iZombie (S04E01) “Are You Ready For Some Zombies?”

It’s all fun and games until you infect 10,000 people with a zombie virus. iZombie’s third season finale turned its established world upside down, and the season four premiere, “Are You Ready For Some Zombies?” wastes no time exploring the aftermath. Chase Graves (Jason Dohring) and his zombie paramilitary group Fillmore-Graves, have walled off Seattle, turning the city into a zombie police state. Chase and his troops are rationing out brains to Seattle’s starving zombie population and preparing to enforce a death penalty for scratching any remaining humans.

Many humans aren’t a fan of their new zombie neighbors including this week’s murder victim who’s hate for zombies falls just short of his love for the Seattle Seahawks. Our favorite crime-fighting zombie, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) inherits both traits when she munches on our vic’s brain, a habit which has been taken up by a good portion of the Seattle PD’s force.
Natural baddie Blaine Debeers (David Anders) faces some new struggles in so-called New Seattle, being forced by Chase to give information from the streets in exchange for the privilege of keeping his brain businesses open. What bewilders me is why Chase is allowing Blaine to stay open at all? There’s a brain shortage with zombies starving all over Seattle and Blaine’s one-percenter clients get whole brains to themselves?

Speaking of starving zombies, Major (Robert Buckley) is tasked with counseling teen zombies who were kicked out their homes by their parents. It seems like a cute setup that gives more humanity to Major’s storyline, but the whole thing is just a front for Chase to recruit the teens as soldiers for Fillmore-Graves. Not cool.

Another not cool aspect of this episode is Blaine’s father Angus McDonough (Robert Knepper). Okay this isn’t so much on the character but on Knepper himself. The CW investigated Knepper’s sexual misconduct allegations and decided to keep him around. Ugh. His storyline doesn’t give him any bonus points either. Angus is liberated from the well and has interpreted Blaine’s ramblings as the words of God. He the kills a human priest and starts a zombie cult. Ugh.

The one loose end left is Ravi (Rahul Kohli). When we last saw Dr. Chakrabarti he had been scratched by Liv after taking what he hoped could be a vaccine for zombieism. And it worked, kinda. Ravi is still human but every few weeks he develops a taste for the pink stuff and a white streak in his hair, classic signs of the undead. Fans have taken to calling him a were-zombie. I dig it.
Overall, despite its massive story changes, iZombie is still massively entertaining and I can’t wait to see what they do with this strange new world.

Next Episode: iZOMBiE (S04E02): “Blue Bloody” airs Monday, March 5, 2018 at 9/8c on The CW