It’s been seven minutes since iZombie season 3 episode 1 ‘Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother’ aired and I’m still reeling from excitement. What a jam packed episode! I hope many of you Zoms out there got to watch it. This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, be forewarned!
We start the episode out almost a half hour after the events of season 2’s finale. Part of me believed the show would wait before showing us Fillmore Graves’s leader Vivian Stoll’s true intentions. But, right off the bat, we know exactly what the tough as nails zombie is intending. And already I have a feeling that she isn’t the evil baddie we’re so used to. Season 3 will only have 13 episodes; unlike the previous season (which had 19). I imagine Rob Thomas did not want to waste any time.
Obviously, a lot happened in season 2’s finale. And each character deals with the consequences in a different way. Ravi is clearly upset by the discovery of Peyton and Blaine’s former romantic tryst. Clive has to deal with finding out zombies exist, which seems hard for him up until the end of the episode. Although Blaine doesn’t remember who he is still, he seems to have gained somewhat of his old personality. As well as Shady Plots, after Don E figuratively stuck his foot in his mouth. And Major is having to face the repercussions of being the Chaos Killer.
Finally, we have Liv. Eating Janko’s brain allowed Liv to not feel any sort of remorse or despair from having to kill her boyfriend Drake. With the brain wearing off, she is forced to come to terms with her actions. It broke my heart. Liv already had to deal with her boyfriend Lowell being killed in the first season. According to producer Rob Thomas, we won’t have to deal with the same trope a third time (we can only hope).
Again, this episode was jam-packed. I had heard we’d be meeting Ravi’s old boss from the CDC, but I didn’t think it’d be so soon. We get a small glimpse into Clive’s life and an event at the end of the episode tells us, Clive is more willing to side with the zombies than he previously thought. Plus, Robert Knepper returns as Blaine’s dad Angus McDonough; a sign of only more trouble to come.
Major’s New Groove
Life is hard for Major Lilywhite. Especially after being painted by the papers as the Chaos Killer. Although his case was dropped, it’s not a detail people will soon forget. This makes finding a job very hard and considering his previous employer is now dead, he needs work. Every season, Major is always caught up with something crazy and this year is no different. I find it incredibly ironic the zombie killer is now happily finding his place among Fillmore Grave.
Overall, I loved this episode. After a year of waiting, iZombie delivered in taking care of its fanbase. There was never a dull moment and they made sure to touch upon every event from season 2’s finale, so no stone was left unturned. I have no idea where they’re going to go with this season, but that’s the fun of it.
iZombie will return next week with its second episode, featuring a father and daughter duo brain for Liv and Major to consume.