It’s time for iZombie season 3 to return with new episodes!
There are a lot of changes coming with the new season — all of the main characters are in on the zombie secret and there are more zombies (friendly and otherwise) on the scene. In order to give some details about what that means for the show, DocBrownTV met up with most of the iZombie cast while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con last summer.
iZombie season 3 is almost here, and who better than star Rose McIver to preview what’s coming for Liv Moore and her crime-fighting friends?
We had the chance to ask McIver about Liv’s new challenges — including the possible threat posed by the militant zombies of Fillmore-Graves — while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Check out the video below to see for yourself what’s in store.
iZombie season 3 premieres Tuesday, April 4 at 9pm.
Right. A two hour iZombie finale. I’m ready. Let’s do this.
We jump in right on the back of Major getting arrested by the FBI. I gotta admit, Liv’s reaction to the news that Major is the Chaos Killer isn’t quite what I imagined. I know not much must shock Liv thanks to the whole zombie thing, but come on, she’s just discovered that the love of her life is responsible for the death of a literal list of people, including her current main squeeze. Shouldn’t she be breaking something? Surely there should be screaming or crying or both?
So what else is happening? Tons. TONS. I’m going to try and run down everything important in one go.
Ken Marino guys. Ken Marino’s in the house! He’s playing Major’s slimy Vaughn DuClarke appointed attorney.
Poor Major can’t seem to catch a break. His recent zombie reinstatement means that he’s now a dead man walking (get it, get it). Of course, he’s stuck in the big house with no access to his staple protein. This leads to a whole host of possible apocalyptic scenarios, the most attractive of which appears to be Major taking the ‘cure’ and losing all memory, a la Blaine 2.0.
Liv’s having none of it – him being her one true love and all – and so she’s forced to do the unthinkable to try and get Major released. What’s that you ask? Oh, no biggie. Just stab herself in front of Clive so that he believes that she’s a zombie. In true Clive fashion, his reaction is as cool and calm as can be, given the situation. I wonder how the dynamics of Liv and Clive will change next season now that he knows the big secret.
Big bad Vaughn DuClarke manages to get his hands on all of the frozen zombies Major didn’t quite take care of. His plan – experiment on them all to try and develop a cure for daughter dearest who, let’s not forget, is only ash blonde because he didn’t save her when he could. This spells trouble for our favorite boyfriend, Drake, who finds himself having to volunteer to be experimented on to protect anyone else from harm. I can see where this is going and I am not happy about it. Drake’s so great, I was really hoping that he’d hang around for at least another season. But alas, DuClarke’s experimentation turns Drake into one of those World War Z type zombies and, in a heartbreaking scene, Liv is forced to kill him when he attacks Clive. No. Just no. I can’t. Look at this. I just can’t.
Ravi’s also having quite an eventful episode. First he saves Liv from one of Vaughn’s goons who’s been sent to kill her. Then he gets his ass kicked when some of Stacey Boss’ goons arrive to kidnap Peyton to use her as leverage to capture Blaine. This after he and Peyton seem to rekindle their romance. Bowchickawowwow.
Sadly for Ravi, nice guys do seem to finish last. By episode’s end, it’s Blaine 2.0 (who’s seeming more and more like ‘old’ Blaine) who saves Peyton and gets the emotional hug as Ravi looks on.
Poor Clive, meanwhile, has to throw his case against Major thanks to his newfound zombie knowledge. Of course, he can’t reveal any details to the lady in his life, Detective Del Blassio, and their relationship quickly fizzles.
By episode’s end, Liv, Major and Clive crash a Maxx Rager party to attempt to access the secret basement and save the zombies Major let live. There’s a mini zombie outbreak, lots of blood and guts and eventually, Vaughn DuClarke getting a taste of his own medicine as he’s attacked by a group of zombies, including Red. Speaking of Red, she is no more, thanks to a well aimed shot from Major.
Incidentally, before his death DuClarke sells Maxx Rager to a private military contractor named Vivian who’s creepy as hell. To cap what’s been an excellent season, we find her feeding on brains and hinting that Seattle soon turning into a zombie homeland.“So are you with us? Or are you against us?” she asks Liv.
Heavy. It’s going to be an iZombie epic season 3.
I feel like it would be remiss of me not to mention that Rob Thomas makes an appearance in this episode. Not that one, guys, the Matchbox 20 one. We see what happened there and we like it.
Also, the big Maxx Rager party is prison themed which explains Liv and Major’s uniforms in the season finale images that were released last week.
Last we see of Major, he’s trying to find out what’s happened to Natalie, the zombie he had the random heart-to-heart with a few episodes back. I may be wrong, but I’m almost certain that she and Major are going to have a thing next season. Just you wait and see.
New iZombie. It’s all coming back to me. Ravi and Major’s intense showdown at the end of the last episode. Major morphing back into a zombie. Two major moments, if I do say so myself. (I’m sorry, I can’t stop with these. It’s too hard. So wrong but it feels so right.)
It sure looks like Ravi got over his initial Chaos Killer shock very quickly. Because we’ve only got 40 or so minutes to spare, Major sums up his entire zombie-killing history in all of a minute, and Bob’s your uncle, Ravi’s all caught up.
Side note, I never thought I’d ever say anything to this effect about Major, but, the zombie look really isn’t working for him.
So what else is happening this week. Let’s sum up:
Body of the week: A college overachiever is found strangled in the campus pool. Long story short, she’s linked to Keith Mars aka Shady Detective Number One, who was running an illegal operation that helped to get drugs off college campuses. I didn’t really follow much of this part of the episode suffice to say that something went bad enough for her to get strangled and dumped in a pool.
Major: Ravi helps Major along with his transition back into the undead by feeding him the brain of what is probably the most annoyingly positive person alive – well, dead – but you know what I mean. To test whether Blaine is faking his memory loss, Zombie Major thinks up the ridiculous scheme of turning Vaughn Du Clarke into a zombie and then seeing what happens. But, as we all know, Major has the worst luck. By episode’s end, pet shop girl from a few episodes back is at the police telling Agent Bossio all about Major and Minor. Last we see of him, he’s being arrested by the FBI while subsequently trying to fight off his zombie dark side.
Vaughn DuClarke: Vaughn’s got daughter dearest, Red, locked in Maxx Rager’s secret basement while he tries to develop a zombie cure. But wait, Red is red no longer. I have to say, the ash blonde really isn’t working for her. Still, she’ll always be Red in my eyes.
Clive: Looks like Clive’s considering applying for a position at the FBI. You go Clive – but, what will this mean for him and Liv. Also, how has he NOT figured out the whole zombie business yet?
Blaine: Still clueless, Blaine remembers nothing of his former persona. Ravi fills him in, including deets on that oh-so-memorable fight earlier this season. Could he be faking? Hell yeh – this is Blaine we’re talking about. What better way to get off scott free than to fake insane memory loss?
Liv: Liv’s on perfectionist brain this week which is great for her kitchen and not so great for her anxiety about Drake’s absence. Speaking of Drake, I do miss thine abs. It’s most likely that she’ll find out about Major’s Chaos Killer alter ego and Drake’s ‘kidnapping’ by the season finale. Oh what fun that’s going to be to watch. Speaking of – I just saw this still from the season finale – what the what is happening here???
In a so random that I forgot all about it until right this very second moment – Red, who I think we can all safely assume is now zombified, manages to steal some brain from Liv’s freezer. Unfortunately for her, one of daddy dearest’s goons captures her before she gets too far. And that’s about all you need to know about that.
Poor Blaine can’t quite catch a break. First he’s a zombie, then human, then murdered, then a zombie and now human again. Yep – looks like Ravi’s untested cure from last week had the desired effect. Well, almost the desired effect. In exchange for life, Blaine says goodbye to his memory. How much memory you ask? Well, looks like all of it. Poor guy can’t remember what his plans were just hours before, let alone anything to do with his penchant for brains. Does this absence of memory mean that Blaine’s now technically a good guy? Will good Blaine be as attractive as the Blaine we all know and love? Hmm.
Liv and Peyton
The besties are back! In addition to Peyton moving back in with Liv, she also tags along for some of the investigating this week thanks to the murder’s ties to her Mr Boss case. The victim – an exotic dancer named Cassidy with a shady boyfriend and all kinds of information on Mr Boss’s operations. The guilty – a fellow lover of dance who doesn’t want to see her man go down for his crimes. And that’s all you need to know about that.
One downer this week was that we didn’t get to see Drake’s jawline at all. AT ALL. Hot of Major aka the Chaos Killer’s injection of death last week, Drake’s still AWOL and Liv’s still processing the fact that she last saw him with Mr Boss. By episodes end she’s had enough of the questions and stops by Mama Drake’s house for answers. She does as all mamas do and breaks out the photo albums which is where the truth is finally set free – Liv discovers that Drake is an undercover police officer. Dun, dun, dunnnnn.
Ravi and Major
A series of events that include Ravi catching a glimpse of Major’s not-at-all-shady safe and putting two and two together about Minor, lead him to crack said safe and discover all Major’s Chaos Killer tools. Our Ravi’s no fool and he quickly comes to the conclusion that Major’s been up to no good. In a tense standoff, he calls Major out on it and Major tries, and fails spectacularly to defend himself. Seeing no way out of the situation, Ravi injects him with his own ‘not quite a killer’ gun. I cannot wait to see where this will all lead. Pretty soon everyone’s secrets are gonna come out and it’s gonna be crazy to watch.
We begin iZombie this week with Liv recounting the dark and twisted tale of Rita aka Red to Ravi who is otherwise occupied with the victim of the week: a scientist who was burned alive.
The scientist in question, Dr Cash, worked at a company that at some stage was involved with the testing of acne medication. Unfortunately for them, one of the test subjects had a bad reaction and went on to sue the company. Dr Cash’s reputation was ruined and she was fired.
So Liv, on said scientist brain, and Babineaux are off to investigate the case. While they’re gone, bloody Blaine shows up at Ravi’s on the hunt for brains. (Bloody Blaine on brains. Bloody Blaine on brains. Now there’s a tongue twister for you).
Just like our favorite rodent before him, New Hope, Blaine has reverted back to the land of the undead. As Ravi explains, the next step in that process is death. That’s right. D. E. A. T. H. Bye bye Blaine With his impending doom on the brain (get it, get it), Blaine has a few things to get done. First, he questions Drake’s loyalties based on the fact that he was not warned of Stacey Boss’s attack. Lucky for him, Major has just received a new zombie hitlist from Vaughn DuClarke and our favorite undercover agent Drake’s name is front and center. Seems like Drake’s going to be Major’s next target. Next, Blaine receives Ravi’s next untested batch of the ‘cure’. With no indication of what this version of the cure will bring, Blaine prepares for death by handing over his brain business to his favorite two goons. Last we see him, he’s injecting himself with Ravi’s concoction. Science on the brain Thanks to her zombie visions, Liv realizes that Dr Cash also worked for Maxx Rager. She dons a disguise of sorts to try and infiltrate the Maxx Rager building but all that gets her is an awkward interaction with DuClarke and the realisation that the building has a secret basement. She also has a brief vision of a fully fledged zombie which may be the information she needs to push her investigation of what exactly Maxx Rager is up to. Scientist Brain also allows Liv to hypothesize her relationship with Drake. His behavior is suspicious and so she attempts to track him down using a disposable phone. This leads her to see Drake with Stacey Boss. Unfortunately for her, and Drake, Major makes off with Drake before she’s able to confront him about his relationship with Mr Boss. Does this mean that she’ll be able to track Drake to wherever Major stashes his bodies? The plot thickens. Facetime While all that’s happening, Babineaux and Liv discover that the person behind Dr Cash’s murder is the twin sister of the acne medication victim. Important to note about Detective Babineaux this week is that he discovers that the results of the brain sample test he sent to the FBI all those episodes ago was tampered with and that those brains were actually human. (Remember Liv and Blaine teaming up to change the results sheet? Those were happy days.) Vaughn DuClarke runs scared Big news on the Vaughn DuClarke front. There’s a bit of an accident with the zombie in the secret basement and DuClarke is able to escape being attacked by leaving Red behind to deal with it. Basically, he left his daughter for dead. Unfortunately for him, she escapes and there is no doubt that by next episode’s end, she’ll be 50 shades lighter and the red will be no more. To end, there’s a hilarious scene this week when Babineaux walks in on Ravi and Liv dissecting New New New Hope. His facial reaction is laugh out loud funny.
I’ve been having mixed feelings about iZombie for a while now. Recently it seems to switch between ‘Oh my god, what a great episode‘ to ‘meh‘ in a heartbeat and I’ve found myself wishing, on more than one occasion, that it would return to the consistent awesomeness of season one. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still a lot more entertaining than much of the stuff on TV today, but there are many shows that are slowly overtaking it on the must-watch list.
Take this week’s episode for example. I am starting to not really care about the case of the week anymore, unless it has a direct link to the greater overarching story of the main characters and the search for the zombie cure. That being said, this week’s murder of an annoyingly positive coffee shop owner was pretty uninspiring. To sum it up: overly positive coffee shop owner is killed by falling air conditioner unit. Turns out the killer is her daughter, even though it was pretty easy to figure that out early on in the episode. Daughter convinced her boyfriend to take the fall and ends up getting away scott free. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about that.
There was, however, one super bright spot in the whole coffee case – meeting Mrs Positive’s ex-boyfriend, Stan. Guys, it’s Ramon. You know, Ramon from The Proposal. Allow me to refresh your memory.
Having watched The Proposal about 100 times, you can’t blame me for being super excited to see Oscar Nunez on screen.
Back to the more important story arcs, well, those of them that I can manage to keep track of that is.
How did Drake become so likable so quickly? I mean, at this stage I’m ready to forget Liv and Major were ever a thing.
Stop. Everything. Turns out our favorite (well, mine at least) boyfriend is an undercover cop. Say whaaat? Does this mean he’s a good guy? Does this mean he’s gonna be around all the time? Yes, please.
Lest I make the mistake of not mentioning it – we discover that Drake is a cop when he’s ‘taken in’ by other cops. And by other cops, I mean Keith Mars, and by Keith Mars I mean Enrico Colantoni from Veronica Mars! This has made my day.
Swoon. The cops try to get Drake to end his relationship with Liv because it could jeopardize his case and he, very sexily (or is that just me, there’s a good chance it’s just me) refuses. ‘She’s the one good thing in my life‘ he says and my heart spontaneously explodes.
On the whole, not much happened to Liv this episode aside from her turning into Ms Positive thanks to a back-to-form super barf-worthy looking brain pizza.
But wait. How could I forget? It FINALLY happens. At the end of the episode, Major pays Liv a surprise visit and who should stop by while he’s there, none other than Red/Gilda/Rita/whatever the hell her name is. For some reason, Major doesn’t immediately spill the beans about who Red really is but slips up when he calls her Rita as he’s leaving. Liv puts two and two together which leads us to a scene I have been waiting for for most of this season.
Ravi manufactures the solution he previously used on Major and Blaine using the Utopium they managed to salvage off the body they found in the spooky field last week. Unfortunately, all it does is turn New Hope back into a zombie. So back to square one it is for our favorite doctor.
Also, it’s only fair to always mention that Ravi is really a tall drink of awesome isn’t he? Hands down the best thing about this show.
This was a major Blaine episode (see what I did there?). Stacey Boss figures out that Blaine’s the one that’s been feeding info to the DA’s office and interrupts (how dare he?) a key scene – Blaine playing the piano and singing… in his underwear.
Then, in a brief moment of WTF one of Boss’s cronies kills Blaine. At this stage I’m shocked but positive that there’s no way they could kill Blaine off. At which point I ask myself. But Blaine’s human again, so really, how could he be alive?
Aah yes, looks like the whole zombie thing is back. Hello again Blaine, welcome back to the land of the living, my undead friend.
Here are some thoughts I had while watching this week’s episode of iZombie.
– Major and Ravi are still digging around that creepy old field late at night. I would not be found anywhere around there… who am I kidding? I’d meet Major and Ravi in a field any day.
– Wait, what. Major Lilywhite found a body. Of course he did, his name was created solely for the purpose of discovering things. Can you imagine the headlines: Major Lilywhite discovers body field. Major Lilywhite
– COME ON. WORST NAME EVER.
– Don E. Right, that’s Blaine’s goon’s name. Of course I didn’t remember that, how could I, with a Lilywhite walking around?
– Stop everything, it’s a Ravi scene. Ravi scenes are gold.
– Am I the only one that’s questioned the fact that Ravi and Liv have loud conversations about zombies in the open at work? There’s not even a proper door.
– Brain burger – about damn time.
– Babineaux’s face when Liv behaves weirdly (all the time) must be how I look when trying to convince myself that I shouldn’t eat anymore chocolate.
– Blaine’s childhood home is not at all as I imagined it would be. What’s this, his dad’s will reading? Go figure that daddy dearest would find a way for Blaine to get nothing.
– Speaking of, so glad there’s so much of Blaine this episode.
– What’s this – a gift, for Blaine, in a coffin? Say whaat, Blaine’s got Major, Blaine’s got Major.
– Even worse, Blaine knows Major is the chaos killer and, of course, in true Blaine fashion, gives him an excellent nickname: Major Bummer. Even that’s better than Major Lilywhite.
– Swoon. I always forget that Major is doing everything he’s doing for Liv.
– Hold the phone, 13 episodes in and Detective Babineaux is only now coming up with a theory regarding Liv’s crazy behavior (he thinks her psychic abilities allow her to take on the personalities of the victims). Despite being way off the mark, I’m calling it – it has to be a foreshadowing of things to come, I’m certain of it. Babineaux is going to find out the truth soon enough.
– HELLO Drake. HELLO Drake’s abs.
– Of course Major would pay Liv a surprise late night visit to chat when Drake’s in her room, shirtless. I wondered if he knew she was moving on. Guess her evasive techniques answered that question.
– So just to try and get a handle on everything: Drake’s working for Blaine and Boss. Major’s working with Blaine but also Vaughn DuClarke. Red was with Major but is also Liv’s non-existent roommate. Liv’s with Drake but was initially with Major. I cannot. It’s almost impossible to keep track.
– Meanwhile, in a moment of pure genius, Blaine gets his dad back from Major and tries to convince him that years have passed since he was captured.
With an erotic writer’s murder as the case of the week, this week’s iZombie was sure to be entertaining. I have to admit that it’s been a so-so few weeks for the show in my books, but last night’s episode took me back to the awesomeness of season 1. It feels like our favorite zombie friends may be back on track.
If the episode’s title, “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter,” didn’t give it away, this week saw Liv devouring a brain smoothie/taco/stuffed pepper (I’m never sure) filled with the unadulterated thoughts of a soon-to-be published erotica writer. As predicted, this resulted in an hilariously horny Liv and a whole bunch of inappropriate comments that had me laughing out loud.
And sex there was. Lots of it. Leaving aside all of the zombie goings-on, both of our favorite pale skinned friends got some action this week. Blaine and Peyton, not unsurprisingly, finally gave in to the tension that’s been hinted at since their first meeting. For me, it was slightly disappointing in a I-knew-this-was-gonna-happen-and-i-still-dont-care way. Luckily, by episode’s end, and thanks to Detective Babineaux and Liv, Peyton is well aware of Blaine’s underground activities and not at all happy with herself.
On the other side of the coin is Liv and Drake (who’ll always be the original Drake to me). One word – H.O.T. After one steamy and surprisingly lovely looking date, the pair seem to eventually give in to their chemistry, if Drake’s position in Liv’s bed at episode’s end is anything to go by.
A minor heartbreak
Major finds out about the tracking chip on Minor and realizes that he has to let him go. For some reason, he decides that the best way to do this is to leave Minor in a bus (he has never made the best decisions). What follows is a heartwrenching scene in which we see Minor at the bus window as it drives away from Major… excuse me… I think I’ve got something in my eye.
Meanwhile, it’s discovered that the erotica writer was killed by her insecure husband who was unhappy with the possible repercussions of her book being released. I hate to say it’s always the spouse, but it always the spouse.
All in all, this week’s episode was a treat and Liv had me laughing out loud more than once. Glad to see that iZombie is back on form.
Quick recap of what went down on iZombie before the holidays. Detective Babineaux and Liv are on the outs – at least when it comes to Liv being a sometimes detective. Major and Liv are also on the outs – but we all kind of knew that was coming, what with the dead vs alive thing. And Ravi’s lab tests took an unfortunate turn when the once-zombie lab rat returned to its undead state.
Not wasting any time with the news, Ravi sits both Major and Liv down to break it to them gently. Major doesn’t take it as badly as I thought he would but, then again, nothing Major does these days goes quite the way I expect it to go.
This week in the land of everyone’s favorite trainer-turned-zombie killer, Vaughn Du Clark takes center stage. Major realizes that the only way to one-up his client/boss is to stroke his already humungazoid ego. Du Clark even seems to be falling for it until Red highlights his weaknesses and questions Major’s loyalties. Du Clark attempts to force Major’s hand by concocting a crazy tale of a whistleblower in the organization, but Major does exactly as he should. By episode’s end, Du Clark has complete faith in Major while we discover that Major is now privy to all Du Clark’s conversations thanks to a bug he attached to the fitness wristband he gifted the megalomaniac earlier in the episode.
The dead guy of the week is one of the lead actors of what appears to be Liv’s favorite show, Zombie High. A zombie show on a zombie show – a zombie sandwich if you will. Method actor/douchebag Jordan is killed by a weapon that everyone assumed was a prop. Of course, actor brain is on the menu for Liv (a delightful zombie mac and cheese microwave meal) and she turns into a method actor extraordinaire. If I don’t say this enough – Rose McIver is magic. There’s an entire scene between Ravi, Liv and a make-believe apple that is all kinds of hilarious thanks to McIver’s genuis. Also genius… this ironic scene.
Meanwhile, Detective Babineaux realizes that having Liv help him on this case would be an asset, since she’s already a fan of the show, and just like that, Liv’s back wearing the Detective hat. Speaking of Babineaux, he spends most of the episode snacking on treats from craft services. There’s a lot of back and forth on the murder case – suspects come and go – but it’s eventually discovered that the guilty party was the props guy that we’d already met at the beginning of the episode.
Looks like things won’t be looking up for Blaine next week. At episode’s end, Babineaux and Agent Bozzio manage to tie two and two together and figure out that Blaine is tied to everything crazy that’s been going on They’re on to him, people. Another person that won’t be having any luck soon – Major. Turns out that Major’s Minor has a GPS-tracking chip on him, which means that all FBI paths are soon going to lead to Major’s door.