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TV Review: iZombie 3.1 “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother”
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iZombie 301-05

Season 3 Episode 1: “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother”
Directed by Dan Etheridge
Written by Rob Thomas
Created by Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright
Starring Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 9:00pm

Last season on iZombie, the zombie secret was out… first to Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) and then to the rest of Seattle. Liv (Rose McIver) told Clive to help Major (Robert Buckley), who was in hot water for being the Chaos killer (even though he really didn’t kill anyone). Max Rager had a party that ended in a zombie rampage, complete with massacre, and Rob Thomas (wink wink) of Matchbox 20 bit the dust as well. Liv had to kill Drake to save Clive. Ravi (Rahul Kohli) found out about Blaine and Peyton (David Anders, Aly Michalka). The gang met Vivian Stoll (Andrea Savage), CEO of Fillmore Graves Enterprises, the company that just took over the now defunct Max Rager.

Spoilers below.

iZombie 3.1 “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother” review: “You really should tan and dye. We’re trying to keep a secret here,” is the line of the episode. And Vivian is right. Liv screams “I’m a zombie” every time she walks down the street.

Vivian brainstorms with Liv, Major, and Clive about what would happen should the world find out about zombies. The three are really not sure what to make of this woman. They go back to the offices to find out what she means. Vivian is preparing for D-Day (Discovery Day). Although she hopes it remains a secret, she is prepared for the day when people try to exterminate zombies, and shows them her zombie soldier trainees, the classroom for zombie children, and “zombie island,” the sanctuary for zombies. I think they definitely have a right to be wary. This lady seems to be on both sides villain-wise, but definitely on the side of siding with the zombies at the expense of humanity, should it come to that. Clive has a hard time getting over zombie children, especially when he sees a little boy that he knows.

Liv declares no lies between the five of them. Clive inadvertently spills that Blaine and Peyton were romantically involved, purely based on his detective skills.

Don E. (Bryce Hodgson) quits and Blaine still has no idea. Is he faking? I can’t tell. He goes downstairs and finds Blaine’s frozen dad, Angus (Robert Knepper). He proposes a deal to Angus. We know Angus will doublecross him, but I’m just glad Knepper is back in play.

Major’s house is vandalized with “Chaos Killer” spray painted across the front. He can’t get a job, even the barista at the coffee house writes “chaos killer” on the cup. Poor Major. He is always trying to do the right thing, but bungles it up, and gets the “raw” end of the deal.

Ravi is heartbroken and flipping out over Peyton and Blaine, and Liv is no comfort on soldier brain. He should be flipping. While he is moping, Peyton visits Blaine to thank him for saving her life, and Blaine asks her if they were a couple. Um… Later, Peyton got scared because of some nasty tweets and Ravi didn’t answer, so she called Blaine. Um…

Ravi shows Clive his 17 cures, which results in almost complete amnesia. But he is sure he can fix that too. I think I would choose to stay a zombie.

The security card from the night of the Max Rager party drops the “eating brains” bombshell on comspiracy radio, just as Clive and Liv arrive to stop them, which validates his story.

Liv comes down off the soldier brain and started crying in the car to Clive about killing her boyfriend. So he gets her drunk and drops her off with Ravi.

Ravi’s old boss brings a case to the morgue. She will obviously mess up what they have going on.

They go to a crime scene and it’s that little boy Clive knew. He and his family were murdered in an obvious hate crime against zombies. Clive vows to protect the secret and the zombies.

Cut to: Vivian is very upset and breaks the news to the other children. Liv lets her know that her group is on her side, and then sees Major jogging past. He finally found a job that would take him. Major works there now.

iZombie came back with a solid episode that cleaned up the mess (sorta) of the finale, while nicely setting up the goals for season 3. It’s good to have a giant company have your back to keep messy secrets. Clive is all in on the secret, handing the clueless cop mantle over to Cavanagh (Robert Salvador). While there is no more Steven Weber or Eddie Jemison or even really Blaine to be our big bads, we now have all of society, Angus, and the mystery tweeter as our villains. The jury is still out on Blaine, however, I think he is well on our way to being the “Spike” of iZombie. I do feel bad for Ravi, but he needs to man up and go after his girl if that is what he wants. And please… let Major and Liv have a bit of happiness together, please.

iZombie airs Tuesday nights on The CW.


When Liv (Rose McIver), Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) arrive at the scene to investigate a fatal car accident, they begin to suspect foul play was involved. Both starving, Liv and Major (Robert Buckley) consume the brains of the accident victims, a well-meaning father and his angsty teenage daughter. Meanwhile, when Clive is brought in for questioning about a family that was murdered, he’s forced to reveal his past history with them. Lastly, Peyton (Aly Michalka) extends an olive branch to Ravi (Rahul Kohli), and Major hits a road block in his search for Natalie (guest star Brooke Lyons “The Affair”).

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iZombie 3×01 Sneak Peek “Heaven Just Got A Little Smoother” (HD) Season 3 Episode 1 Sneak Peek

In the third season, Liv has discovered there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously believed. In fact, there is a private military contractor employing a small zombie army, and that army is preparing for the day humans learn of their existence. Major finds a job and acceptance in this army. Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may just 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 season, Liv will eat the brains and 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 many more.

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