In Review: iZombie, Episode 10 “Mr. Berserk”

A super tying together of every story to reach this highpoint.

iZombie, Episode 10 “Mr. Berserk” Broadcast May 19, 2015

Written by Deidre Mangan & Graham Norris

Directed by Jason Bloom

“Previously on iZombie“, Liv’s upset with Lowell’s involvement with buying brains from Blaine, Major shoots Julien Dupont in his home, Clive tells Major he doesn’t believe anyone was shot since there’s no body, Liv can’t kill Blaine, Lowell steps up to kill the zombie maker but is killed by the baddie. In the present, Liv is being grilled by a detective at the police station about Lowell’s death. A body is wheeled into the morgue whose identity startles Ravi. He rushes upstairs where Clive tells him Liv is a suspect in Lowell’s death. “Her alibi is not great.” Clive goes on to tell him about Major’s disappearing gunshot victim. Ravi rushes off as Liv’s suspicion is ended by Lt. Suzuki, who tells the detective in charge that the wound is typical of a self-inflicted wound: Lowell committed suicide. Liv can go. Cue opening title sequence.

“The Candy Man Can”: Major relays to Ravi what happened in the house they share. “Things just keep happening that don’t make any sense,” he tells his roommate. Ravi decides to tell Major something. At Liv’s, she wakes up from a nightmare of Lowell being shot over and over again. She goes into work and gets a hug from Ravi. She says she needs to eat. He tells her that Suzuki came down and made him say Lowell’s death was a suicide, though the evidence doesn’t support it. She tells Ravi what happened between Blaine and Lowell. Liv doesn’t want to talk about him anymore, she wants to work. On the table is Rebecca Hinton, a “raging alcoholic” reporter who interrupted a burglary. She’s the reporter who helped Major with his story on missing teens. Though the woman’s brain might get her intoxicated, Liv doesn’t care. At the gym, Dupont is interrupted by Clive, who tells the detective that Major has been stalking him. Back at the morgue, Ravi asks Liv to co-sign that Lowell suicided so that his body can be destroyed, stopping others from going after Blaine. She can’t do it and walks, but is stopped by seeing Clive looking at her lunch. This triggers a memory of Rebecca being attacked by the burglar. At the bottom of her stairs, the intruder lifts her thumb to an electronic device. Back in reality, Liv tells Clive the burglar needed her fingerprint to unlock her phone. Cue first commercial break.

This was a really slick episode that went back and touched on events from the very first episode and wound its way through several others before finishing. Everything is related in this episode as Liv struggles to come to terms with Lowell’s death. She welcomes the stupor that alcohol provides, and the scenes with her in the bar are understandable and sad. When one of her friends appears to take her home, it’s warming and humiliating. Rose McIver doesn’t play Liv as a funny drunk, she’s a sad drunk, which only makes her eventual moment of sobriety and acceptance heartbreaking. Just as heartbreaking is Robert Buckley as Major, who thinks he’s having a mental breakdown. Fans will be yelling at the screen for Liv and Ravi to say something, but once it’s revealed why nothing can be done, it’s a gut punch. The scene on the lake is scary, thrilling, and FUN FUN, though the eventual fate of one character is telegraphed too strongly. It was neat to see Steven Weber join the cast, and he’ll be returning shortly, I’m sure, to live life to the max.

The good: The script, Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Matthew MacCaull (No spoilers!), and that scene on the lake, and by the lake.

Fun lines: “I need a drink,” “…I just consume something else,” “What’s his name?”, “Not me. I’m a nice zombie,” “This is on us!”, “Yes! No…”, “Hey, you ready to go home?”, “We can not talk about this, too,” “Blarg!”, “You look a little pale,” “There you are,” and “Zombies, dude. Friggin’ zombies. The city has a zombie problem.”

The bad: One character’s fate too strongly alluded to, but that’s not a killer nit.

The final line: A super tying together of every story to reach this highpoint. 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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