iZombie’s dame to die for goes full-on noir with “Night And The Zombie City”

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Despite a premise made to shake things up format-wise on a weekly basis, iZombie is a show that doesn’t really play with its general look and style all too much. It usually changes things enough to get by for a certain brain-based premise, but a complete aesthetic overhaul isn’t the norm for the series. So “Night And…

With “The Fresh Princess,” Seattle’s best (and most smartest) zombie gets drop dead gorgeous

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Unlike “Death Moves Pretty Fast,” “The Fresh Princess” doesn’t go full-on ‘90s movie homage in terms of structure. There are Clueless references*, but at the same time, the episode doesn’t draw as much inspiration from 1999’s Drop Dead Gorgeous as one would expect or even hope. Of course, that might just be an…

In iZombie’s “Death Of A Car Salesman,” deadbeat dads are for closers

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Despite the potent car salesman brain, “Death Of A Car Salesman” doesn’t actually go with one of those truly overbearing brain plots. It’s become pretty clear by now that there’s a major difference between a big personality brain and a big personality brain that also ruins how Liv (and/or Ravi) functions altogether,…

Malcolm Goodwin’s iZombie directorial debut focuses on those men (and monsters) at work

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Yet again, Blaine DeBeers has to learn to adapt. His old tricks now have a case of diminishing returns, since he’s finally been revealed to the public as the scumbag murderer he is. That means Seattle needs a new pipeline’s needed for brain smuggling. So by the end of this episode, it’s onward and upwards for Don E.

In "Death Moves Pretty Fast,” the past is the secret of iZombie's success

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While it doesn’t quite reach the dance-centric highs of “Five, Six, Seven, Ate,” “Death Moves Pretty Fast” is easily the best (and most cogent) episode of iZombie’s final season so far. There are still imperfections and bits of confusion, but the lows of this episode are nothing in comparison to previous episodes’…

iZombie’s “Dot Zom” introduces even more new characters—but at least Blaine's back

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After “Five, Six, Seven, Ate,” “Dot Zom” is a real come down of an iZombie episode. Where the humor in the previous episode flowed effortlessly and actually struck a solid balance with the more serious aspects, “Dot Zom” continues to try to force humor into an otherwise bleak existence. Ultimately, “Dot Zom” continues

Brooklyn Nine-Nine wraps up its sixth season with its very own “Suicide Squad”

It feels so good to laugh. So on the plus side, at least this two-part Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale begins with laughter from Captain Holt. The “prank” by Jake is pretty much the only thing he personally has to laugh about in these episodes—except for his dunks on a returning Madeline Wuntch, I suppose—even though…

With “Five, Six, Seven, Ate!” iZombie has the time of its life as it goes back to basics

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After two episodes of a murder case that wasn’t a murder case, domestic terrorism, and current affairs thrown into the zombie blender, iZombie’s “Five, Six, Seven, Ate!” gets somewhat back to basics. In a series’ final season, that’s one of those things you actually want to hear, especially if things have strayed so…

In “Devil Is As Devil Does," Lucifer finally embraces who he's meant to be

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In “Orgy Pants To Work,” just before Julian murders Rookie Joan, he takes a moment to monologue about being “a wolf,” while his father, Jacob Tiernan, is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It’s after Lucifer asks him if Tiernan has any idea what his son’s been up to, so it’s not rhetorical—but it was still strange for him…

With “Dead Lift,” false flags and fake news infect the final season of iZombie

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I know it’s only been two episodes, but I’m already struggling to understand what iZombie is trying to do with this final season. Not in terms of the bigger picture and how it’s all end but specifically why it’s doubling down on the parts of the show that make it look even less like its original form and why it’s