Episode Title: Astroburger
Original Airdate: 5-26-15
Things are really coming to a bit of a climax as characters are starting to converge with each other in more ways than one, and things are starting to get crazy in more ways than one as Liv gets a crazy brain in her this week. And even though I should have suspected which way things were going to go, I was still shocked at a couple turn of events at the end of this episode. There’s quite a bit of wish fulfillment combined with one of the worst possible things to happen topped with one of the best things that could happen. One of the best episodes so far in the season and I cannot wait for the last two episodes to see how this all plays out.
Last week Major made a friend and seemingly two minutes later that friend has been killed. And even though the mystery of who actually killed Scott E. was more or less handled in the background, there was a lot more important things going on with his old friends. Of course, it doesn’t help that he suffers from schizophrenia. And even though I’ve seen A Beautiful Mind, it did catch me off guard at how strongly it affected Liv in a couple different ways. Throughout the episode, we see her reconnect with Major and she even tells him that zombies are in fact real and she is in fact one of them. They have a moment, it’s beautiful. She also starts palling around with the local weatherman who bought drugs from Scott E. and spent a lot of time hanging around, getting high, and watching movies. That is, until she realizes that he has been a hallucination the entire time. Not only that, but it turns out that the rekindling Major was also her own hallucination, a projection of the Major that she wants him to be. But instead, Major finds out on his own about the zombies and their brains and his plan is to kill them all.
Besides all of that drama, there’s also a few nice little background running gags. The first less background one are the talking devils. Scott E. had been known to talk to himself and say he was talking to a devil, and we get to see the conversation continue with Liv and the cheese puff mascot devil. It’s handled hilariously, especially since it’s played somewhere inbetween where she knows that it’s part of a hallucination, but she’s still unable to completely ignore it. There’s also the more background gag about the missing astronaut that was mentioned an episode or two ago which Blaine is now using as an ultra premium brain to give his clients the memories of walking on the moon, for a combined total of a couple million dollars.
But if all that wasn’t enough, there are a couple show stopper moments to end the episode. First off is when Liv finally finds the video of Scott E. from the boating disaster, the most prominent brain eating zombie shown on film is none other than Liv herself. This obviously brings in the question of whether or not anyone that wasn’t a hallucination has a copy of the video. And on the other end of the spectrum, Ravi has managed to cure his little zombie rat and has a nice little brown rat back in the cage. It’s tough to know exactly how this is going to play out, as I doubt that Liv will be cured since season 2 is just around the corner. And yet, there has to be some sort of halfway solution because there are way too many zombies in Seattle at this point. I think that the amount of time spent being a zombie could tie into the cure, but that also seems like an easy out. I also don’t think that the Captain’s condition can stay a secret from Ravi and Liv for much longer, I would be surprised if they don’t find out next episode.