial break.

A pretty funny script that explores the lifestyle of an Internet troll and why someone would want to kill them. The abilities that Liv gets in this episode were clever, especially the one that has negative connotations. I thought Rose McIver was hilarious when she used a medicinal means to overcome her handicap. Blaine was seen in just the right amount in this episode. David Anders is perfect in this role and got to bring some real menace to it. One character almost crossed a line with Blaine, and it was thrilling. Stealing the episode was Robert Buckley as Major. His character started as a joke on this series, but he now has the most dramatic scenes and he brings some great believability to his character. I can’t wait to see what happens when one character finds out that Major knows something. Lowell makes an appearance, but I’m still thinking he’s a horrible liar about one aspect of his undead life.

The good: Kellett’s script, Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Full Auto, and more Internet jokes than you can shake a stick at.

Fun lines: “Batman versus the Candyman. Point, Candyman,” “C’mon. Who’s your buddy?”, “That is straight up nasty,” “Son of a bitch!”, “Don’t worry, detective. I’m sure Liv will suck it up and help in any way she can,” ‘Must…have…donut!”, “It’s back, people,” “O-kay, that was kinda creepy,” “…called Arf Vader,” “Sit up straight, sweetheart,” and “Am I gonna need a lawyer?”

The bad: Major and Blaine’s stories were overshadowing the mystery this week. I enjoyed what they were involved with, but Liv got the short stick. It’s only the sixth episode, so shouldn’t episodes still focus more on her before expanding to supporting characters?

The final line: Trolls, zombies, and brain-slurpees, oh my! Funny, sick, and an ever growing threat. 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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