iZombie: Blaine's World
June 9, 2015 8:07 PM - Season 1, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Liv continues to investigate the deaths of a high-school band, while Major gets much too close to Blaine and Meat Cute.

It's tough to even summarize everything that went down in this episode. Deaths, zombifyings, zombie cures, zombie shooting sprees, exploding cars, exploding buildings, red herrings, the reveal of Max Rager's master plan, and Liv at the center of four brutal decisions in the show's final minutes. Her choices will have serious consequences for next season, and might cost her brother his life (what hospital runs out of O Negative?) but hey, at least Major's not a zombie anymore.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish (20 comments total)
 
Hah, called it last week that Major would get zombied--albeit not as expected.

Oof.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:59 PM on June 9, 2015 [1 favorite]




That was a great season finale. Major's killing spree was surprisingly awesome.
posted by davidmsc at 11:22 PM on June 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


...what hospital runs out of O Negative?

That was the only clunker in all of this, really. Even if a hospital did somehow run out, there are blood banks, as well as other hospitals, from which to get the needed blood. Great finale, though.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:11 AM on June 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


This episode made me glad I'd stuck out the rest of the season. Major has become my favorite character on this show, when all throughout the first half of the season I thought he should have gone out to play basketball with Chuck Cunningham.
posted by joan cusack the second at 9:02 AM on June 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


Okay, this episode summary makes me want to catch up on this season.
posted by isthmus at 9:22 AM on June 10, 2015


Oh, I do have a question about Lieutenant Suzuki's method of cleaning up the zombie bloodbath. I get the need to make it look like some kind of regular human shootout, and I get Suzuki wanting to draw attention to Blaine himself (even though his last name is missing), but why did Suzuki need to die in the process as well? Was he worried about what he would have to do to feed himself with Blaine's operation out of commission? I don't feel like the show really gave him much motivation besides not wanting to be outed and resenting his dependency on Blaine, but he didn't seem hopeless. Is he really dead? (He looked pretty dead, even for a zombie.) I felt like his character could have led to a lot of interesting plot developments (I would have happily watched him team up with Liv to take down Blaine), and it seemed premature to lose him here.
posted by joan cusack the second at 9:23 AM on June 10, 2015


Thomas said in the interview with Sepinwall that scenes ended up on the cutting room floor that would have established Suzuki as a good cop before getting zombified who couldn't (un)live with what he'd been doing anymore. "He wanted to go out in a blaze of glory, as a hero, and that was his way of doing so."

That article also sheds light on what happened with Peyton. Namely, Aly Michalka was cast in a pilot so they had to write her out of the show in a way where they could leave the door open for her to come back, but also justify it if she never did. As it turns out the pilot didn't get an order from anyone, so they're looking to bring the character back.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:28 AM on June 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


Suzuki's not dead dead. His head was intact, so that means he can comeback as a regular zombie but with no real world power or influence. He basically died in the real world to take down Blaine, to preserve his zombie life.

There was no good way to cover up all that killing without something of his role in the coverups coming out. This clears him, gives him some revenge on the turd who made him a zombie, and lets him start over.
posted by teleri025 at 9:30 AM on June 10, 2015


Also, I couldn't tell if Converse Wearing Goon was actually dead-dead as well. It looked like something was in his head, but it wasn't very clear.

All in all, this was a great finale and I look forward to next fall with bated breath.
posted by teleri025 at 9:32 AM on June 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Major's killing spree was surprisingly awesome."

It was, wasn't it? It was an interesting thing to do, a very good decision, that might have gone awry. But it simultaneously gave the show some gravitas it had been missing (and was needed to emotionally contextualize what happens to Liv's brother) and gives us a lot of insight into Major's character about things we really didn't see until right then. And it's not like it came out of nowhere -- they'd given us the breadcrumbs. Still, it's not quite what we expected from him and it made him much more interesting.

"That article also sheds light on what happened with Peyton."

I wondered about that. I was very disappointed not to see the fallout of the reveal.

The blood thing -- I sort of both love and hate it. I love it in that I have no clue how this situation will resolve. How in the world do you explain that you won't (because you can't) give blood to your dying brother? But I hate it because it's contrived and dumb. But not totally dumb, because the underlying idea makes sense -- that Liv would be expected to do something that a totally normal sibling could do, but she couldn't because she's a zombie. Actual can't-escape familial consequences of being a zombie. That there's stakes is good, that it's connected to the reality of her transformation is good -- that's pretty solid. But this particular way of doing it? No, that's dumb. She wouldn't be the only source of blood for him in Seattle.

I want the Max Rager assistant woman to become a series regular. I like her.

Overall, I really liked the finale and I'm upset that I have to wait almost a year for the show to return.

I'm glad the show was renewed -- I thought it was on the cusp and very possibly wouldn't be. I think the showrunners had limited room to become less episodic in this first season, with mediocre ratings. They could have ensured they were canceled if they'd emphasized the serialized stuff more than they did. But I do think this means the show will be notably more serialized in the second season. Which will be a problem in the longer-term, though it will be a better show. It will be a problem because there's not much buzz about the show and I don't see how they will grow the audience, and if it's more serialized, then the audience will shrink. I don't see how they will avoid being canceled next season. But anything is possible.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:00 PM on June 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


teleri025: Also, I couldn't tell if Converse Wearing Goon was actually dead-dead as well. It looked like something was in his head, but it wasn't very clear.

Major shot him point blank through the freezer window, so I think he's dead-dead.
posted by bluecore at 1:42 PM on June 10, 2015


Overall, I really liked the finale and I'm upset that I have to wait almost a year for the show to return.

Good news, it's coming back in the fall instead of the spring!
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:48 PM on June 10, 2015 [4 favorites]


Major shot him point blank through the freezer window, so I think he's dead-dead.

Nope, that was another guy. Converse Wearing Goon was killed with the hand grenade.
posted by Pendragon at 2:29 PM on June 10, 2015


Still digesting, but OMG SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENED.

Looking forward to season two and perhaps looking forward to doing some rewatching.

Also hah Blaine you normal human you.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 6:35 PM on June 10, 2015


I saw that last moment as Liv realizing she really has to accept her monsterness. Nobody has ever had to die just because Liv needs to eat brains. She's been very clever about avoiding that. But now someone does. There isn't another hypo of cure. There is only the big Z, and she already saw how using that as a cure worked with Major.
posted by Bringer Tom at 7:36 PM on June 10, 2015


The actor who plays Suzuki looks like he has a regular gig on another show (The Whispers) so I suspect that this was his series exit.
posted by miss-lapin at 7:56 PM on June 10, 2015


Pendragon: Nope, that was another guy. Converse Wearing Goon was killed with the hand grenade.

Oops, you're totally right. This is what I get for watching TV with a laptop on my lap. It makes no sense-- I wait all day to watch a particular program, then I split my attention by surfing while watching.
posted by bluecore at 1:52 PM on June 11, 2015


I actually kind of loved how they immediately took zombie happy ever after away from Liv. It was especially brutal compared to her delusion of Major, who is totally accepting. But it makes sense. Major's shelter kids died in part because she didn't tell him. There's a lot there, and he now knows she's at least been aware of it. It's a lot for Mr Happy Go Lucky.
posted by corb at 1:25 PM on October 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I think the more major reflects on the time since liv's accident, the more angry he'd become at her. Breaking up post accident was a selfless act, but everything since then has been pretty bad. Gaslighting, mixed signals, lies. But probably all will be forgiven by episode 7 of next season. Hope he keeps the blond forelock.

Anyway, great set up for next season. I feel so smug because compared to everyone else in this thread I live in the future and don't have to wait for season two, it's on Netflix right now. Although the future turned out really shitty for the most part, unfortunately.
posted by skewed at 9:04 PM on July 26, 2017 [1 favorite]


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