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.