TV Review: “iZombie” Season 3 – Zombie Crime Drama

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 01, 2017

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iZombie is one of the shows I’ve been watching since the day it premiered. It’s a well balanced show, with a great recipe of comedy and drama. The show never takes itself too seriously, though sometimes it toes the line of being cheesy. It’s a unique take on the zombie genre, and quite refreshing as a crime drama with a twist. Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger, and so far season 3 of iZombie has felt bigger and the comedy more on point.

In iZombie season 3, we pick up right where we left off. Liv (Rose McIver) has learned of a zombie community dedicated to protecting zombies from the humans who would kill them. The big fight at the end of the last season, however, means that the zombie secret is beginning to be discovered. With this discovery comes groups of humans bent on killing all zombies. Major (Robert Buckely) is becoming increasingly ill during his second bout as a zombie. Now more than ever, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) needs to find a successful and permanent cure to save zombies and make them human once more.

“No, no, no. If they want to eat brain mash, let them eat brain mash. In this house, we eat whole brains and solve murders.”

iZombie feels, in some ways, a little different this season. The stakes are higher than ever before, because zombies are now being targeted by humans. There are still some evil zombies who run a business of selling brains, but most of the zombies are living every day normal lives; they just have a special diet obtained from morgues. Each episode feels fresh as Liv’s personality changes based on whose brain she eats from the morgue. It can be a little hit-and-miss; sometimes the comedy doesn’t quite work, but other times is perfect. By far my favourite episode so far this season is Episode 2 “Zombie Knows Best” in which Liv eats the brain of a dad, and Major eats the brain of a teenage girl. Major’s dialogue in this episode is so accurate it’s hilarious, and Buckley’s delivery is so well done. He totally steals every scene he’s in, and I hope they give him more comedic opportunities.

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iZombie also has more tension this season between Ravi and Peyton (Aly Michalka). It’s a bit of a love triangle, and if I’m honest I find this plot-line a little tedious. Ravi acts like a jerk because he’s jealous. It takes him way too long to tell Peyton he still loves her. Unfortunately for him, he does so while his one night stand is still at his place. Ravi started as the awesome, funny friend in the show and now he’s become this cliched douchebag in this regard. To make up for this, though, Liv’s co-worker Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) now knows the truth about her. Their dynamic, therefore, has changed and they’re closer than ever. I love how he supports her, and him being in the loop means they can work together even better to solve crimes and to protect innocent zombies.

“Look at us! Working together to solve mysteries. We should get a van and a dog.”

While iZombie sometimes stumbles with its comedy and with Ravi’s arc, mostly I find the show to be a lot of fun. When the show gets it right, it gets it so very right. I’m willing to forgive some of the weaker moments, because I know iZombie has some really strong episodes. As the season continues, I hope to see things worked out, crime solved, and Major saved. And, of course, more top-notch comedy.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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