iZOMBIE Review: “Twenty-sided, Die”


iZOMBIE rolls creative fun from the D&D world when a Dungeon Master is poisoned in “Twenty-sided, Die.” iZombie is delivering a perfect third season, expanding on its strengths, and teasing new story worlds, like Zombie Island!

Last week Liv ditched Ravi at Harley Johns’ truther rally. Harley and his brothers discuss their plan to divvy up suspected zombie targets, surveil them and identify one to kidnap, starve, and broadcast as zombie evidence to wake the world to the quiet rise of the undead. Ravi speaks up and confesses he’s a medical examiner and knows zombies are real. He convinces Mr. Johns that his plan is too dangerous because of the highly infectious nature of the zombie virus. The Johns brothers agree to put the kidnapping on hold until Ravi perfects a cure, but he still hands out surveillance assignments. On the brighter side, Ravi meets Rachel, a lovely young photographer, that wants to add a zombie to her collection of pictures including Nessie and Sasquatch. Ravi deserves a little kindness.

iZombie -- "Twenty-Sided, Die" -- Image Number: ZMB309a_0216.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Ella Cannon as Rachel and Rahul Kohli as Ravi -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Peyton discusses James Weckler with his prison psychologist. She confides that Weckler suffered from visions of his dead wife. He would have never gone to a dominatrix for recreational purposes. Peyton’s boss, Floyd Baracus, tells her, in a very kind way, to drop the case. He appreciates the work she’s done, but it’s time to move on.

Blaine explains the new management structure of the Scratchin’ Post and lets Tanner the bartender test drive Blaine’s new version of blue soaked brain, based on Ravi’s recipe. The brain belonged to a WWII bomber gunner and prolific cocksman. Tanner reports the intensity of the brain and how thrilling the adventures were. Blaine tells the rest of the staff to push the new product. Don E tries a little for himself, but he has a rabid experience. He runs out of the Scratchin’ Post after scaring most of the other customers and gets captured by one of Johns’ teams in the alley. They take him to see Ravi while he’s still all red and deadly.

The brain of the week belongs to Dan Harbison, a thirty-year-old Dungeon Master who dies on game night in front of his friends Zoe, Vampire Steve, Diego and Jimmy. Clive interviews them all while Liv is high on Dungeon Master and delivers a stream of hilarious life narratives for each situation. All the men had a crush on Zoe who works at a comic book shop. Lets face it, comic book shop women are the white whales of a whole generation of Americans. Zoe says she was attracted to Dan and the power he wielded as Dungeon Master. Clive doesn’t believe any of Dan’s friends had the spiritual weaponry to poison him.

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Master Liv suggests Clive, Ravi, Peyton, and Major join her for an adventure game night to trigger a helpful flash. This is a hilarious scene. Peyton doesn’t want to be there, but every time her character dies, Ravi’s character saves her. Ravi and Major embrace the adventure, games are their regular thing, but it’s Clive that really gets excited as the game progresses. Liv receives a helpful flash, Dan had a hidden room in his apartment and Zoe knew about it.

Liv and Clive search Dan’s hidden lair which is packed with a computer equipment and a server. Dan was looking at plans of a Russian power plant before he died. The Feds arrive soon after Clive updates his file. They believe Dan may have been targeted by Russian agents and relieve Clive of the murder case. Clive’s former heart-ache, Agent Bozzio draws the case. Clive chases after her and finds her waiting on the sidewalk outside his office. He professes his love for Bozzio and she crushes him with a cold front, then climbs in an Uber and rolls away. That’s right, FBI agent breaks heart and dramatic exits in a ride-share. Sorry Clive, you deserve better.

iZombie -- "Twenty-Sided, Die" -- Image Number: ZMB309b_0136.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Rose McIver as Liv and Kurt Evans as D.A. Baracus -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Date night follows game night when Liv and Justin go to a fancy political fundraiser for zombie mayoral candidate, Floyd Baracus. Liv meets charisma-challenged Chase Graves who is there to meet the man he’s funding and pressure Liv to deliver actionable intelligence on the truthers. Chase mentions the opening of Zombie Island is coming soon! Someone opens fire on Baracus while he’s standing next to his son. Chase returns fire on the would-be assassin and Liv shields Baracus from the many cameras as he goes full-fanged and red-eyed. The press works to his advantage.

Major discovers a whole box of Chaos Killer hate mail that Ravi tried to keep hidden from him. However, there was one sympathetic letter from a woman named Shawna who says she knows how it feels to be falsely accused. Ravi and Major both agree she’s probably guilty, but he ends up calling her one night when he’s home alone. She looks innocent enough, that’s how we know she’s bad for sure.

“Twenty-sided, Die” ends with the return of Stacey Boss. He tells his driver he’s back in Washington to collect what he’s owed. With Angus in the well, Mr. Boss is a welcome baddie.

Season 3, Episode 9 (S03E09)
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9PM on The CW

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