iZombie: Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
February 3, 2016 4:54 AM - Season 2, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Things become interesting for Liv when she and Clive investigate the murder of a young librarian, who was also secretly an erotic fiction writer. Meanwhile, things heat up between Blaine and someone quite unexpected. Lastly, Major is hit with an unforeseen snag in his plan.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed this episode a lot. And I chuckled at the Kristen Bell "I've always felt a kind of connection with her" thing and Bell doing the audiobook.

It's interesting that it seems like everything is about to collide -- all these storylines which had been (mostly) independent of each other.

Something that occurred to me in the scene where Liv suggests nude wrestling and Major's joking about it is that, wow, he's really become a much more interesting character than he began as. This has been the case for a long time, ever since Major decided to become a stone-cold zombie killer, but, still. I feel like the actor is always working at a disadvantage in both the fact that his character in many respects was conceived as being pretty boring and also that his looks sort of also make him kind of boring. They occasionally give him interesting things to do, however, and I think he does a very good job of it.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:13 AM on February 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

This show keeps getting better, how is that possible ?
posted by Pendragon at 12:54 AM on February 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

I watched this last night on the CW website. Was the Kristen Bell cameo just that one bit at the beginning of the show?

I'm impressed with well thought out this show is. They opened up the show's world at the beginning of the season by exploring the Max Rager and Shady Plots worlds and introducing new characters like Bozzio, Boss, and Blaine's father, and with this episode starting what appears to be the inevitable collapse of all those elements into one ever tighter storyline.

My teenage nieces got me into this show last Thanksgiving. We just watched the first few episodes of season 1. From that I would have never guessed that a funny, charming zombie show would ever have an intense scene like the one with Peyton and Liv in this episode where Peyton finally realizes the full extent of Blain's horribleness.
posted by plastic_animals at 6:55 AM on February 4, 2016

I really enjoyed that we had these things happening that wouldn't if everyone had the whole picture... but it's very reasonable for everyone not to have the whole picture, rather than the more common tv trope of people not sharing things only because the plot demands it. Why would Peyton talk about her star witness with Liv? The circumstance of Major not thinking to freeze zombies till he's built up some guilt makes it very reasonable he'd keep this from everyone. Etc.

It's a hint implausible Peyton wouldn't twig that this guy handing her drug lord information probably has a shadier past than he's being up front about, but Anders is so charming I can kind of buy she'd make a professional mistake like that. Her shutdown of the cops and making them let Blaine go wasn't completely absent of "this is why," though it feels like she under-sold it a hint along the way.
posted by phearlez at 10:07 AM on February 5, 2016

So is Peyton likely to go zombie after sleeping with Blaine if his cure is only temporary? She could REALLY regret this. (No, I haven't watched ahead yet.)
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:18 PM on February 29, 2016

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