iZombie: The Whopper
February 18, 2016 8:30 AM - Season 2, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Liv and Detective Babineaux investigate the murder of Corey “Big Fish” Carp.

They learn Carp got his nickname not because of his last name but because he was a well-known pathological liar. Ravi makes an unsettling discovery and Blaine is reunited with someone from his past. Meanwhile, Major finds himself in a precarious situation.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich (12 comments total)
Major and Liv standing face to face blatantly lying to each other about basically everything was somewhere between awful and hysterical.

I very much liked Babineaux just matter-of-factly saying that he knows Liv is impacted by the people she's getting visions from, though it's interesting/weird that her spinning clearly baloney tales is the bridge too far for him to tolerate.

We're closer to the finish line here than a normal season. iZombie only got a 19 episode order for this season. It was originally 13, upped to 6 more in November. So I'd wager we'll see a sort of mini-climax/wrap-up next week with what could have been the season finale before entering into the final 6. That's probably why this felt pretty momentous this week (and was written by Rob Thomas himself).
posted by phearlez at 9:13 AM on February 18, 2016

Not to mention that it ended on a "Fin" title card.

I'm constantly surprised at how dark how fast this show has gotten, and the really fine line that it's been walking with tone. Major cuts a deal with Blaine, and it's horrifying and funny at the same time ("Hey, where's the big zombie?"). Blaine has his father tortured, but not before making Dad think decades have passed! Ravi and Major are cheering to the tune of One More Day because they successfully dug up two bodies from a field!

It would be really easy for the show to go one way or the other--to emphasize the humor over the consequences, or quickly become a depressing slog (looking at you, "Walking Dead"). I hope they're able to keep it up through the extended order.
posted by thecaddy at 11:13 AM on February 18, 2016

Not to mention that it ended on a "Fin" title card.

Ohhhh right! I am such a dope. I tend to ignore all those transitions and I didn't pay attention to that one. This must have originally been episode 13 and they moved some filler episode to next week. Now I am wondering if the bits with zombRat were clearly set in this episodes time or if they rejiggered things and that had originally been part of original episode 12. It felt like a pretty rushed setup.

I'm glad they got some more ordered but if it had ended here we could have at least gone out on some optimism that Robbie would figure out something to at least keep Major alive. Now they need some more arc and another stopping point and I don't think this has a renewal yet.

Here's hoping they get Peyton and Robbie back together. I liked them as a couple and have been annoyed they didn't examine that again after he got out of his relationship. Or at least they could have done something with him doing that because he was still into Peyton and nothing has happened. Instead it has felt a little pointless.
posted by phearlez at 12:21 PM on February 18, 2016

You mean Ravi?

The balancing the show does is quite well between all the different subject matters. This show is turning into one of the few I actually look forward to every week.

I wonder Babineaux and Dale will pursue Major now that they spotted him at Blaine's.
posted by numaner at 2:56 PM on February 18, 2016

Could someone please refresh my memory as to the connection between Chief and Candy and Blaine's dad, and when that connection was made? I was totally surprised to hear Blaine say that they had been victims of his dad.
posted by ubiquity at 8:35 AM on February 20, 2016

I didn't remember that, either, and just assumed that it was shown, but I'd forgotten it. I do remember that Blaine's dad retaliated against Blaine when Blaine attempted to control him and so I assume that that was when it happened.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:07 PM on February 20, 2016

The one thing that drives me nuts, btw, is that if Max Rager and Ravi teamed up to figure out the cure for zombism, it would literally give mankind the stars. Make your astronauts zombies, freeze 'em in space, thaw 'em out when they get where they're going and administer the cure. Think big, Steven Weber!
posted by thecaddy at 9:46 AM on February 23, 2016 [3 favorites]

It would have many applications, many of them pretty dystopic.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:49 PM on February 23, 2016 [1 favorite]

I don't think the lying was a bridge too far for Babineaux. It's just the first time we've seen him mention Liv taking on personality traits to anyone. I don't know if it's the most blatant example this time, but it's among them, so if we think he doesn't realize it's happening then we might write him off as a complete idiot if he doesn't at least mention it.

As far as the connection between Blaine's crew and his dad: Blaine's dad showed up at Blaine's and told Blaine that he had him followed and his makeup artist had a low tolerance for pain or something like that, so he knew Blaine wasn't a zombie anymore. He had a goon of his shoot Chief in the head and said he was taking over the business. Can't remember what episode it was, though, but it's what precipitated the grandfather's murder, if I remember right. Still wondering if Blaine plans on feeding those brains to his dad as revenge.
posted by ODiV at 7:46 PM on March 6, 2016

It was episode 6, Max Wager.

And wow I kind of butchered my comment while trying to edit, but you can still tell what I mean I think.
posted by ODiV at 8:13 PM on March 6, 2016

"I very much liked Babineaux just matter-of-factly saying that he knows Liv is impacted by the people she's getting visions from, though it's interesting/weird that her spinning clearly baloney tales is the bridge too far for him to tolerate."

As opposed to the time when Liv was on racist brain, mind you.
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:22 AM on March 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

I feel like the dialog is getting wittier but I'm noticing more continuity and wtf but that makes no sense errors (Liv pigging out on Thai takeaway with everyone? Major never meeting or hearing anything about Liv's housemate?).
posted by iamkimiam at 6:25 AM on May 21, 2017

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