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“Brainless in Seattle, Part 1” is the first truly great episode of iZombie Season 4. It’s an hour that illustrates just how unique of a TV series this show really is, as it deftly balances drama, humor, and even horror. “Brainless in Seattle, Part 1” proves yet again that you can’t box iZombie into just one genre, and I’m so glad that you can’t. This is a show that excels at so many things, and I would never want to take away any of those aspects from the series. iZombie‘s ability to swiftly move from laugh-out-loud comedy to heartbreaking drama to bone-chilling thrills is what makes it one of the most special shows on television right now, and since its first season, it has been able to consistently strike that pitch-perfect balance time and time again.
The humor, heartbreak, and horror of “Brainless in Seattle, Part 1” all stem from one main source: the hopeless romantic brain that Liv eats this week. That brain belonged to Annie, a Kansas resident who paid a Seattle coyote named Bruce to help her sneak across the border so that she could be with her online love, Alan. As we find out at the end of the episode, thanks to both Mama Leone’s knowledge and Liv’s vision, Bruce belongs to a group of traffickers that isn’t interested in helping humans or zombies; what they like to do instead is harvest these individuals’ brains and other organs or even hold these people ransom so that their families will pay big money. Bruce, though, appears to be even more sinister. Given the remains that Liv and Clive discover in the incinerator during the hour’s final moments, it looks like Bruce is a serial killer, a person who has harmed innocent people like Annie over and over again.
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