iZombie 4.12: You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away

Some of the issues prevalent in the previous episode are course corrected, here. The plotting was tighter, the characterization more affecting and what felt partially formed previously was far more integral this time around.

iZombie 4.11: Insane in the Germ Brain

Traditionally, this is the point in a standard season of iZombie where everything starts to come together. The same can be said for this episode, but while previous seasons have felt organic in how they’ve merged all of the different plot strands floating around at that particular point, there was something stilted about what transpired here.

iZombie 4.07: Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain

This was the first major misstep of the season. The murder mystery was dull, the victim was reprehensible, and the rest of the characters spent their time either being party to Liv’s chauvinistic behavior (Ravi), or just being plain gross all on their own (Major). Thankfully, the moral complexity of the recurring arcs kept things afloat elsewhere.

iZombie 4.06: My Really Fair Lady

“Are we good, or do we need that in a wide?”

Since iZombie is a show that’s reliant on the prominent aspects of an individual’s personality to drive any given episode, there’s an inherent risk of the writers leaning into more of a caricature of who that individual was, rather than a personal exploration of what made them who they are; not to mention how they affect Liv and those around her. ‘My Really Fair Lady’ opens with a zany and entertaining musical number, with the incredibly talented Rachel Bloom at the helm, but it had me worried that we were in for an hour of Liv performing show-stoppers in the midst of a criminal investigation. Thankfully, the writers side-stepped any narrative awkwardness by grounding the more outrageous aspects of this theater nut’s brain in a deeply affecting story.

iZombie 4.05: Goon Struck

We’re just a few episodes into the season and the writers are continuing to push the boundaries of this show by asking some hard questions. ‘Goon Struck’ was permeated by a filler case, but its ties to the turbulent world that these characters exist in took precedent, with each of them forced into tough positions by the time the credits rolled.

iZombie 4.04: Brainless in Seattle, Part 2

“I remember this episode of Grey's Anatomy.”

Though the first half of ‘Brainless in Seattle’ ended on a terrifying note, the second half ended up returning to the wackier tone that this two-parter started out on. It was a nice surprise to see the writers focus so heavily on the lighter aspects of the show over a longer narrative stretch, but it does make me wonder if this was a story befitting of two parts.

iZombie 4.03: Brainless in Seattle, Part 1

Despite starting out as light romcom inspired entertainment, this episode trades the Bridget Jones jokes half way through for something far darker, giving the show a chance to show off its ability to easily tackle vastly different tones in a short space of time.