iZombie, Episode 9 “Patriot Brains” Broadcast on May 12, 2015
Written by Robert Forman
Directed by Guy Bee
“Previously on iZombie“, Ravi has made a zombie rat, the rat bites Ravi, Major is beaten by the Candyman, Live eats brains at Lowell’s which triggers a memory of Jerome being killed by Blaine, and as she’s leaving her lover’s loft, Blaine is marching in to make another delivery of teenage lobe. “28 Milliseconds Later”: She puts up her hoodie to avoid being recognized by the brain delivery baddie. As she makes her way to the street she finds the Candyman arguing with a parking attendant, sparking another memory of Jerome: he’s being shoved into an enclosed space by the muscle bound zombie, but escapes, only to encounter Blaine with a meat hook. “Say goodnight, Gracie,” Blaine says before he swings. Back in the real world, the argument gets more heated and she runs past his car, spying eight more yellow brain bags in the back seat. She walks away shocked, not knowing what to do. Cue opening title sequence.
“Once bitten, Twice shy”: Ravi is making a recording of his foreseeable degeneration into a zombie, though he’s detected no changes. Liv arrives early for work. Putting away his recorder, he nervously asks what’s up, but she’s silent until getting a cup of coffee and then bursts out with “Blaine murders teenagers and delivers their brains to zombies. My boyfriend is on his meal plan.” They realize that Major has been right all along and Liv will have to use Lowell to find Blaine. Their conversation turns back to Major, who Ravi says has been locked in his room doing who knows what. “Who knows what” are handgun operating videos on Youtube. Ravi goes into Major’s room saying it’s been too long, they should bond over videogames. Back at Lowell’s, Liv jumps in the elevator with him. “We have to talk.” Meanwhile in a forest, several individuals in camouflage are running and hiding behind trees. It’s a paintball game. A pair of warriors shoot a man sitting down. They go to the man, saying he’s shot and needs to go to the dead zone. Touching him causes him to fall over and reveal he’s been shot in the neck. He’s actually dead. Cue first commercial break.
The mystery was a good one, as was all the stories that tied into the big season arc with Blaine’s brain deliveries. The police case had me on my toes second guessing everyone, and I was impressed with the reveal of the who, how, and why. Big applause for Robert Foreman breaking a chain I thought I was seeing in the mysteries. There were several screamer moments for the big story arc, with Blaine being charming and loathsome; David Anders is in incredible form. I was especially impressed with the scene in the limo. Rose McIver got to kick some major butt as a soldier, and really enjoyed the nasty side effect of this week’s meal. Rahul Kohli had my heart breaking every time the rat bite wound its way into the conversation. Robert Buckley was also tugging at my heart strings, with his final scene with Malcolm Goodwin believable and sad. Aleks Paunovic as Julien Dupont (the Candyman) continues to make his character the one I want to see taken down hard. Plus, Bradley James continues to melt hearts as his relationship with Liv takes a turn. The ending of the episode left my sixteen year old daughter crying and angry. Yeah, they do that. I did not see that coming.
The good: The script by Robert Forman, Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, David Anders, Aleks Paunovic, and Bradley James. There’s also that screamer of an ending.
Fun lines: “We need a plan,” “‘Brains: The Final Frontier’,” It is my quest,” “Well that’s gonna be a problem,” “One is less than many,” and “Blaine has to die. I’m going to kill him.”
The bad: I can’t find anything bad with a show that does the unthinkable in the last few minutes.
The final line: You’ll scream in the last few minutes. You’ve been warned. Overall grade: A+