iZombie “Eat, Pray, Liv” review

Series 3 of iZombie hit the ground running, episode 1 picked up straight where series 2 left off, in fact, it picked up just a couple of seconds after the events of the series 2 finale. But now with episode 3, it seems like relationships are starting to become strained one, in particular, Ravi and Peyton. For the past few episodes it seems that both characters are at each others throats with Ravi jealous of Peyton’s actions with Blaine and Peyton calling Ravi out on his self-centred behaviour, only for it all to fall apart at the end of the episode when it’s revealed that Ravi made the impulsive (and completely stupid) decision to sleep with Katty after Peyton didn’t respond immediately to his announcement that he is in love with her. It’s clear that Ravi continues to see; from the fact that Peyton and Blaine slept together.

It is the juxtaposition of knowing that Ravi is spiralling and obsessing over something that’s clearly none of his business, while at the same time being able to see where he is coming from, ultimately he is a good guy who has put himself in a very difficult position. The great thing about this episode and ultimately the show is that it never lets Ravi be the one in the right nor does it ask you to sympathise with his actions. When he tries to guilt Peyton into an apology, she calls him out on it and asserts her right to do whatever she wants with her own life, and rightfully so “Your opinion on this matter is irrelevant” is one of Peyton’s best lines/moments yet, even when she is forgiving him at the end of the episode it is clear that she isn’t giving him a pass and that’s what makes the revelation that he slept with Dr Kupps so brutal, it was Peyton who said that the only person who was keeping them from happening was Ravi himself, in the end, that’s exactly what he did all over again.

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In addition to the Ravi and Peyton’s storyline and heartbreak, there was still a little left over for Major as he comes to the realisation that he is going to have to take the zombie cure soon, which could ultimately mean loosing his memories. Major’s cure also comes when he’s getting the hang of mercenary training and continuing the search for Natalie, it was a story that didn’t quite get the time to develop and felt a little overshadowed by the Ravi, Peyton and Blaine storyline. But what Major’s storyline does is acts as a great counterpoint to Blaine’s character. With Blaine not wanting to remember his old awful self while all the time Major wanting to keep a hold of his memories (including those of Liv)
Talking of Blaine his father appears in this episode in order to (Spoiler alert) get his will money from Blaine (now that he’s alive again) while at the same time reminding Blaine that he hates him.

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The case of the week was straightforward, serving mostly for Liv to get into the comically funny super-Zen mode and spout a lot of meditation words that ultimately mean nothing but add a great sense of humour to the otherwise serious storylines of Ravi, Peyton, Blaine and Major. But that isn’t a complaint, in fact, it’s far from it, there is nothing wrong from putting Liv in the background occasionally and not giving her a major story arc every week.

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