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iZombie Season 3 Review: 3.3: Eat, Pray, Liv

This week’s episode of iZombie season 3 was bogged down in the dynamic between Peyton Charles, Blaine DeBeers and Ravi Chakrabarti.

There was one real highlight to this mess. Peyton laying into Ravi about how she doesn’t need to explain herself to him. That scene was cathartic, but it points to the larger issue of why Ravi is suddenly acting like this. Of course, it makes sense for him to be affected by Peyton’s relationship with Blaine. Who wouldn’t be? But, the fact that it’s manifesting in jealousy rather than concern is truly upsetting. Ravi has never been entitled in this way before. Part of what made him so refreshing was that he was a male nerdy best friend who’s genuinely supportive and without ulterior motive.

Aside from Ravi’s chaterization, the Peyton and Blaine dynamic itself is a big problem. It seems that iZombie is going down the road of trying to play up some sort of sexual tension between them. The fact that Peyton had sex with Blaine once is viscerally upsetting. So, this feels like a weird direction to go in. The amnesia plot reminds me of The Vampire Diaries desperate attempt to put Elena Gilbert with Damon Salvatore after everything he’d done.

So, Ravi acting like a real Xander Harris. The show is trying to push Peyton with a sexy villain regardless of whether it makes any sense. All around this feels like a lesser supernatural show. I want iZombie to better than this.

Of course there were charming parts of this episode. Rose McIver delivered another great performance as Liv Moore on yoga instructor brains. The moment when Major Lilywhite watched Liv dance and reflected on how much he doesn’t want to forget his love for her was perfect in its simplicity.

Hopefully, whatever iZombie season 3’s plans for Peyton and Blaine are, they’ll reach their endgame quickly. I don’t want this hijacking the whole season.

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