iZombie: Twenty-Sided, Die

“Don’t narrate, just be.”

Some of the investigations this season have been very much PD-by-the-numbers, but ‘Twenty-Sided, Die’ is a great example of how iZombie can change the game at any time.

The case of the week here involved a deceased Dungeons and Dragons game master, which inevitably led to some funny moments. Rose McIver is wonderful at tackling such vastly different personalities week-to-week and the brain here is no different. You can tell she enjoyed the hell out of playing this nerdy megalomaniac with a taste for the dramatic. Though I did feel like the game of D&D the gang played went on a bit too long, I almost didn’t notice because of how brilliant she was in the scene. In fact, I would say that it was a fantastic example of how strong the chemistry is between the entire cast, which has grown so much this season.

The investigation here was fun to watch unfold, with characters like Jimmy and creepy IT guy coming back and providing a touch of familiarity of the proceedings. But in the end, it proved to be just a catalyst for Bozzio’s return. I have to say, I’m happy to see her back on the show, particularly because I enjoy any opportunity to see more of Clive. I’m also happy to see how the series can take the standard formula and turn it on its head half way through an episode. We didn’t get our usual confession from the suspect, instead we learned of the victim’s involvement in something far more sinister than an intense board game gone wrong. Hopefully we get to see how this FBI investigation unfolds, if only to keep Bozzio in the picture for as long as possible.

Peyton’s probe into the Dominatrix case is finally linked back to the zombie underworld, after she had a slightly shady confrontation with the potential (zombie) Mayor Baracus. Also worth noting, he was already a suspect in the original investigation; now he’s pretty much suspect number one. Did FG play a role in saving him from prosecution? And, of course, who tried to have him killed? Was it the zombie truthers or someone else?

They seemed to have Baracus pegged as a zombie suspect, so the truthers’ intel is pretty accurate. Ravi’s role as a mole during their get together proved vital in stopping them from causing a massive zombie apocalypse of their own making, but I don’t know how much more Ravi can singlehandedly stop before they cross the line. And they can only be more dangerous now that they have an actual zombie locked away.

Poor Don E. Did he take a more potent part of Blaine’s serum soaked brain or did he just eat too much? Will he return to normal zombie form or is he stuck in a feral state from now on? I hope he’s not because I’ve grown to like him recently, and I love having him around as Blaine’s “person”. Bryce Hodgson is fantastic as well. He’s able to command a lot of attention in such a small role.

Plus

All of Liv’s narrating on game master brain made me think about how little we’ve had Liv’s voice over this season.

Ravi’s fake accent...

It’s nice that Ravi hid all of Major’s hate mail so he wouldn’t get upset, but why didn’t he just destroy it? Reading it all at once probably did more damage to Major than reading a bit at a time.

How adorable was Clive during the D&D game?

Major met up with a woman named Shawna, who seems to know about him being innocent of being the Chaos Killer. What is she guilty/not guilty of?

Stacey Boss is back! I’m guessing Blaine is in big trouble.

He Said, She Said

Major: “Lich, please.”

Liv: “I think playing all night might've been a bad idea.”
Clive: “Now that I've leveled up, I get two attacks a round. That's gonna be tight.”

You could see this season’s big picture starting to take shape here, particularly during the party scene when Peyton and Liv’s b-plots merged together. The zombie vs. Human war is also starting to kick off, with both sides getting more and more riled up. It’s the best part about iZombie’s story machinations. All of the seemingly small-fry stuff almost always plays a role in the major narrative in some way. We’re starting to see that come to play again, and it’s such a rewarding experience for viewers who tune in week to week.

4 out of 5 lichs.

Originally posted at PandaTV.

4 comments:

Heather1 said...

I enjoyed it too. Was glad that Liv was able to clue Peyton in on the potential mayor being a client of the murder victim. I hate when there is miscommunication in shows that would normally happen... and then some situations occur that really shouldn't; they seem manufactured. If Peyton pursues this, at least she won't be stupidly in the dark.

And of course, during the game, I kept thinking of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, a fantastic Season 2 episode of Community. Aaaaahhh... vintage Community, how I miss you!

migmit said...

O. M. Goodness. I never expected Bozzio to return, and I never expected Boss to return. And now — boom!

Russian report: whatever phrases I saw on those blueprints seemed surprisingly accurate. OK, maybe a professional physicist would rip those to shreds, but to me they looked quite believable. The title on the right said "Water-water nuclear reactor", the big label in the middle — "fuel rods", I even noticed a label saying "fuel rods remote control system". I'm really impressed. And I want that image for my screensaver.

I think the main suspect in Baracus shooting is Baracus himself. Blaine even pointed out that it would do wonders to his poll numbers.

Can we please start the next episode (which I really need to see RIGHT NOW!!!) with Ravi getting two tranquilser darts and shooting both those kidnappers?

My own reaction to those board games is pretty much the same as Peyton's.

"Do I look like a nerd?" Ha!

Patryk said...

I love how the case remained unsolved while still providing excellent scenes with Dungeon Master Live. I love how all the major plotlines got atention this week. I love how they are ocming together and I love the return of 2 recurring characters. That was five out of 4 stars for me.

I think that FG arranged the shooting, Notice how Logan immediately knows where to shoot the sniper and of course FG need a zombie mayor.

The girl writing to Major will probably be crazy and insane and looking for a crazy insane soulamte.

You know that I got the pun in FillmoreGraves just like 2 weeks ago? I love all the names in this show.

Anonymous said...

Bozzio is back..Like on the 100 Jessica Harmon brings great presence and a coolness to a character that isn't main focus.
That art dude and faux vampire are increasingly fun too..Hope they continue to appear. That Liv dominatrix drawing though lol.