This week’s iZombie makes for an entertaining mystery, while tip-toeing around some big ideas about adult relationships.
At first glance you couldn’t help but see this as iZombie’s magic episode. After all, every other theme has been touched upon it seems, magic had to be in the cards at some point (ugh…I hate myself). The mystery itself makes up a majority of the episode, which is a small departure from the character developing of the last couple of installments, but it serves as an entertaining sidebar that keeps the comedy of the series from falling too far into the background. Liv’s magician personality is one of her more reserved, but it still makes for a few misunderstandings that keep things lively. The mystery takes plenty of opportunities to poke at some of the more ridiculous aspects of the modern magic scene, including taking an almost obligatory shot at Criss Angel, and a less fashionable though blatant one at at Penn & Teller (“Who still uses ampersands?”)
Then there’s everything else. No one gets the screentime that Liv’s magician shenanigans get, but what we do see really pumps up the characters in terms of development. The stories at work seem kind of shallow when you consider the long term. Witnessing the difficulty Major has of adjusting to dating a zombie serves to humanize his character. Ravi’s struggle with living with Peyton and the awkwardness that comes with it is a situation that we can all empathize with. Finally, Babineux’s burgeoning relationship with Dale and how it connects to his investigation in to Meat Cute makes for a sound conflict of interest that threatens to destabilize his professionalism. All of these are driving forces behind these characters’ conflicts and they help us empathize with their mindsets and struggles going in to future episodes. They’re what keep the side characters from feeling too superfluous. These little seeds helped me connect with each one of their hardships, and stay invested in the supporting cast. Well, that and clever dialogue, likable personalities, and relatable situations. I suppose that helps.
Final Word: iZombie touches very briefly on some tough themes about relationships, but for the most part acts as a very one-shot kind of story. Luckily it’s a story worth watching.
“Abra Cadaver” gets a 8.0/10. Every one of the characters gets enough development, and the main story is a joy to follow along with. A few seeds are planted for the future episodes, and one very big one that I can’t wait to see come to fruition.