Tea & Review: iZOMBIE – Zombie Knows Best

The first thing any sane person could think after watching iZombie this week is that Robert Buckley as Major Lilywhite on teenage girl brain is a revelation. What joy! What grace! Writers gave him a sweet set up, and Buckley spiked perfectly.

Aside: Of course, the feminist voice in my head whispers the question, “why do we find men playing women funnier than the reverse of women playing men? Is it that we believe women are sillier by nature, and therefore ripe for the mocking?” To be fair, perhaps there’s more material to play with. Females are generally afforded a greater expressive license. We’re free to exercise wider range in vocal pitch, a speed of speech, and gesticulation. Not to mention, it’s usually women that start linguistic trends that are then adopted by men. So, having thought this through, I’ve determined that I may laugh free of guilt at the comedy gold of Major on teenage girl brain.

The episode follows a nonlinear narrative as we delve into Clive’s (Malcolm Goodwin) back story. We find that during the time he served on vice, Anna (Caitlin Stryker) and Wally (Mataeo Mingo) were his neighbors and a relationship begins with a chance encounter in the hallway between Clive and an endearingly cheeky Wally. It later includes the arrest of Anna’s abusive husband by Clive, making room for him and Anna to grow closer.

After another time jump through flashbacks, and nestled in a cozy family dinner, an intimate friendship has indeed emerged between Anna and Clive. It’s full of romantic potential, but the could-have-been never was. We already know the tragic end which Anna and Wally must meet.

While Vivian Stoll (Andrea Savage) previously questioned Clive’s commitment to protecting zombie kind, his personal ties to the persecuted have grown. The relationship Clive had with Anna and Wally serves to more firmly fix him as an ally to zombies amidst growing tension between the two kinds.

Meanwhile, Liv (Rose McIver) and Major roll on a father/daughter brain pairing of Stan (Raugi Yu) the banker and Cindy (Celina Martin) the teenage ice skater, respectively. Liv’s vision of a video featuring Cindy’s friend with a *much* older man dovetails on Major’s earlier vision of Stan telling his daughter that they must go to the police with the video.

The case of statutory rape between the older man in the video, step-dad Ken (Stephen Huszar), and Cindy’s friend, Winslow (Natalie Alyn Lind), unfolds. It, in fact, is the crime that spurs Winslow’s mother, Tori (Sally Pressman), to commit murder. Fearing the public scandal and the prospect of being disinherited, Tori kills Stan and Cindy in the attempt to erase Ken’s crime.

Next, to Major, the second sweetest morsel of comedy was a brand spanking new character– Steve (Kett Turton)! With only a handful of lines, the Criss Angel look-a-like IT guy channels vampire vibes deliver the case-solving clue and invite Liv to a club called Perversion. He’s someone I’m particularly eager to see again. And soon.

Peyton (Aly Michalka) and Blaine (David Anders) were noticeably absent from the episode, however, given the time constraint and the meat of Clive’s backstory, writers had put something on the back burner.

Ravi (Rahul Kohli) on the other hand did appear on screen but didn’t play much of a role in actually solving this week’s crime. Come to think of it, he didn’t make much headway on his cure for memory loss either. His heartache over Peyton continues to simmer along, and will hopefully boil over sooner rather than later. I’m getting impatient.

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