Season 3, Episode 8 - "Eat a Knievel"
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley
Regular airtime: Tuesdays, 9pm
US: 23 May 2017
Angus: I’ve seen the future, and the future is brains.
Chase: Discovery Day is coming. Or haven’t you heard? What’s it gonna take to wake you zombies up?
Eight episodes into the season and iZombie continues to surprise and get back to its roots all at once. “Eat a Knievel” returns Blaine (David Anders) to his zombie villain ways, while also knitting together the various threads of Fillmore Graves, The Scratching Post, and the zombie truthers. There’s also a mystery of the week to investigate, giving Liv (Rose McIver) the opportunity to act especially ridiculous and hilarious.
Reverting Blaine back into a zombie was no surprise, given how last week’s episode ended, yet seeing him quickly take back his business and deal with Angus (Robert Knepper) was a welcome return to the Blaine that is most exciting to watch. It remains to be seen whether Blaine will still occasionally moonlight as a lounge singer, but regardless, he gets some of the best music cues on the show—The Screaming Trees’ “Nearly Lost You” as he gets back to his brain business and Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby” when he sends his father down a well in cement shoes were perfectly scored.
The scenes between Anders and Knepper are always terrific if only to highlight where Blaine came from. Even though Blaine has undoubtedly done some truly horrific things, Angus is a monster on another level of unfeeling. In fact, Angus and Blaine’s final conversation is an accurate encapsulation of their entire relationship (“You were a waste of my sperm.” “I gotta say, that kinda stings.”), so it’s no wonder Blaine drops him in the well without a second thought.
With Angus now out of the picture, at least for the time being, Blaine is poised to take over his idea to supply brains to Fillmore Graves, and potentially make a fortune. His renewed partnership with Don E (Bryce Hodgson) is yet another delight as a result of the return of bad guy Blaine. Angus’ complete dismissal of, and lack of patience for, Don E wasn’t nearly as fun to watch as Blaine and Don E’s interactions. If the plan to supply Fillmore Graves comes to fruition it further cements the already complicated connections between all the main players on iZombie and adds further layers to the stakes of those relationships.
On the Fillmore Graves front, Vivian (Andrea Savage) figures out Major (Robert Buckley) is human again, but before there’s any real consequence to her discovery, she’s killed in a helicopter crash. It’s an unfortunate development, but one that paves the way for her brother, Chase (another Veronica Mars alum, Jason Dohring) to come in and take over. His approach is much more militaristic and he’s clearly uninterested in anything beyond the mission to create a safe place for zombies once they’re discovered. Vivian’s role was more business-oriented, and her methods allowed for more conversation and collaboration; Savage was also an entertaining addition to the show, and it’s too bad we didn’t get a chance to see how she would’ve dealt with Major’s revelation.
The murder of the week revolves around an obnoxious host of a Jackass-style web series called Stunted Growth. The host, Finn Vincible (Robert Ri’chard, another familiar Veronica Mars face), is killed performing a stunt. It’s eventually revealed that one of his crew guys sabotaged the stunt to get back at him for sleeping with his girlfriend “as a prank”. Liv on Finn’s brain is one of her funniest, and reminiscent of her personality in last season’s “Zombie Bro”.
When she steps into the interrogation room and proceeds to staple her own head, Clive’s (Malcolm Goodwin) patience is already at its end, and this is only the beginning. She even offers Justin (Tongayi Chirisa) some of Finn’s brain so that they can have the same personality for their date. They have some nice scenes together, but Liv and Major’s relationship remains largely unresolved, particularly as it was only a few episodes ago that they were ready to be together again, and those feelings are sure to play a part if Liv and Justin seriously pursue a relationship.
As if enough wasn’t already happening, Liv and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) go undercover to infiltrate a zombie truthers meeting. Their disguises include a non-zombie looking Liv and she and Ravi attempting to trade accents. Ravi’s accent was the funniest moment in the episode, though he also took a great deal of pleasure in Liv’s Finn personality.
“Eat a Knievel” added yet more story to a show already brimming with plot, yet it also managed to return Blaine to his original role, consolidating some of the other players in his burgeoning business. There’s still a whole lot for iZombie to resolve this season, but as always, things are steadily moving forward, and it’s consistently entertaining along the way.
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