In Review: iZombie, Episode 3 “The Exterminator”

Good emotional heart, but Peyton and Blaine dropped it. Fun, but not perfect.

iZombie, Episode 3 “The Exterminator” Broadcast March 31, 2015

Teleplay by Graham Norris & Lee Arcuri

Story by Rob Thomas

Directed by Michael Fields

“Previously on iZombie,” Liv meets fellow zombie Blaine DeBeers and gets shown the door by her ex-fiancée Major when she attacks him passionately. In the present, two teens are scouting an abandoned shipyard and hear a noise underneath them. One boy takes his camera and sticks it through a hole leading to the increasing growls. Cue opening title sequence.

In the morgue, Liv is cutting up a corpse when Ravi interrupts her. His Google alert for “Seattle zombie” has discovered a boy who’s posted a picture online of a zombie he’s discovered. The location is less than a mile from where Liv was turned and he wants to check it out. Liv would rather eat, which she does from the victim of the hit and run she’s opened up. Her meal of crackers, brain, and hot sauce is interrupted by Blaine, who’s upset she never got back to him with the brains she promised. She tells him she doesn’t trust him and their rising tension cuts to Liv coming home to her apartment to find roommate Peyton celebrating with champagne–she’s just been given her first mega-case by the D.A. She shows Liv a photograph of the victim, creating a memory of the victim being shot. The brain she ate belongs to the real killer, not the man that Peyton is going to prosecute. Cue first commercial break.

A solid story smartly splits between the murder investigation and what the boys found underground in the opening. Either story could have been the entire episode, yet both get plenty of time to develop and be told, ending very tightly. It was neat to see Ravi more interested in the zombie down low than Liv, though she had a really good excuse. What that zombie is/was, provides a lot of character growth for Liv, leading to a really emotional finale.  And, yes, I admit to feeling that scene with the envelope. It was good to see Ravi in danger, and seeing a threat from an unexpected place. That might finally change his opinion of the undead. The mystery is nice, with the villain being ultra smarmy, making viewers want to see his downfall be brutal. I was surprised Liv didn’t go into zombie-frenzy mode on him. After the solving of this high profile case, Clive will be probably be promoted quickly–I wouldn’t be surprised. But what will that do to his relationship with Liv? David Anders has a few scenes as Blaine, who’s officially drawn a line in the sand between him and Liv. I like the scene where methods of opening a head were discussed. The final scene with Blaine wasn’t a surprise, it was telegraphed really strongly, but now another character knows something about him.

The good: A good story, Rose McIver making me misty in the end, Rahul Kohli getting out of the morgue, and Malcolm Goodwin finishing the whole story. I like what was underground, and what happened there. And Trivia Genie was hilariously tacky.

Fun lines: “Is it me?”, “Two’s company, three’s a horde,” “Marcie,” “Piggy and the Brain,” “She’s lovely,” “I look positively rugged,” and “It just shows you’re still alive.”

The bad: Aly Michallka as roommate Peyton is coming off as a really one note character. All she does is complain. I didn’t believe anything she said to Liv. I’m ready for her to be taken out. Blaine should be used sparingly. His scenes don’t add much to overall story of this episode, nor–seemingly–to this season’s overall arc. Less is more with him. Tonight, he was good in the beginning, but became a cliché in the end. I’d like to see him forgotten about for some episodes.

The final line: Good emotional heart, but Peyton and Blaine dropped it. Fun, but not perfect. Overall grade: B+

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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