TV Review: iZombie (Season 4, Episode 4)
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This week's iZombie is the second half of a two parter - an unusual move for the show so early in the season, departing slightly from the serialized, case of the week format. Whilst this week's case perhaps didn't really need two episodes to be resolved, what this two parter does do, is give the characters room to breathe. Some of the side stories which are not possible to explore in a single episode also come to the fore, and that is where this second part of our double episode really shines. I have to admit, Liv's hopeless romantic addled brain did get a little on my nerves. One episode of it was fine, but coming into a second episode, it was a little tiresome. The format of the hopeless romantic, desperate for love, works in rom-coms because there is a level of earnestness behind it - the person really does want to find love. It doesn't work so well here, because we know that Liv is only like this because of the brain she's on, so instead of being endearing, it's just irritating. However, the fantasy romantic moment with Liv coming down the stairs to a classic romantic tune and dancing with her "love interest" was well done. The case of the week comes to a rather dull and unsatisfying finish, as it didn't really need two parts to be told. I did like that Ravi had a chance to be in the spotlight with this case, as he isn't usually, but the way everything unfolded just bored me. There's a lot of discussions between Liv, Clive and Ravi in cars, only to end up with Ravi trapping the guy by posing as a posh British businessman before a SWAT team swoops in to catch him. The most entertaining thing about the whole subplot is Ravi putting on a Royal-style posh British accent and that's about it. And I swear, if everyone doesn't call Ravi "Pickles" from now on, I will be supremely disappointed!
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