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REVIEW: iZombie 1×03 “The Exterminator”

Written by Alex Reale

Is it just me, or has the acting in iZombie dropped in quality since last week’s episode? The entire show overall seems to be plummeting fast and I’m starting to have doubts about its continued survival. (spoilers ahead!)

One of the major problems with this episode is that there is too much going on at once. Every hit show typically has A and B plots. What makes these plots work so well is that they have some relevance to each other. In “The Exterminator”, the two plots really have no connection besides tiny details. I don’t see a point in having them going on simultaneously when they should’ve been their own separate episodes.

The first plot revolves around a new “Seattle Zombie”, an undead girl found in an abandoned part of the city by these two guys who are attempting to film their own horror movie. The only part of the episode I actually enjoyed was this slight homage to cliche horror tropes, especially when the two characters actually refer to themselves as virgins.

After finding the picture of the Seattle Zombie on Facebook, Liv and Ravi head to the location to get a better look, but not before Liv chows down on the brain of her latest patient. Turns out that the brain made Liv apathetic to the point that, when she sees that the Seattle Zombie is a girl she knew from the hospital, she starts throwing rocks at her! Ravi’s idea is to feed SZ some brains to see if it will trigger her to un-zombify, and then check back in a few days. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work, and Liv actually ends up bashing SZ’s brains in with a rock to stop her from killing Ravi.

The apathetic attitude affects Liv’s personal life as well. She sees her ex-fiance with his new girlfriend and doesn’t even care. But she does care about the fact that she doesn’t care. Does that make sense? I kinda get what they were trying to do, but it’s not very well portrayed. It’s a shame since it could’ve been a unique and engaging concept had it been executed properly.

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The other plot of the episode revolves around a murder case involving a homeless man, an angel investor, and other people. Just like with last week’s plot, I got lost quickly. Half the time, I didn’t know who was who and why they did what. Other shows make it easy to follow along in these complex plot-lines, but iZombie fails in this aspect. I’m frustrated that I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that throws me off. Maybe it’s the generic look of all these characters involved with the murder? Either way, this plot required re-watching on my part to fully understand. I can’t exactly summarize this subplot accurately in my review, so I recommend checking out this detailed recap if you were lost.

The acting is just horrendous. The characters had their over-the-top moments in previous episodes, but this one takes the cake. Are the actors and actresses even trying anymore? Everything felt extremely scripted and forced. Imagine Tara Reid‘s role in Sharknado and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I mean. The only people who give a decent performance are Blaine (in the two or three lines he has this episode) and Liv’s roommate Peyton.

There’s not much else to say about this episode. It was less-than-subpar and it doesn’t make me too excited for next week, or the rest of the season for that matter. I feel like it’s only enjoyable if you were a fan of the comics at this point. Otherwise, you might want to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. instead since it airs at the same time.

Final Grade: D

+ The two guys’ homage to horror movie cliches at the beginning was funny.

 

– The murder subplot was convoluted and unnecessarily complex.

– Almost everyone’s acting was terrible.

– Everything else.

 

Extra Thought:

– How has nobody deduced that Liv is a zombie yet?

Are you tired of iZombie already? Or did this episode keep you entertained? Tell us what you think in the comments or on Twitter!

About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!