REVIEW: IZOMBIE – SEASON 3

MAIN CAST

Rose McIver (Power Rangers RPM)
Malcolm Goodwin (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
Rahul Kohli (Supergirl)
Robert Buckley (Killer Movie)
David Anders (Thge Vampire Diaries)
Aly Michalka (Grown Ups 2)RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Andrea Savage (Veep)
Robert Knepper (Stargate Universe)
Robert Salvador (Arrow)
Bryce Hodgson  (X-Men 2)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Christina Cox (Elysium)
Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham)
Peter Kelamis (50/50)
Panou (Caprica)
Tongayi Chirisa (Sleepy Hollow)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)
Brooke Lyons (2 Broke Girls)
Daran Norris (Veronica Mars)
Kurt Evans (Sanctuary)
Anjali Jay (Power Rangers)
Ken Marino (Agent Carter)
Camille Mitchell (Legion)
Roger Cross (Arrow)
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
Patrick Gallagher (Sideways)
Eddie Jemison (Waitress)
Jessica Harmon (Hollow Man II)
Andrew Caldwell (Henry Danger)
Brendan Fletcher (Smallville)
James Pizzinato (Godzilla)
Ella Cannon (Neighbours)
Robert Ri’chard (The Vampire Diaries)
Greg Finley (The FLash)
Sarah Jurgens (Two Hands To Mouth)
Carrie Anne Fleming (Supernatural)
Francoise Yip (Blade Trinity)
Neil Grayston (Spooked)
Eileen Pedde (Dark Angel)

Will Seattle become the capital of the zombie homeland? In season three, Liv has discovered there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously believed, including a private military contractor employing a zombie army that is preparing for the day humans learn of their existence. Major finds acceptance in this army, and Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may set off an all-out zombie-human war. Ravi’s former boss at the Center for Disease Control shows up in Seattle to investigate the Max Rager massacre. Blaine finds living as a human with no memory of his evil past is more blessing than curse. Peyton pulls at a thread in one of her cases that may lead to the villain that’s pulling all the strings. This action-packed season will see Liv take on the traits of a dominatrix, a Jackass style stunt man, an office gossip, a pre-school teacher, a conspiracy theorist, a dungeon master, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON ARE:

3.1) Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother

Vivian Stoll is the new owner of the company Fillmore-Graves. Her military team bombs the building to destroy evidence of the zombie outbreak. Frustrated with Blaine’s amnesia, Don E. allies with Angus, Blaine’s father, to form a rival company to Blaine’s. Liv, Major, and Clive visit Vivian at her office, where she tells them that most of her company employees are zombies who are undergoing military training to defend themselves if humans attack them on “D-Day”, or “Discovery Day”, the day when humans find out about zombies. Ravi tells Liv that he is upset about Blaine and Peyton’s growing attraction to each other. Ravi shows Clive the experiments he’s been conducting to restore memory loss, a side-effect of the zombie cure. At a radio show, Billy, one of the security guards of Max Rager, who was there during the outbreak, announces live that he saw zombies eating people. When no one else will hire him, Major gets a job at Fillmore-Graves as a mercenary. Dr. Kupps, Ravi’s old boss, examines a body found at Max Rager’s. Liv and Ravi go to a murder scene to find Clive devastated, since he knew the murder victims; they were zombies. Liv and Clive realize that some humans know of the existence of zombies and are attacking them.3.2) Zombie Knows Best

Liv and Major eat the brains of Stan and his daughter Cindy, respectively. Liv, acting like a 40-year-old, tries to relate to Major, who is acting like a 15-year-old. Major has a vision of Cindy showing something on her phone from a friend, Winslow, to her father, which he tells her to take to the police. Vivian announces her intention to have District Attorney Baracus elected mayor. Clive, Major, and Liv investigate Winslow’s family. Liv has a vision of Cindy’s phone revealing Winslow’s step-father committed statutory rape. They find a parental controls app on Winslow’s phone revealing Winslow’s mother knew about the relationship between her husband and Winslow. She confesses and she and her husband are arrested. Cavanaugh interviews Clive about the murder of Wally and his family. Clive is revealed to have been a neighbor of the family. During a domestic disturbance, Clive arrested Wally’s father. Over time Clive grew close to the family including regular dinners and babysitting Wally. When Wally’s father was about to be released from prison, Anna and Wally moved from the apartment to avoid Wally’s father. Unfortunately for Clive, he was on a two-weeks case and unable to say goodbye.3.3) Eat, Pray, Liv

Major takes some time getting used to training and the new lunches being offered. After failing several exercises, he becomes friends with a man who used to be a DJ, Justin. Meanwhile, Liv eats the brain of a mindfulness instructor, channeling his zen personality. As Clive and Liv investigate his death, Liv proves to be less than useful due to her lack of visions. Major invites his new friend for dinner, but has a coughing fit. Blaine settles into his new job as a lounge singer and spends some time with Peyton. Meanwhile, Blaine’s father and Don E. set up their new business, the “Scratching Post”. Ravi tries to convince Blaine to try the memory serum that he has been working on. Blaine agrees to take the serum in order to help Major. Clive and Liv interrogate an old friend of the mindfulness instructor, and accuse him of being the killer, thanks to Clive’s detective skills. Later, when Peyton confronts him, Ravi finally admits his feelings for her, which causes catastrophic results.3.4) Wag the Tongue Slowly

Liv eats the brain of an office gossip after she is poisoned to death by a yogurt. Delving into the gossip surrounding the sales company, Liv receives many complaints about the victim. Liv and Clive also review possible suspects for the murder of Wally and his family by scouting an online Anti-Zombie forum. Major has another coughing fit, but is saved in the nick of time by using a special inhaler. Ravi gives Major the cure and tells him to use it only in case of emergency. Peyton looks after Blaine while he waits for Ravi’s serum to kick in, which makes them grow closer. Clive and Liv track down a man whose brother was killed in the outbreak at Max Rager, but don’t have any solid evidence to tie him to Wally’s murder. Meanwhile, Major finally finds Natalie and gives her Ravi’s cure.3.5) Spanking The Zombie

Fillmore-Graves mercenaries fight overseas and end a hostage situation. During the battle, Major receives numerous stab wounds. His condition begins to deteriorate as his wounds fail to heal. Meanwhile, Liv eats the brain of a dominatrix named Roxanne Greer who was strangled in her dungeon by her own whip. Although she was cremated, Ravi kept her brain to test his memory loss cure on. After investigating the crime scene, Liv and Clive find that Greer taped all her sessions, but the memory card is missing. They suspect that the killer could be anyone from her client list, which includes D.A. Baracus, Johnny Frost, and Brent Stone. Later, Liv and Clive find that the killer is the victim’s neighbor, who used the tapes to blackmail her clients. Don E. has trouble finding employees for the Scratching Post. He later meets up with Blaine’s old buyer of utopium and offers him a job in exchange for supplying him with more. Later, Ravi is ready to cure Major, but Liv stops him, knowing that Major would die from his stab wounds if turned human. She buys them more time and, the next morning, Major takes the cure despite the risk of memory loss.3.6) Some Like It Hot Mess

Major begins to regain his humanity after taking the cure, but both Liv and Ravi fear what will happen if he loses his memories for good. Clive investigates the murder of a narcissistic DJ, and when Liv eats her brain, she begins to act out and behave irresponsibly. One of Don E.’s clients offers him $1 million for Ravi’s cure, but the latter refuses to sell it. However, Don E.’s suggestion that Blaine is merely faking his memory loss to get a fresh start intrigues Ravi, and he mentions it to Peyton. Later, Blaine admits that, while he did initially lose his memory, it returned in a couple of days, and he pretended otherwise in a bid to win Peyton’s affections. Major returns to his family just as his memories fade, but they soon come back. Clive deduces that the victim’s roommate is the murderer, and is surprised to learn that Liv intends to take the cure herself and become human. However, someone steals Ravi’s supplies from the morgue. When Major returns, he reveals that he did have one last syringe that Ravi gave him earlier, but had already given it to Natalie.3.7) Dirt Nap Time

Clive is shocked to find that Liv is still a zombie; nevertheless, he has her eat the brain of a murdered preschool teacher who engaged in multiple affairs with his students’ mothers. Meanwhile, Peyton agrees to help the public defender representing the suspect from the dominatrix murder convince his client to take a plea deal. However, a high-priced lawyer persuades him to reject the deal, and he later commits suicide in his cell. Major reveals to Justin, his close friend at Fillmore-Graves, that he is human again. Clive and Liv are able to locate a private investigator hired by the husband of one of the victim’s partners, learning that the husband is the real killer. Don E. informs Blaine that he is buying out his business with the help of Blaine’s assistant, Candy; one of his men then shoots and severely wounds Blaine on his father’s orders. Major and Justin are sent to intercept two anti-zombie militants planning to kill District Attorney Baracus, but in the process, Justin gets run over and attacks Harley Johns and a fellow militant, unintentionally providing them with video evidence that zombies are real.3.8) Eat a Knievel

Vivian holds a meeting with Major, Liv, and Clive to discuss the fallout after the release of the zombie footage; afterwards, she takes Major off active duty after confirming that he is no longer a zombie before dying in an accident when her helicopter explodes. An Internet stuntman, Finn Vincible, is killed when a performance goes horribly wrong, and Liv eats his brain to determine that a prank he pulled on his friend, Rudy, is connected to his death. Blaine, having narrowly escaped death by bribing the hitman, reveals his survival to Don E., who then informs his father. Clive and Liv search Rudy’s house and discover that his wife had an affair with Finn, which angered Rudy so much that he decided to murder him. Blaine abducts his father and imprisons him in a well, taking over his business. Vivian’s brother-in-law, Chase Graves, arrives and assumes control of Fillmore-Graves, declaring that its soldiers must begin preparations for “Discovery Day”. Liv disguises herself as a human and tries to infiltrate an anti-zombie meeting along with Ravi, but is forced to leave him behind when she nearly gets recognized.3.9) Twenty Sided, Die

At the meeting, Harley Johns reveals his plan to capture a zombie and turn it vicious. Ravi persuades the group against it. Afterwards, he meets Rachel, an enthusiastic photographer. Blaine begins to test the brains infused with Ravi’s serum to determine its effects. After a Dungeons & Dragons club’s gamemaster is poisoned, Liv and Clive learn that his fellow players were bitter about dying during a recent quest. Major receives a letter from Shawna, a woman who the false accusations against him. Peyton learns more about the dominatrix case. With few leads, Liv organizes a game with Major, Ravi, Clive and Peyton. During the round, Liv has a vision that reveals the victim was a hacker. The FBI takes the case with Clive’s ex-girlfriend, Dale Bozzio, as lead. Don E. eats a large part of Blaine’s infused brains and has a severe episode at the bar. He flees and is captured by Harley’s men and brought to Ravi. Elsewhere, Baracus is shot at a fundraiser by an unknown militant sniper and nearly loses control before Liv is able to calm him. However, the militant escapes. Later, Blaine’s rival, Stacey Boss, returns to Seattle looking for revenge.3.10) Return of The Dead Guy

Mr. Boss steals diamonds from his wife, while the militants prepare to torture Don E. Peyton convinces Liv to eat the brain of her deceased client, but during roleplay, she experiences a side effect that allows her to hallucinate about seeing Drake’s ghost. Clive inadvertently triggers another vision revealing that a guard at the prison murdered the victim, but they are unable to find a suspect. Mr. Boss ambushes Blaine and kills him, but is quickly subdued by the latter’s superior strength upon his revival as a zombie once more. Liv is bothered by Major’s new relationship with Shawna. Liv and Clive get the name of the killer, but learn that he died in an accident shortly after he committed the murder. Mr. Boss wakes up in a coffin, and Blaine persuades him to act as his international broker for acquiring brains. Clive locates the dead man’s daughter, but she refuses to talk; as he and Liv drive away, it is revealed that she is a zombie. Liv finally finds the courage to let go of Drake’s memory, and she and Blaine go to save Ravi and Don E.3.11) Conspiracy Weary

Liv and Blaine rescue Don E. and Ravi from the anti-zombie militants. Fillmore-Graves soldiers arrive, killing two of the militants. Liv, Don E. and Blaine eat the brain of one of the militants, who was a conspiracy theorist. With her newfound paranoia Liv discovers that Shawna has been posting her personal affairs on Tumblr. Despite her claims of good intentions, Major cuts her out of his life. Peyton’s investigation into James Weckler’s death goes deeper as she meets with his daughter and discovers she’s a zombie after witnessing a vision. Baracus wins the mayoral election. It is revealed that Rachel, the photographer who has taken interest in Ravi, is actually a journalist who was writing a story about “zombie fanatics.” Clive and Liv get a lead on the whereabouts of Harley. They track him to the hidden, underground shelter at his cabin. They find Harley when Liv experiences a vision vouching for his innocence in the murder of Wally’s family. Liv is unable to inform Clive before Harley fires at gun. Clive returns fire and kills Harley. However, Harley survives and is revealed to now be a zombie. Ravi discovers Rachel’s article revealing the existence of zombies.3.12) Looking For Mr. Goodbrain – Part 1

Liv calls Major, who sedates and freezes Harley. Chase Graves deduces that Major is human from Shawna’s posts and fires him. Major’s teammates, unaware of Ravi’s cure, admire the risks he took as a human and plan a farewell party for him. Liv, now disguised as a human, and Ravi receive a new case—the murder of Ravi’s former boss Katty Kupps. A colleague reveals that Kupps was tracing a flu outbreak and interviewing witnesses. Baracus offers to hire Peyton as his chief of staff. Despite her concerns, Peyton takes the job. Natalie returns and comforts Major. Major takes Natalie’s offer to join her in Europe to escape his notoriety. Liv meets with a potential witness at a hotel and nearly sleeps with him. After a similar incident the next day, she realizes that Kupps was a sex addict. Liv increasingly feels powerless against those urges, eventually cheating on Justin with Chase. Afterwards, Liv finds a clue suggesting that Chase is tied to Kupps’ murder. Clive identifies the daughter of a Fillmore-Graves executive as the likely transmitter of the virus. Harley sneaks into Major’s party and detonates an explosive vest, seemingly killing most of the guestsKamen Rider Sengoku Movie Battle Haruto's Underworld3.13) Looking For Mr. Goodbrain – Part 2

Major voluntarily becomes a zombie again so as to rejoin Fillmore-Graves, while Justin learns of Liv’s affair with Chase and breaks up with her. Liv and Clive suspect Chase murdered Kupps, but they discover Fillmore-Graves executive Carey Gold and her daughter are the real killers. Learning Carey also murdered Wally Reid and Vivian, forced James Weckler to kill Roxanne Greer to aid Baracus’ campaign, and introduced a deadly disease into the public, Chase kills her, but her plan has enough support among Fillmore-Graves’ staff that Chase is forced to proceed with it, using vaccinations against the disease to turn humans into zombies, including Dale Bozzio and Johnny Frost. Liv persuades Johnny to reveal zombies’ existence to the public, after which Fillmore-Graves help maintain order between humans and zombies. Ravi develops a potential vaccine for the zombie virus and ingests it, persuading Liv to scratch him to test its effectiveness.

At The climax of Izombie the series will never be the same again, thankfully with the show renewed for a fourth season, we will see more adventures. Season 3 had a lot of interesting character moments especially for Clive who has a season long investigation into the murder of a family of Zombies. The Show went from strength to strength throughout the season and leaves you hanging for more. with the world in the know about Zombies it will very interesting what will happen for season 4. We are in for a hell of a ride.

 

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REVIEW: IZOMBIE – SEASON 2

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MAIN CAST

Rose McIver (Power Rangers RPM)
Malcolm Goodwin (The Bellman)
Rahul Kohli (Happy Anniversary)
Robert Buckley (Killer Movie)
David Anders (Alias)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Aly Michalka (Two and a Half Men)
Steven Weber (2 Broke Girls)
Leanne Lapp (No Clue)
Brian Markinson (Arrow)
Molly Hagan (Sully)
Nick Purcha (Angels In The Snow)
Adam Rose (Up In The Air)
Robert Knepper (Cult)
Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why)
Kurt Evans (Sanctuary)
David Starzyk (Hot In Cleveland)
Ona Grauer (V)
Jessica Harmon (Hollow man 2)
Bryce Hodgson (Falling Skies)
Ian Reed Kesler (2 Broke Girls)
Eddie Jemison (Waitress)
Jerry Trimble (Heat)
Steven Williams (LA Heat)
Greg Finley (The Flash)
Brooke Lyons (2 Broke Girls)
Anna Galvin (Warcraft)
Daniella Alonso (The Hills Have Eyes 2)
Fiona Vroom (Power Rangers)
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Bradley Stryker (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint)
Kacey Rohl (Hannibal)
Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls)
Sarah Grey (Legends of Tomorrow)
Andrea Savage (Episodes)
Ken Marino (Agent Carter)

Consistently offering clever, witty and fun episodes, iZombie solidified itself as one of the most entertaining series on TV in its second season. Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright had already created an offbeat yet inviting world in Season 1 and in Season 2 they built upon it, putting the characters into more intense and involving situations, all while still maintaining the show’s crucial, knowing sense of humor.The cast continue to be one of the most likeable you’ll find, anchored by the excellent Rose McIver. Okay, it’s one of the show’s reaches that pretty much every brain Liv eats is a very focused, specific type of person, but that’s just part of the deal here. And it gives McIver so much to work with, as she goes all in playing Liv taking on personas as varied as a coach, a stalker, a costumed vigilante or a tough stripper. Every week, McIver is given something different to play and she consistently nails it, with ongoing mileage gotten out of how out there and uncharacteristic Liv gets, depending on her latest brain meal.After his heartbroken ex-fiancé character take a surprising (and awesome) turn at the end of Season 1, Robert Buckley’s Major got a great storyline in Season 2, as he found himself working for Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber), tasked with assassinating zombies – all while actually locking them up instead, which put him in a very precarious position both with Du Clark and the cops and the FBI, who were getting closer and closer to him for his actions in both Season 1 and 2.The fact that those investigating Major’s crimes were Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) and his FBI partner/love interest Dale Bozzio (Jessica Harmon) only increased the tension, even while Clive and Dale made a great pairing – with Harmon effortlessly fitting in on the show, as the somewhat goofy Dale provided a great foil for the somewhat stoic Clive. And in the midst of this, having Clive begin to slowly notice the things that were off about Liv was continually intriguing, since it was inevitable that Clive would one day find out The Secret.Blaine (David Anders) in the meantime had to adjust to life as a human again – for awhile at least, as he never kept his nose clean and eventually became one of the undead again, with Anders always bringing a wonderfully quirky/funny approach to the character. McIver and Rahul Kohli continued to be a delightful duo in all the scenes between Liv and Ravi and Kohli shined throughout the season, though I do hope Season 3 can perhaps give Ravi more of his own storyline at some points beyond the ongoing search for a cure or the burgeoning love triangle between Ravi, Peyton (Aly Michalka) and Blaine. The end of the season, as Ravi began to suspect Major was up to no good – and their big confrontation about it – showed how strong it can be to use the usually comic presence of Ravi in a dramatic manner that would be interesting to explore again.As Season 2 progressed, one really strong element was how it began to bring together several storylines. We began to see Major’s growing interaction with Blaine begin to bring him even more in focus as a suspect for Dale and Clive, while Peyton’s return — it was good to see Michalka, who also fits in great with this cast, get more to do — had her wrapped up with Blaine (in more ways than one) and helping lead us to a new villain on the show, Stacey Boss (Eddie Jemison).

Best of all, the “brain of the week” storylines began to becoming increasingly tied into the main stories as well. And yes, this meant sometimes you had to accept a bit more coincidence on the show, but it still was exciting and gratifying to see how all the different elements were intersecting in different ways and how Liv could learn new info thanks to a new murder victim connected in ways that were sometimes not apparent on the surface.When it came to Big Bads, Vaughn Du Clark certainly delivered. Stephen Weber seemed to be having a ball in the role and was delightfully awful as the energetic, confident mega-douche of a sports drink company CEO. He was also given a great foil in Gilda (Leanne Lapp), his daughter, who was just as corrupt as her dad. Gilda has no qualms about manipulating Major, Liv or anyone else and Lapp brought just the right attitude to the character – even as we saw just how awful Du Clark was as a dad, giving us a tinge of sympathy, or at least understanding, about why she was the way she was, even as it was clear she needed to be stopped. The season also ended in an epic, satisfying manner, with Clive finally finding out the truth, an all-out “Romero Zombie” attack and both Du Clark and Gilda being taken out – all while we met a huge new player on the scene that looks to be upending the show in a huge way.Nearly every week, iZombie continued to deliver in its second season and the show easily overcame any sophomore slump worries. The creators and cast seem to know exactly the right  tone to go for here, offering up a show that has a fun, accessible vibe but can get suitably intense, dramatic and gory when need be. When the CW gave all of their series early renewals last year, iZombie was one of the ones I know I was celebrating the most. Bring on Season 3!

 

REVIEW: IZOMBIE – SEASON 1

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MAIN CAST

Rose McIver (Power Rangers RPM)
Malcolm Goodwin (The Bellman)
Rahul Kohli (Happy Anniversary)
Robert Buckley (Killer Movie)
David Anders (Alias)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Aly Michalka (Two and a Half Men)
Molly Hagan (Sully)
Bradley James (Merlin)
Steven Weber (2 Broke Girls)
Ty Olsson (Battlestar Galactica)
Daran Norris (Veronica Mars)
Hiro Kanagawa (Caprica)
Elysia Rotaru (Arrow)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Smallville)
Devon Gummersall (Roswell)
Elise Gatien (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing)
Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Fulvio Cecere (Valentine)
Chad Rock (Timeless)
Sunita Prasad (Unreal)
Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG.1)
Jillian Bach (Two Guys and a Girl)
Erica Cerra (Power Rangers)
Britt Irvin (Smallville)
Erica Luttrell (Lost Girl)
Percy Daggs III (Veromnica Mars)
Bryce Hodgson (Falling Skies)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream: The Series)
Nick Purcha (Angels In The Snow)
Leanne Lapp (No Clue)
Brian Markinson (Arrow)

I’ve been impressed with Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars’ creator) and Diane Ruggiero’s adaptation of iZombie. The comic of the same name by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred inspired the world on The CW show, but the series used the existing story as a launching pad. Thomas and Ruggiero developed the plot and world in new directions and executed one of the best first seasons of a television series in recent memory.One aspect that contributed to the success was how the stakes kept moving. When we first met Liv, life as a functioning zombie didn’t seem like the worst thing ever. The overall tone was more humorous, Liv was more introspective. She learned more about living and embracing existence by being undead. But then, things shifted. Different types of zombies were introduced, character paths started converging, and the stakes grew higher and higher — and much bigger than Liv and her self-actualization.The show followed a case of the week formula, which a tricky thing to manage, but it often worked to the benefit of the series. The new cases added consistency and allowed the relationships between Liv and Clive and Liv and Ravi to breathe. Though some of the cases didn’t particularly resonate, they occasionally tied into the larger story arc. When those tie-ins happened, they didn’t feel forced; they were a natural extension that helped grow the mystery or pushed characters into new territory. And oh boy, were the characters pushed. Liv went through a slew of personalities, sure, but additionally, she dealt with mortality, gaining and losing someone she loved, seeing her friends in danger, and the list goes on. Rose McIver rose to the challenge of portraying not only Liv, but Liv as several people. She did fantastic work keeping a thread of Liv present through all of the character’s various meals.McIver also communicated the weight and struggles of Liv’s problems in a way that was human. Liv put brains in all her food regularly (and I so appreciate how Liv changes up her methods of brain consumption), but she rarely came across as a monster. The entire cast played well together. Each relationship was the right amount of comfortable at the right time. Example: Liv took a little while to warm up to Lowell — as she should have — and then they were in the new couple phase where they were extremely adorable. Ravi and Liv is one of my favorite friendships on television, but then again, so is the Ravi and Major pairing. Clive’s more serious, get the job done personality is a wonderful complement to the group, and Blaine is the ideal villain.When you create a world where zombies are real, telling people the news and seeing how they react to it is a big part of the story. iZombie surprised me in this regard. I expected Clive to find out long before Peyton — and I do think Clive should know by now because he’s too smart and observant to not realize something’s off with Liv — and I didn’t think Major would be the person to react violently to the news. They showed varying responses, which is how it should be. It wouldn’t have been believable if everyone was as accepting as Ravi. Back to Major briefly, he went on the most unexpected journey. Transforming the nicest guy into a gun-toting zombie killer seems like an impossible task, but they accomplished it and made it believable. They found just the right hook to make the turn work.Seattle has a zombie problem, and the first season made us understand the extent of the issue without dumping it into our lap like a memo. We learned slowly as Liv learned, and the reveal of each puzzle piece made the severity of the situation hit home. With Blaine’s enterprising business presumably closed down and Max Rager employees potentially on the hunt for zombies, the pieces are lined up for a second season full of possibilities.iZombie had an incredibly strong first season. It was intricate and smooth in a way most series don’t come close to achieving in their initial episodes. Though a lighthearted tone was consistent throughout, they regularly upped the stakes and delivered emotional moments. The performances were top notch, and I look forward to seeing what this cast can do together in the years to come.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: IZOMBIE – METHOD HEAD

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MAIN CAST

Rose McIver (Power Rangers RPM)
Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster)
Robert Buckley (Killer Movie)
David Anders (Alias)
Rahul Kohli (Holby City)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Steven Weber (2 Broke Girls)
Zack Peladeau (The Blackburn Asylum)
Skyler Day  (Sweet/Vicious)
Ryan Lane (Switched at Birth)
Jessica Harmon (Black Xmas)
Leanne Lapp  (Grave Encounters 2)
Bryce Hodgson  (X-Men 2)
Anna Galvin (Warcraft)

Going into an episode about a TV show called Zombie High, it was safe to expect things would get pretty meta and “Method Head” did not disappoint. From Clive calling the idea of a zombie show where the zombie’s the star “dumb” to learning Zombie High, despite being set in Portland, films in Seattle (the Seattle-set iZombie films in Vancouver) for tax breaks, the iZombie team clearly had a ball winking at themselves and their fans. And we can only guess there were plenty of private in-jokes too, such as when Liv said things like, “I love the cute little names the crew have for the actors!”The only thing that felt notably off was the first few minutes, with the Christmas setting and Liv eating the Santa brain. The idea of showing a bit of a passage of time was interesting, as we went into the new year, but it still left that opening feeling disconnected – and even Major finding out that, in theory, he will eventually become a zombie again, was somewhat put to the side for the remainder of the episode (though obviously that’s going to be a continuing issue).However, once the episode really got going, all of the Zombie High material was extremely funny, and I loved that the show sort of got every in-joke they could out of the way, by also bringing up the new Power Rangers movie multiple times, as a nod to Rose McIver’s Ranger past – and Ravi’s line, “If I’m hearing you right, there’s going to be another Power Rangers movie!” was so great. But what was gratifying was the episode didn’t only rest on the meta jokes, and in fact, one of the funniest moments, when Liv had to help an actor who claimed to have a photographic memory remember the term photographic memory, had nothing to do with this being a zombie show doing an episode about a zombie show.5616cde899678The first iZombie of 2016 was a highly entertaining one, as the show managed to have fun with itself in a big way. Meanwhile, Major is going in even deeper with Max Rager, even as we learn he’s being sought as the “Chaos Killer”, adding yet another obstacle to overcome.

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REVIEW: CHILDREN OF THE CORN (2009)

CAST
David Anders (Izombie)
Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)
Daniel Newman (Road Trip 2)
Preston Bailey (The Crazies)
In September 1963, the town of Gatlin, Nebraska, is suffering a severe drought. In a tent out in the vast cornfields, a boy preacher (Robert Gerdisch), claims that an Old Testament-era Canaanite God whom he calls “He Who Walks Behind the Rows” has spoken to him in his dreams. He tells the other children that the sinful adults are the reason for the drought, prompting them to kill everybody over the age of nineteen in town. They then establish a death cult with the prime rule that, upon reaching the age of nineteen, one must be sacrificed to the cult’s God. In April 1975, twelve years later, a bickering couple, Vietnam veteran Burt (David Anders) and his wife Vicky (Kandyse McClure), are driving along a back road near Gatlin, planning on celebrating their second honeymoon in California, when a boy named Joseph (Remington Jennings) stumbles out of the roadside corn and in front of their car. After accidentally running Joseph over, Burt assesses the body and realizes the boy’s throat was slashed. After wrapping and placing the body in the trunk, Burt tells Vicky to wait for him while he looks around with shotgun in hand. Among the corn, Burt finds Joseph’s bloodied suitcase and takes it with him back to the car. He and Vicky drive off in search of aid, not realizing they are being watched by Isaac (Preston Bailey), the 9-year old current cult leader, and his most loyal follower, 18-year-old warrior Malachai (Daniel Newman).
After hearing a group of children giving an evangelical sermon over the radio, Burt and Vicky reach an abandoned gas station. After finding the phones non-functional Burt decides to go to Gatlin. While Burt drives, Vicky manages to open Joseph’s suitcase and finds an amulet inside which she recognizes as a pagan creation. Meanwhile, in the cornfields, Isaac tells the others about Burt and Vicky and that they, like the “blue man” (a police officer who was crucified for trying to stop them) must be killed to appease “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”, who demanded Joseph be killed for trying to escape.
Reaching the town, Burt and Vicky find it seemingly abandoned, the stoplight dead, with a calendar in a bar still reading 1963. Eventually coming across a church with a sermon board dated last week, Burt goes in to investigate, ignoring Vicky’s pleas that they should just leave (and taking her keys after she threatens to abandon him). Inside the church, Burt finds various occult drawings, a larger version of the trinket in Joseph’s suitcase and a book listing the birthdays of the town’s inhabitants.As Burt skims through the book, Vicky is surrounded and attacked by Malachai and several other boys (directed from a rooftop by Isaac). She manages to kill one of them with Burt’s shotgun before Malachai stabs her. Hearing the shotgun blast, Burt rushes outside just as Malachai blows the car up. Chased by the children into an alleyway Burt is taunted by Isaac who throws a knife at him which hits him in the arm. Killing two of the older boys, Burt runs off into the cornfields, where the children refrain from going without either Isaac or Malachai.
In the alleyway, Isaac confronts Malachai, telling him that by spilling Joseph’s blood in the corn he angered He Who Walks Behind The Rows. After questioning Malachai’s faith, Isaac has him pray before they regroup with their followers, who they tell must sacrifice Burt in the clearing where the blue man’s corpse is held. After leading a song, Malachai and the children begin hunting Burt through the corn. While searching, Malachai is told by Nahum (Paul Butler, Jr.), one of the younger boys, that he had a vision of He Who Walks Behind the Rows, leading Malachai to believe Nahum will be the new prophet when Isaac’s time comes to an end. Before leaving to continue the search for Burt (who had overheard the entire conversation), Malachai mentions that they must finish the search before dark, as that is He Who Walks Behind the Row’s time. Having lost a large amount of blood due to his arm injury, Burt begins having flashbacks to Vietnam and kills several of the children, including Nahum. At nightfall the worshipers abandon the search and return to the town. They have a feast prepared by the females, who seem concerned that Burt was not apprehended. Later that night, Isaac holds a sermon in the church based on the tenet of “be fruitful and multiply” and proclaims that the time of fertilization has come. He beckons a teenage girl (Zita Vass) and boy (Jake White) up to the front of the church and they immediately disrobe and have sex in front of the entire congregation, much to their excitement. In the fields, Burt, lost and delusional, has visions of all those he has killed, and begins wandering around aimlessly, searching for the road as the plant life begins attacking him. Soon, Burt finds the clearing and discovers Vicky who, like the blue man, has been made into a scarecrow. Hallucinating that Vicky’s body is talking to him, Burt is faced by He Who Walks Behind The Rows, who proceeds to disembowel him and rip his eyes out in a form of ritual sacrifice.
The next day, Isaac tells the children that He Who Walks Behind The Rows is displeased with their inability to kill Burt, who He had to dispose of Himself—like the blue man (who, when killed, reduced the ‘age of favor’ from twenty to nineteen). Isaac informs everyone that the age of sacrifice has been lowered from nineteen to eighteen as punishment for their failure. After the children leave Isaac stands in front of the a pile of the children’s bodies and as he sets them on fire he looks at something and shouts “Scarecrow!”. The scarecrow is revealed to be Burt.
Later, Malachai and the other eighteen-year-olds enter the cornfields at dusk, offering themselves to He Who Walks Behind the Rows. While saying goodbye, Malachai’s pregnant lover Ruth (Alexa Nikolas), whose faith had earlier been shaken, has a vision of herself setting fire to the corn.
I have all the original CotC films and have read the original short story. Personally I found this film to be a pretty good adaptation of the story and a good film in its own right. I enjoyed it. I’d watch it again. It’s not without its flaws, of course. Some of the child acting is a little dodgy.

REVIEW: HEROES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

CAST
Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham)
Hayden Panettiere (Bring it on 3)
Jack Coleman (Kingdom Hospital)
Tawny Cypress (Supergirl)
Leonard Roberts (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
Santiago Cabrera (Merlin)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
Noah Gray-Cabey (My Wife and Kids)
Ali Larter (Final Destination 1 & 2)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast)
NOTABLE / RECURRING GUEST CAST
James Kyson Lee (Hawaii Five-O)
Zachary Quinto (Hitman: Agent 47)
Ashley Crow (The Secret Circle)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Thomas Dekker (Terminator: TSCC)
Lisa Lackey (Bones)
Matthew John Armstrong (American Dreams)
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who)
Nora Zehetner (Brick)
Clea DuVall (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Randall Bentley (Upside)
Missy Peregrym (Smallville)
Danielle Savre (Boogeyman 2)
Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight)
Adair Tishler (Dollhouse)
Rena Sofer (Traffic)
Malcolm McDowell (Halloween 1 & 2)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Jayma Mays (Ugly Betty)

Heroes Season 1 is an ensemble cast show that became a very large success based on how well it translated the comic book world to the small screen. Set on present day Earth, the show details how a growing number of people are developing special abilities outside of government control with a variety of consequences to them and the population at large. Unlike the truncated second season, the first had a full 23 episodes to explore the concept, resulting in a number of smaller, multi-episode arcs that all built toward a bigger picture as the season progressed. Unlike the old style of comic books though, the cast is made up of all sorts of regular people that start to notice they are”special, some of whom learn to increase their abilities with concentration or training, stumbling at times but honing said powers in numerous ways.

In overall terms, the story uses the Human Genome Project as something of a starting point, using scientist Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) as a focal point for identifying gifted people as he follows a trail set forth by his father, a formerly distinguished geneticist that chased what were considered crazy ideas about human evolution until he was killed. Mohinder discovers that certain trace markers in human DNA predict people with abilities and having observed firsthand exactly how gifted some of these people are, he ends up trying to warn them of a serial killer named Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and what appears to be secret agents out to capture them. Needless to say, his efforts are not universally appreciated and he himself is cast into the mix as a pawn, forced to face both powered and mundane humans out to stop him. The show also uses a dozen or so other main characters that either have powers or interact heavily with them, many seemingly patterned after specific comic book characters in terms of abilities, though not so much in terms of their personalities.

Take Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) for example, he can bend the space time continuum if he concentrates hard enough, the Japanese office worker slaving away at his father’s corporation while dreaming of his special destiny. The guy is a stereotypical science fiction/comic book nerd too, wanting more than anything to become a hero rather than follow the path laid out for him by his father Kaito (George Takei of Star Trek fame). His hit or miss attempts to control his powers provide some of the comic relief of the show but he also serves as someone genre fans can identify with as he tries to uncover his own future with the help of his best friend, the mundane Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee). Then there was Claire Bennet (hotty Hayden Panettiere), a gal with Wolverine-like healing powers who figures out she will regenerate no matter what happens to her, the gal finding out her adopted father Noah (Jack Coleman) is working for an agency with special plans for anyone with her kind of talents. The Texas high school cheerleader becomes an integral part of the main picture as she is stalked by Sylar, a man with the ability to take special powers by decapitating those he encounters, their showdown predicted long before by Isacc Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), a precognitive that draws the future while under the influence of heroin.

The cast also included internet stripper Niki Sanders (hotty Ali Larter) whose multiple personality disorder grants her alias Jessica super strength, Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) a district attorney running for Congress that can fly, his brother Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) that finds out his ability is especially powerful as time moves forward, Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) a street cop that can read minds, and DL Hawkins (Leonard Roberts) who can become intangible at will. Some of them try to keep their secret, like Nathan since he is running for office, while others are on the run from the agency searching such folks out (their point man being Noah with the aid of a Haitian that can negate powers and erase minds played by Jimmy Jean Louis), the conspiracy something straight out of shows like The X-Files, Jericho, or Angel. The interactions of the cast make the show quite special too, capturing the spirit of modern comic books better than anything else I have seen to date.Particularly appealing is the manner in which most of the powers are not overly flashy, the dramatic elements allowed to keep the science fiction elements present but downplayed so that a larger audience won’t be alienated.

CAST
Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham)
Jack Coleman (Kingdom Hospital)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
Hayden Panettiere (Bring it on 3)
Noah Gray-Cabey (My Wife and Kids)
Ali Larter (Final Destination 1 & 2)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast)
David Anders (Izombie)
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Dania Ramirez (American Pie: Reunion)
Dana Davis (Prom Night)
James Kyson Lee (Hawaii Five-O)
Zachary Quinto (Hitman: Agent 47)
NOTABLE / RECURRING GUEST CAST
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Adair Tishler (Dollhouse)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)
Shalim Ortiz (Silver Case)
Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham)
Katie Carr (Dinotopia)
Eriko (Dragon Evolution)
Ashley Crow (The Secret Circle)
Randall Bentley (Upside)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Dianna Agron (I Am Number Four)
Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck)

Heroes Season 2 picked up four months after the events of Season One with the characters having moved on from the explosive finish. The prophecy thwarted at great cost and Sylar stopped, the clock was reset in many ways for those that survived. Peter is missing, Nathan has become a recluse, Hiro is stuck in Medieval Japan, and the Bennett family is on the run from the Company. Some characters die off-screen or are greatly downplayed and new people are introduced, the major players added in being Maya and Alejandro from Central America. Maya has an uncontrollable ability to infect people with some form of fast acting disease and only her brother seems able to calm her down to reverse the effects. They are on the run for murder (the authorities are not really particular about “how” the deaths occurred so much as “who” was responsible) and head to New York City to meet Dr. Suresh in hopes of finding a cure, not knowing he was murdered. Along the way, they pick up a helpful hitchhiker named Gabriel (guess who) and trouble ensues but that is only one thread of many the show goes back to.Image result for heroes season 2Of much greater interest to me was the Bennett family, particularly Noah in his efforts to destroy the Company, and Claire, as she struggles with her powers, puberty, and origins. Hiro’s trip to Japan circa the Seventeenth century where he meets his childhood hero, Takezo Sensei, proves to be a disaster when he screws up the timeline and must repair it lest the fate of the world be irreparably altered. Sadly, the quirky journey he goes through was arguably the most impacted part of the WGA writer strike that shortened the season to a mere eleven episodes  Takezo finding out that he is special too, though no explanation given. How he deals with his father upon his return and his own shame at his betrayal of his hero provided some relief from the admittedly weak storyline but not nearly enough to compensate for some of the worst writing seen on the show that has just started season three.

Another new chapter in the saga revolved around a relative of Micah named Monica, the Katrina refugee with an uncanny ability to mimic anything she watches on television. This was a thread that had a bit of potential, largely because it contained Micah and Niki, but felt the sting of the shortened season as well, the gal trying to become a heroine and falling short of the mark out of stupidity. Parkman has lost his wife and identity only to start over again in New York, having learned to keep quiet about his abilities and use them serendipitously to advance himself to detective. He and Suresh take in Molly but soon have to face a powerful telepath that is hurting her, the piece of the puzzle unveiled to the bigger picture of a long time conspiracy by the founders of the Company that include the parents of most of the players currently focused on in the series. Suresh ends up working directly for the company too, racing to uncover the secrets of the genetic component that gives the cast their powers but also an engineered virus (the Shanti Virus) that threatens not only the metahumans but the rest of the populace as well.

Perhaps most curious in the season for me, aside from the arcs starring Peter and Sylar of course, are those leading to Bob (the current head of the organization) and his daughter Elle, a gal with electrifying powers that shows what Claire would have become had Noah truly been unattached to her as he was supposed to have been. A psychopathic killer on a short leash, Elle does the dirty work to seek her father’s approval, the contrast between her and Claire referred to time and again by those around them. The introduction of “Adam”, the first person with powers and a founding member of the Company with a huge grudge against humanity, was also kind of abrupt and his use of Peter to try and destroy the world (“resetting the clock on humanity”) had a lot of untapped potential too.

To me, the writers should have pared down the new characters and tied up things like the Hiro saga much sooner given the strike and shortened season. They should have also kept in mind the show has a devoted following so making the characters act outside of their established norms or contrary to what they would have done given the way they acted in the first season weakened it as well. That the major threads employed cheap plot devices used in the past certainly did not help either  but this was indicative of the major problem of the season for me, the pacing. Every book, television show, and movie has an internal rhythm and pace that fans get used to. The WGA strike forced the slowly escalating pace of the show to be accelerated well beyond normal and leave off all the suspense of Season One behind it.

CAST
Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham)
Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
Jack Coleman (Kingdom Hospital)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Zachary Quinto (Hitman: Agent 47)
Hayden Panettiere (Bring it on 3)
James Kyson Lee (Hawaii Five-O)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Ali Larter (Final Destination 1 & 2)
NOTABLE / RECURRING GUEST CAST
Brea Grant (Battle Planet)
Ashley Crow (The Secret Circle)
Zeljko Ivanek (The Bourne Legacy)
Jamie Hector (Lie To Me)
Ntare Mwine (Blood Diamond)
Blake Shields (Carnivale)
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown)
David H. Lawrence XVII (Lost)
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Randall Bentley (Upside)
Jessalyn Gilsig (Nip/Tuck)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Malcolm McDowell (Halloween I & II)
David Anders (Children of the Corn)
Alan Blumenfeld (In Her Shoes)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Dan Byrd (Firestarter 2)
Francis Capra (Veronica Mars)
Noah Gray-Cabey (My Wife and Kids)
Lisa Lackey (Bones)
Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight)
Adair Tishler (Dollhouse)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)

The first volume of the third season, Villains, brought back what made the show so good in its first season, with shadowy bad guys and intricate conspiracies, in a storyline that explored what the line is between a hero and a villain. The return of the Petrelli patriarch Arthur (played with quiet badass-ness by Robert Forster) created an us-or-them scenario where characters had to choose sides and decide how far they would go to get what they want

The other key storyline surrounds Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and his efforts to understand where the Heroes’ powers come from. The race to discover how to give and take away powers, which involves a hidden formula and an element known as the catalyst, which is key to the granting of special powers. Mohinder grants himself powers, which creates what could be gently described as an homage to The Fly and the distribution of powers becomes sctattershot, as powers change and mutate with each episode, creating characters who suffered from the Superman syndrome, as they were simply too powerful to be defeated in a realistic way.

The newcomers from season 2 have mostly disappeared, with only Elle and Maya sticking around, with Maya in  a somewhat minor role. The additions this time around are much better, including the ultra-creepy Puppet Master; Daphne, the morally-ambivalent Flash of the Heroes universe, and Utusu, an African version of Isaac Mendez, capable of painting the future on big rocks. Though they are, in some ways, repetitions of other characters, they bring enough to the show to be interesting, especially Brea Grant’s speedster, who has a memorable conflict with Hiro (Masi Oka) and a starcrossed relationship with Matt (Greg Grunberg.) There are a handful of other newcomers, including some thuggish bad guys and yet another  role for Ali Larter.


The first arc ended with a bit of a thud, as is probably the only way a battle with a ruthless, all-powerful villain can end, but it was followed up with the Fugitives arc, which tried a bit too hard to have real-world relevance. Guided by a questionably-motivated Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), the government has begun to round-up super-powered people for Guantanamo Bay-style imprisonment, including all our favorite heroes. It puts all the big-names wither in shackles or on the run, a situation that could have been promising, but instead just peters out, as the motivation for each character’s actions is no wildly different from what we know of them that it makes sense. Nathan is all over the ballfield in how he conducts his hunt for his fellow kind, while Sylar has more personality changes than could be explained by the supposed psychotic break he’s experiencing.

The show consistently is one of the finest-looking series on TV, with gorgeous photography and special effects, and from time to time, there are bits of inspired creativity, like the origin story in “1961,” which makes a terrific call-back all the way to a small-bit of dialogue in the pilot, Larter’s character’s powerful outburst in “Cold Snap” and the realistic rage the otherwise moral Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) experiences in “Trust and Blood.” And maybe I’m a bit blind, but I didn’t see foresee the identity of the anonymous underground agent helping the heroes in Fugitive and found it a smart re-use of characters.

CAST
Hayden Panettiere (Bring it on 3)
Robert Knepper (Cult)
Jack Coleman (Kingdom Hospital)
Zachary Quinto (Hitman: Agent 47)
Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
James Kyson Lee (Hawaii Five-O)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast)
Ali Larter (Final Destination 1 & 2)
NOTABLE / RECURRING GUEST CAST
Dawn Olivieri (The Vampire Diaries)
Madeline Zima (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Deanne Bray (2 broke Girls)
Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Lisa Lackey (Bones)
Todd Stashwick (The Originals)
David H. Lawrence XVII (Lost)
Ashley Crow (The Secret Circle)
Sasha Pieterse (X-Men: First Class)
Saemi Nakamura (Jury Duty)
Jayma Mays (Ugly Betty)
Tessa Thompson (Veronica Mars)
Rick Worthy (Collateral Damage)
Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica)
Louise Fletcher (Star Trek: DS9)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
Željko Ivanek (Hannibal)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly)
Richard Roundtree (Shaft)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Tamlyn Tomita (Highlander: The Series)

The big storyline this time out centers around Samuel Sullivan and his family of superpowered carnies. Samuel is busy building the group, recruiting various super-powered individuals to join them, in an effort to form a homeland of their own  As is usually the case with any story on Heroes, thanks to the need to add twists and turns to pad out episodes, it’s not that simple, and, of course, all of the show’s main characters will be drawn into the tale. It seems that the Heroes have the best contact system known to man, as no one misses an e-mail or call to get together. At some point, coincidence and contrived are very similar. Either way, the show tries to have it both ways with Samuel, attempting to make him both pure evil and a sympathetic soul, like they did with Sylar. While the inexplicably coincidental familial concerns of the Petrelli clan keep going for yet another run of episodes, adding in a new super-powered love interest for Peter, the relationship between Claire and her father Noah is the show’s secondary focus, as Claire goes off to college in an attempt to live a normal life, and ends up in a lesbian couple, while displaying her trademark poor judgment and weakly-motivated rebelliousness. Meanwhile, Dad’s whole world is falling apart in a super-midlife crisis.

The rest of the old crew are still around as well, including erstwhile samurai Hiro, who’s battling a terminal illness and trying his hand at being a hero-for-hire, and Matt Parkman and Sylar, who get closer than they’d really like to be in the aftermath of Season Three. Though the conflict between them is one of the better tales told, and Sylar  remains one of the most interesting characters in recent TV history.

The worst part of the season though has to be the ending. After you’ve sat through 18 episodes, Claire outs herself to the world on camera demonstrating her powers for all the world to see, then the iconic words to be continued appear….. The show was cancelled.

Perhaps the upcoming Heroes Reborn mini series will qive answers to what the aftermath will be.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: IZOMBIE – CAPE TOWN

CAPE TOWN
MAIN CAST
Rose McIver (Power Rangers RPM)
Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster)
Robert Buckley (Killer Movie)
David Anders (Alias)
Rahul Kohli (Holby City)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Eddie Jemison (Bruce Almighty)
Brooke Lyons (2 Broke Girls)
Bryce Hodgson  (X-Men 2)
Jenna Romanin (Bates Motel)
Damn, “Cape Town” tricked us good. We thought we were getting a goofy adventure poking fun at the rise of superheroes in popular culture set against the backdrop of the holidays, but what we got was a much more somber affair. To be fair, we should have seen this coming. Not just because the holidays can be depressing, but because there’s been a darkness creeping over iZombie all season long. It was a quintessential midseason finale. It paid off on some of iZombie’s long-simmering arcs, like Liv and Major’s relationship struggles, while also pressing forward on some others, like Mr. Boss’s involvement in the Seattle crime world. And at the end, the show snuck in a series of well-placed punches to the gut that could potentially unravel everything the show and Liv have been working toward this entire time.
After Liv chowed down on the brain of a man who was a shop teacher by day, vigilante by night, she dressed up in her own crime-fighting costume and said some hilariously dramatic things that Ravi joked would be good to use in her character’s graphic novel.  iZombie had a great time poking fun at the ridiculous idea that people run around in costumes and attempt to fight crime but then go to work at pressed juiceries during the day. It’s humorous in light of how saturated with superheroes popular culture has become over the last decade, but it’s especially funny when viewed through the lens of a show like iZombie that is equally unbelievable in its premise. Liv thought the Fog was crazy for his nighttime activities as a caped crusader, but Liv is a zombie who solves murders through the visions she receives after eating the brains of the deceased victims who pass through the morgue where she works. I mean, vigilante crimefighters who say things like, “I’m the Fog, and tonight I’m thick with justice,” don’t sound nearly as crazy when you put things into perspective.
And this week, iZombie was all about putting things into perspective, whether it was Clive realizing how dangerous it was to allow Liv to consult on cases or Major finally coming to terms with how a brain affects a zombie, things were becoming clearer but also changing, and not necessarily for the better, for our ragtag group of heroes. Like many superhero tales, “Cape Town” ended with Liv standing on a rooftop surveying the city she was trying to protect, and although it was fun while it lasted, the particular brain put Liv in a dangerous position when she went to one of Mr. Boss’s warehouses to stop a gun deal and after overpowering a few men with marbles, chloroform, and her built-in zombie rage, was nearly killed by the murderer, who’d been robbing Mr. Boss’s high stakes poker games. Mr. Boss arrived and shot the woman, and if Liv wasn’t already on his radar from his first appearance on the show, she is now. Liv has done some questionable things as a result of whatever brain she’s eaten that week, but has she ever been quite so needlessly reckless as she was this week? She is not a trained law-enforcement officer, and her zombie strength and instincts can’t protect her all the time. The fact that there were repercussions for her actions is actually something that I think needed to happen in order for iZombie to continue to move forward, even if moving forward actually meant taking a few steps back. One of the worst things that can happen to a show is that it becomes complacent, and although iZombie was in no risk of stalling out—between Max Rager, Mr. Boss, and Blaine’s scheming, the show has plenty of storylines to ensure it has forward momentum—Clive ending their partnership threw Liv for a loop and forced the show to turn inward in a way that we haven’t seen in a while.
Clive blamed himself for Liv’s actions because he’d been treating her like an equal when she wasn’t one, but by putting an end to their partnership, he has unknowingly also taken away the one thing that gave real meaning to Liv’s undead life. And so without her tether, everything kind of spiraled out of control from there. The way Liv sees it, if she’s not using the brains she eats to retrain her humanity to also solve murders, then there are no positives to being a zombie. It means she suffers through visions of someone else’s life for no reason, it means her personality shifts are for nothing, and it means that she no longer serves any purpose. Clive dissolving their weird little partnership essentially threatens to erase all of the progress Liv has made since the series premiere taught Liv that being a zombie didn’t have to mean her life was over. And without helping to solve murder cases, the depression that once dominated Liv’s life is already threatening to creep back in.
The first casualty of being a zombie without a cause was Liv’s love life. It was already in jeopardy, of course, but after having a heart-to-heart with a zombie who was forced to have sex for food, Major thought he had finally begun to understand how the brains affected an individual, and was willing to forgive Liv for her stalker actions last week—an argument that bled over into this week’s episode—but Liv decided to break things off. To his credit, Major was so sure that they’re meant to be together that he’s willing to wait and was certain this latest hiccup in their long, rocky road to happiness will be overcome. On the one hand, good for you, Major. Someone needs to fight for the relationship since Liv isn’t able to. But on the other hand, by viewing Liv’s zombieism as a temporary roadblock, that sent a message to Liv that he loved the woman she used to be and only tolerated the woman she was now.
Like many of the CW mid-season finales, Izombie’s is a game changer and now we have to wait till January to see the aftermath.