iZombie S:02 E:19

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Episode Title: Salivation Army
Original Airdate: 4-12-16

Even though they aired Eps. 18 and 19 back-to-back last week, I had to split the reviews up to give them each enough attention. I had planned on posting this last week, but never got around to finishing it, so here it is a week later.

Stacy Boss sends his goons to take out Don E. and Chief when he realizes Blaine’s Utopium is still being sold. Chief dies, but Don E. convinces the hitmen that Blaine is still alive, just as he walks through the door. Blaine escapes, but Don E. tells Boss’s goons that Blaine was sleeping with Peyton, while ratting out Boss. Don E. is shot in the chest, but now that he’s a zombie, he lives. Blaine shows up at Peyton and Liv’s, infuriating Ravi. Blaine leaves again to get some dinner, but while he’s gone the goons show up and kidnap Peyton, hoping that it will prompt Blaine to turn himself in. When Blaine returns, he and Ravi (who’s just gotten back together with Peyton) go to Boss’s office. As Ravi waits in the car, Blaine takes out all of Boss’s men and saves Peyton, who is extremely scared and grateful, much to Ravi’s chagrin.

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iZombie S:02 E:16

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Episode Title: Pour Some Sugar, Zombie
Original Airdate: 3-29-16

This week Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a stripper, who had just called Peyton with the intention of ratting out her two-timing boyfriend who just happens to work for Stacy Boss. Of course the boyfriend is a suspect, plus several other strippers and that weird weatherman who pops up as a suspect from time to time, Johnny Frost. One day it really will be him, I swear. Liv’s secondhand personality is mainly a lot of yelling at people, but there is one weird scene where she gives Peyton a lap dance at a strip club to try to trigger a vision. It doesn’t work.

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The Walking Dead S:06 E:11

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Episode Title: Knots Untie
Original Airdate: 2-28-16

Things cooled off a little this week, but the Group’s world has now opened up to many more possibilities. After letting Rick and Michonne put some clothes on in private, Jesus tells them he is a scout for his community. He looks for other survivor camps with which to potentially open a trade of goods. Rick, Michonne, Maggie, Glenn, Daryl and Abraham agree to take Jesus home and discuss trading options with his leader. On the way, they save several members from Jesus’s group after a car accident, including a doctor who was an OB before the apocalypse, lucky for Maggie and Glenn.

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iZombie S:02 E:14

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Episode Title: Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind
Original Airdate: 2-23-16

This week we met the peppier side of our zombie heroine, after she ate the smashed brains of the owner of a local coffee shop. The victim stepped outside to admire some sidewalk art and got an air conditioner window unit dropped on her noggin. Ouch. It was a pretty standard case with an ex-lover running the rival coffee shop across the street, a thieving employee and a stingy daughter. The thing that did surprise me about the case was that they actually solved it, but the mastermind still got away while someone else took the fall. Usually Liv and Clive get their man (or woman) in the end. Sadly I wasn’t really down with Liv’s secondhand optimism acquired through her brainscotti. She spent most of the episode being obnoxiously positive, but it served no purpose. Though she straightened up by the end when she finally discovered that Gilda is Rita and Rita is Gilda (thanks to a perfectly timed visit from Major who is also now privy to this info) and then punched her in the face, before evicting her. Finally! It was a very satisfying sight to see.

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The Walking Dead S:06 E:10

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Episode Title: The Next World
Original Airdate: 2-21-16

A very different kind of episode this week picks up two months after the mid-season premiere (according to Danai Gurira on The Talking Dead), as Alexandria has picked itself back up and continues to move forward. Rick and Daryl head out on a supply run, because food and other essentials are becoming scarce. They find a truck already loaded with lots of goodies, but it is soon stolen by Jesus. That’s right, Jesus literally takes the wheel here (thanks, Twitter!).

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iZombie S:02 E:13

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Episode Title: The Whopper
Original Airdate: 2-16-16

While digging for the tainted Utopium in the empty field, Ravi and Major come across a body, but not the one they’re looking for. Clive and Liv begin to investigate, and the victim was a pathological liar, who also worked for Stacy Boss. Liv gladly makes a burger out of his brain, hoping to trigger a vision of where the tainted U might be buried, and by the end of the episode she achieves her goal and the trio finally find their buried “treasure,” and not a moment too soon, because Ravi’s test rat (that was cured, but reverted back to Team Z) dies.

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The Walking Dead S:06 E:09

TWD S6 Promo

Episode Title: No Way Out
Original Airdate: 2-14-16

I think my heart rate has slowed enough to write about last night’s episode, but if my words turn to gibberish, just know I’m having another aftershock. Yeah, it was that good.

We left the group scattered throughout Alexandria, and the surrounding area, after a herd collapsed part of the wall. This episode picks up with the stinger of the mid-season finale as Daryl, Sasha and Abraham are stopped by ten guys on motorcycles demanding everything they have, because their property now belongs to Negan, an infamous villain from the comic. While Daryl is dragged to the back of tanker he boosted to hand over anything else they may be hiding, the leader toys with Sasha and Abraham, over whether or not he will kill one, or both of them, until he and all of his buddies are suddenly blown sky high, as Daryl managed to quietly dispose of his chaperone, then take the bad guys out with the handy rocket launcher (for lack of a better term) Abraham picked up during their detour. Looks like Negan will have to wait a bit for his introduction.

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iZombie S:02 E:10

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Episode Title: Method Head
Original Airdate: 1-12-16

My favorite zombie is back after the holidays. Things weren’t looking too good for our undead heroine before the break. Clive dropped her from partner duties and she dumped Major for not being able to accept her dietary side effects, though for exes, she and Major really get along very well, almost too well to believe at times.

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iZombie S:01 E:02

Episode: Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
Original Airdate: 3-24-15

Liv and company are back again this week with another strong offering that really jumps into a few the heart of what format this show will ultimately follow. There’s a bit more fleshing out of what happens to Liv when she gets her brain fix with hilarious results, and there’s also the introduction of the darker side of the undead with the first real introduction of the guy who seemingly started it all and hasn’t really stopped yet, Blaine. This show is already growing on me more than any of the other shows I’ve been watching the past couple years. Liv is adorable and funny as the lead, and this episode introduces how she will be able to adjust her personality depending on who the victim was each week. And the Blaine subplot is one that has the potential to explore the darker side of the zombie trade.
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The Walking Dead S:05 E:09

The Walking Dead

Episode Title: What Happened and What’s Going On
Original Airdate: 2-8-15

After the heartbreaking mid-season finale where we had to say an abrupt, though not surprising, goodbye to Beth, The Walking Dead returned to break our hearts once more, but in a far more shocking way. In the opening moments, Noah tells Rick his plan to go home to Richmond, VA where his community of survivors have walls to keep out the dead. Rick decides to go, though few of the group have any hope the place will still be standing. After all, in his premiere episode, Noah did say he hadn’t been there in over a year. With the Rick, Glenn, Michonne, and Tyreese accompanying Noah in one truck, the remainder of the group take a van and stay a good distance back. Of course, as assumed the once gated haven has been overrun for some time. As Rick, Glenn and Michonne do a quick sweep for supplies, a distraught Noah runs to find his mother and younger twin brothers. As Noah cries over his mother’s corpse in one room, Tyreese sweeps the remainder of the house and hears one of the turned twin boys clawing at a door. He decides to leave him be and finds the other dead in his bed. What the big man wasn’t expecting was that the twins had adjoining rooms and Tyreese turns around just in time for the undead brother to deliver a terrible bite to his forearm.

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