Aren’t you bored of the zombie genre? Damn right you aren’t! Here are a couple of real-life things that you should know right now: Season Two of iZombie has started filming. Fans voted this as the Best New Fandom (read: Show) for the MTV Fandom Awards Special. And iZombie is awesome–presumably that is why you are reading this, or maybe our SEO is really on point.
Our first season of The CW’s brainy cop-comedy with mix of action/drama left on a high note where they managed to close many of the plot lines started at the beginning of the season while spinning a half-dozen or so new threads that have spilled over into the second season. You can argue that most of these are simple cliffhangers, the “what is he/she going to do next?” moments, however, in opposition to that, I did not feel that the finale cheated me out of disposition that should have been wrapped up but was left open to stretch out the story.
We’re going to talk about some things that we want to see happen/resolved in Season Two when it premieres on October 6!
6. The Fresh and Tasty Personalities
If you’ve never seen an episode, stop and go watch. If you’re continuing to read this I’ll tell you that each episode plays with the “case of the week” trope and with such we get to see Liv Moore eat the brains of the unfortunate victim so she can gain insight into the events leading up to their last moments. Doing so gives Liv a new personality–that of the victim. Last season we saw Liv develop alcoholism; come down with a case of PTSD and a talent for sharpshooting; become a gossip queen, all for the sake of solving murders. And comedy. And drama.
This is a double-edged sword. Yes, Liv rides the emotional roller-coaster and is left open to be as cool or goofy of a character as the writers can dream up, however it detracts from the actual character of Liv Moore. They do try to wrangle the context of the episode to how Liv should be feeling according to the overarching story, though it seems like thirteen ways of saying the same thing. Getting personalities that are really out there can keep it fresh but they also don’t need to have her flipping every episode. The acceptance of the slow-burning plot in mainstream TV could support this idea where if they hit one new brain that really affects Liv, they can take it a show or two down the line. Preferably they’ll have at least one episode where she’s just true-blue Liv Moore.
5. New Alliances
We all love the Ravi/Liv dynamic and the expanding of that teaming to include Detective Babineaux. Anything outside of the main trio though, there aren’t any real friendships. Peyton ran away from the entire show when she found out Liv’s true nature, at the same time leaving Ravi loveless and our hearts broken. Major was a one-man mope-show until he became a one-man army, but now that he also knows that Liv is a zombie (and he’s a cured one!) will he join Peyton on the lam or will he try to be more active as a vigilante, assisting Babineaux when he can?
And then we have Blaine, the very human, very out-of-business Blaine. He was our main baddy in the first season but he wasn’t truly malevolent, in my opinion, which leaves this character as a bit of a floater. Blaine could hitch up with Max Rager, the energy drink Corporation, who can pay him insane amounts of money as a sort of informant or possible hit-man. Also, Blaine could come closer to Liv, who is really the closet person still left sort-of alive to him, as far as we know that is.
Of course, they’ll probably bring in a new character (more on that below) that will be central to the second season and we are sure to see a swath of deceit and trust and shaky dealings.
4. A More Savage Liv
Liv has killed and eaten a whole bunch of people, and yet she’s still perky, lovable and good-willed. As a zombie, she has the ability to get all red in the eyes inducing her in a sort-of zombie drunken rage. Super-strength, nigh invulnerability, at the cost of a total loss of control. Not near the same level as the Hulk, but enough that it could lead to an accident if left unchecked.
We get one great instance of Liv’s other side when Sebastian (who attempted to get rid of her by sinking her to the bottom of a lake and accidentally ingests some of her blood turning zombie himself) shows up in her apartment and the two have an all out zom-brawl. This is not the first taste we get of this, not even with Sebastian, but it is absolutely the most satisfying with the scene being bookended by Liv plunging a knife, stuck already through her palm, into Sebastian’s temple. It was the first time I felt that Liv on her own was truly a danger, obviously to herself and friends, but to everyone that tries to cross her or them as well. That she could defend herself wholeheartedly. With a more dire conflict, we could potentially see this side be brought out more and not necessarily with a consistent championing outcome.