After a very, very long time off, iZombie has finally returned for it's much anticipated Season 3 and following the events of the season 2 finale, nothing is the same as before. Sadly, in addition to being pushed out for almost a year, we also only get 13 episodes of the show this year, but I'm choosing to believe this could be a blessing in disguise and we get a solid and stellar story arc this year. I wish the show had started in the fall when my life was a little less hectic and I wasn't having to start the season with a double review where I can't dig in as deep as I want to. But that small gripe aside, I'm just happy we got the show back, no matter how late and little we got it, and if the show continues to deliver like it did in Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother and Zombie Knows Best, then I know we are in for one exciting and emotional ride for season 3.
For me, the star of the show was Clive. I had waited so long for Clive to find out the truth about Liv, Major and the rest of team Z and While I am disappointed that Wally and the Fillmore Graves kids felt like a bit of cheap plot device to put Clive on board, I do love some of his reactions to the truth. I think Malcolm Goodwin did some of his best work across the first two episodes of the season and I'm really excited that he's been given an emotional stake in the War on Zombies. Team Z is on board with Vivian for now, especially since poor Wally and his family were killed and it seems like they were killed to send a message, but we know it's just a matter of time before the boat starts rocking. Major, indeed, got a job as a merc for Fillmore Graves, because why not? Major can do anything(and no one would hire him...or give him coffee with his name on it). #Pavi is still a no-go so far, as Ravi has some really conflicted feelings about everything once he learns that Blaine and Peyton slept together which makes Blaine going all hero and saving her a harder pill for Ravi to swallow. Peyton is just conflicted because she obviously feels close to Ravi, but something is drawing her to Blaine. As for Blaine, I'm still not sold on this whole lost memories storyline but I felt like there were some doubts cast in the premiere. Blaine singing Rob Thomas while handling brains, and Don E's suspicion kinda implied there's more to the story. The premiere carried emotional weight, dealt with the aftermath of max rager and introduced a conspiracy plot against zombies and it didn't even flinch. A-
Moment That Slayed Me: Clive when he left Wally's room. Sure, we didn't know the kid very long, but once all the pieces clicked in to place as to whose house this was and who was murdered, once Clive left the room, I just wanted to reach through the room and give him a hug.
Character of the Week:Clive. As someone who is always felt a bit more introverted than the rest of the mains, and that could just be because he wasn't in on the secret, I think this week Clive really got a chance to shine as we watched him grapple with the reality of zombies and what this meant for not just his partner but for everyone.
Moment that Slayed Me: Clive watching Game of Thrones with Wally who has fallen asleep. Malcolm has some of the best reactionary faces and it was so great watching him so into GoT.
Character of the Week: Clive, of course. From his disgust at the brain prep, his sexy mustache and his emotional woes, Clive just needs all the love and hugs and I just love that he's fully apart of the team this year.
iZombie's next episode, "Eat, Pray, Liv" airs 4/18 on the CW!
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