In Review: iZombie, Episode 8 “Dead Air”

The lives of the supporting characters overshadows the mystery and the star.

iZombie, Episode 8 “Dead Air” Broadcast May 5, 2015

Written by Aiyana White

Directed by Zetna Fuentes

“Previously on iZombie“, Ravi says he can cure Liv, Lowell sees that Ravi is using rats to find a cure, Blaine gets hold of Major’s friend, and Major is arrested for breaking into the car of Julian Dupont (aka The Candyman). “Le petit mort”: Liv is really enjoying some time with Lowell when her cell rings. It’s Major, but she doesn’t take his call. Driving into work, Liv finds that commercials no longer relate to her new dead life. However, ‘Sex, on the other hand. That’s back on the menu for this zombie.’ This smile inducing thought is brought on by an advertisement on a bus promoting radio talk show host Dr. Sasha Arconi, whom Liv instantly dials up. The scandalous details on a call-in prompts Liv to turn up the volume. At work, she continues to listen. Meanwhile, Ravi’s at jail trying to bail out Major. Time passes until Peyton walks in, having discovered an error in Major’s booking. She and Ravi share a longing glance. Major is released in less than five minutes, shocking his friends as he bares the marks of a terrible beating. Cue opening title sequence.

“Jailhouse Rocked”: Major reveals this was payback for his comments about the police in the newspaper the day before. He just wants to find out what happened to Jerome and Eddy, which gives Ravi the opportunity to tell him about the Sparrow case and how the boys’ remains were discovered. Saddened, Major refuses to give up on his quest for the truth, believing the police to be in on the conspiracy. Ravi comes into the morgue apologizing for being late and gets shushed by Liv because she can’t hear Dr. Arconi continue to help someone. The broadcast is soon interrupted by a series of static outbursts and a scream before going dead. At the radio station, Arconi is still holding the microphone. Electricity entered though her hands and then went through her chest, causing cardiac arrest. Babineaux says that someone wired her mic to kill her. They need to find the last caller, “Cheated on in Chattanooga,” who Liv recalls all too clearly, having been listening that morning. The license plate the caller gave over the air, identifying the vehicle of the woman who was having an affair with her husband, belongs to the victim.

I’m not a fan of psychologists analyzing people without their permission, let alone constantly, so Liv really got on my nerves. I know that’s the effect that White was going for, but it didn’t come off as funny, it just annoyed. This trait was heavily emphasized for the first half of the episode, but once solving the mystery kicked in the trait disappeared. The mystery was okay, but I’m finding myself looking for the most innocent character to be the killer, and that was the case, again. Rahul Kohli was a scene stealer as Ravi pined after Peyton, who was the most likable yet. I could have more of Aly Michallka if Peyton and Ravi hook up. It would be neat to see them “gang up” on Liv. Robert Buckley was incredible. His character goes even deeper into the unknown, and Buckley is making Major a gut punch every time he appears. Nice two scenes with Blaine DeBeers, as David Anders gets to finally show how smart his character is–he’s not a joke anymore. Rose McIver’s Liv is best in the episode when she gets to narrate a scene, rather than speak in one. This isn’t her fault, it’s the script, which does a better job with the supporting cast than the lead.

The good: Ravi, Rahul Kohli, Peyton, Aly Michallka, Major, Robert Buckley, David Anders’ two bits, and the rat has found a friend and something more…

Fun lines: “I read it for the articles,” “Shocking…Too soon?”, “I’ll do it!”, “It’s a zombie thing. You wouldn’t understand,” “I wanna see,” “Enjoy Hell!”, “You shrinking me?”, “I can’t talk about Fight Club,” and “Just icing.”

The bad: Liv is annoying for half of the episode, but that’s blamable on the brain, and the solutions to the mysteries is starting to fall into a pattern.

The final line: The lives of the supporting characters overshadows the mystery and the star. However, still fun to watch. Overall grade: B

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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