Review: 'iZombie' Season 5 Episode 2 "Dead Lift"

"Dead Lift"

Director: Michael Fields
Writers: Philip Hoover and Jacob Farmer
Starring: Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Review by Jim Bennett
So as with the first episode, things in Seattle aren’t at their best. Tension between humans and zombies is pretty much at an all time high, with humans blaming zombies for the walling off of the city and zombies blaming humans for their - what can be best described as - lack of humanity towards them.
Rose McIver's Liv is back on form this week. After ingesting fitness guru brains (hence this weeks genius title) we get an entire episode of one of those annoying people constantly working out, or telling you how many calories are in whatever you’re eating. Oh, how I love those people?!?
Ravi is looking to help Peyton with their Zombie PR problem, I wont say how because its genius, but he does get a little help from one of his D&D mates, I love how they’re still playing D&D even while everything goes on around them. Can I join??
Major is stuck between a rock and a hard place at Filmore Graves, with his squad getting more annoyed at how they’re treated, while he tries to keep them on the right track.  How can they deal with humans and human/zombie attacks? There's so much to digest.
We had no Blaine or Donny this week but we did get the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of Seattle’s council members. As a huge basketball fan this made me geek out some!
So much is going on. The laugh quotient may not be as high as it once was, be the quality's still as good as it's ever been. These days we have a show that's dealing with a what is tantamount to racism. Actions have greater consequences now and our zombie gang are front and centre.

Conclusion

While this week was relatively heavy next week looks super fun, with a "Dancing episode." This show is very good at managing the difficult balancing act of heavy and emotional to light and fun, it’s just another reason why I love it. Well... that and Ravi, because who doesn’t just love Ravi?
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