iZombie: Abra Cadaver
November 18, 2015 5:00 PM - Season 2, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Liv consumes the brains of a death-obsessed illusionist who was murdered in cold blood during a magicians’ convention in Seattle.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich (13 comments total)
Blaine was on point with the snark this episode: "No one cares about the fourth person to do something."

Also with that opening with Liv and Major discussing how brains change her and how that's going to be difficult I was worried that she was going to have some terrible personality trait this episode and it turns out to be ... a magician/Criss Angel knock-off. Not what I expected, but yep, terrible.
posted by john-a-dreams at 5:27 PM on November 18, 2015

Man, this was just full of great lines:

"So you're here to warn me to watch my back?"
"Oh, god no."

"This is the best brain ever! I'm tempted to start murdering magicians so it never has to end!"

"I was a bit of a wandophile until I realized it wasn't helping me with the ladies."
"So... you decided to get into videogames and forensic science?"

"She left me a voicemail about how drowning would be a beautiful way to die, but otherwise? Same old Liv."

(I may end up quoting this more than the bro episode.)

I also loved Clive's complete disgust with the whole thing, and watching Blaine and Liv play private investigator was priceless. I did feel awful for Steph, though - she seemed really nice, in her limited screentime.
posted by mordax at 5:56 PM on November 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

Having sex with a zombie will turn you into a zombie. I had no idea.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:27 PM on November 18, 2015

I love that there was no tragic backstory to Clive having no tolerance for magicians and their bullshit, he just doesn't like them. Blaine and Liv together is always great.

We don't know the woman from the end of the episode, do we? That "occupant" envelope should be interesting.

I do wish the guilty duo hadn't been such a carbon copy of Penn & Teller. Everybody else was more of an archetype, but that was just celebrities with the serial numbers filed off.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 7:02 PM on November 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

It was a very deliberate nod to P & T, right down to the otherwise odd-seeming mention of the ampersand. I'd sort of been hoping P & T would guest star as themselves, though.
posted by rhiannonstone at 12:18 AM on November 22, 2015

I have some major beef with the science of STZs (Sexually-Transmitted Zombieism), though. If the virus is that tiny, how do they know that it can't also be transmitted through the obvious alternate activities Liv & Major are engaging in? And where is the virus carried?
posted by rhiannonstone at 12:24 AM on November 22, 2015

Also, how does a condition caused by chemical interactions turn into a virus?
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 4:12 PM on November 22, 2015

It seems more like a prion, honestly.
posted by thecaddy at 7:20 PM on November 25, 2015

I have my hangups about the STZs too, but hey, I'm not gonna treat this show as hard sci-fi.

I was cringing throughout Steph's british surprise. She's a nice girl, but geeeeeeez that was super awkward for all involved.
posted by numaner at 3:00 PM on December 7, 2015

It seems more like a prion, honestly.

That would work well for zombies not being satisfied by zombie brains.
posted by phearlez at 6:43 PM on January 6, 2016

Nthing that as things have progressed, I wish they would get their story straight about zombie transmission routes. The more times the depict "getting scratched" as the common, reliable route to making a zombie, the harder it is to suspend disbelief. Fingernail-tips aren't even living cells in regular humans, how the hell is that creating a zombie, but swapping spit isn't?

Note: After various characters said "tainted Utopium" so many times within the last few episodes, I now just call it "U-taint-ium" in my head. I crack myself up.
posted by desuetude at 10:49 AM on April 6, 2016

What would Taint Utopia look like? Haha just kidding you can't SEE what taint utopia looks like because it's dark there.
posted by phearlez at 11:17 AM on April 6, 2016

What would Taint Utopia look like? Haha just kidding you can't SEE what taint utopia looks like because it's dark there.

Well, just a little darker than regular skin color, but you have to get into a somewhat awkward position to shine a light on it.
posted by desuetude at 7:45 PM on April 6, 2016

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