iZombie Recap: “Cape Town”
It's a bird! It's a Blaine? It's a superhero with brains!
The CW may be flying high on superhero shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), but iZombie has never been one of them. Until now!
Yes, on the new episode of your fave non-Supernatural supernatural CW show, Liv Moore got to channel her inner caped crusader, actual cape and all. And it all happened at Christmastime! Could we ask for a better pre-holiday treat?! Well, let’s see in a special holiday-themed iZombie recap from yours truly!
BRAINSSSY (A.K.A. NICE):
- This episode was written by none other than showrunner Diane Ruggiero-Wright! And directed by Mairzee Almas (“Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat”). Yay for ladies teaming up on TV!
- This episode also opened with a homemade-looking superhero named The Fog saving a young woman from thugs and spitting off a slightly inappropriate one-liner (“I’m thick with justice”). And in the next scene, The Fog turned up dead! What an exciting way to start our midseason finale, amiright?
- “We’ve got a few superhero wannabes here.” Off-hand Clive observation or biting commentary on The CW’s programming choices? You decide. Also, “Would you say that to Batman?” is gonna be my new stock retort to anyone hassling me.
- “Looks to me that you have a makings of a … hero.” Okay, the writing in this episode was killer, guys.
- Also killer this episode? Liv channeling her inner hero, and no, I’m not talking about a sandwich this time.
- Seriously, though, how badass was Liv in her big warehouse fight scene? I mean she fought with a reindeer and called herself the “Nightmare Before Christmas”? I don’t care if this was all brains; it was all awesome.
- Hands up if you’d vote for a Rose McIver-led superhero show! Or is iZombie kinda already a superhero show, but minus the cape and mask? Especially with this Boss (does this guy remind anyone else of Robert Durst?!) storyline being set up and Liv now having to help solve crimes on her own?
- P.S. – Yes yes YES to Clive getting real about “treating [Liv] like a cop.” Too bad it meant that Liv’s being taken off his cases indefinitely. : (
- Who was your fave faux superhero from this episode? Ghost Cobra? Grey Area? Super Fly? Mega Fist? Blue Swallow? (I’m voting for Grey Area.)
- Whether you ship Major and Liv, you have to admit that their break-up scene was pretty brilliant, both from a dialogue and performance standpoint. Interested to see how this affects both of them, especially given these comments from Rob Thomas.
- In general, I was impressed with Robert Buckley this episode. That side storyline with him and the zombie prostitute featured some pretty intimate moments and he handled them well. That said, how come it took talking to a strange woman to get in touch with Liv’s inner plight?
- That Ravi voiceover at the end? Perfect, if not slightly depressing and not just given the content of his message (The Cure isn’t working really!), but also given the fact that we have to wait an unknown amount of time for a new episode!
NOT-SO BRAINSSY (A.K.A. NAUGHTY):
- I get that we need a visual representation of Major’s zombie senses, but like, do we really need to see his arm hair raise up so dramatically it looks like he’s doing one of those static electricity experiments at a local science center? (We have this in Toronto. Not sure if this joke will translate elsewhere.)
- Sad thing is, The Hashtag could be a real superhero as soon as tomorrow.
- “I literally got screwed into being a zombie hooker.” Eww. Eww. EWW.
- WHERE WAS PEYTON THIS EPISODE?! OR GILDA/RITA? Answers, please.
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Canadians can catch it on Shomi.
(images via The CW)
Emily Gagne (@emilygagne) is one of the founding members of Cinefilles, a site for wannabe female film and TV critics, as well as an admitted heroine addict. She may not have super strength, or be able to make a stake on command, but she can slay you with her rhetorical devices, endless knowledge of Final Girls, and passion for geek girl scoop.
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