Thursday, August 10, 2017

iZombie - The Exterminator



While Blaine takes a back seat in “The Exterminator”, Olivia fills in much to her detriment and dismay. She eats the brains of a man who was run over by a car. This man, as it turns out, was a hit man masquerading as a square. He was a stone cold sociopath and Olivia gradually takes on his non-feeling characteristics. Feeling no pain, not caring about anyone that might be hurt by her ambivalence, and in a moment where Ravi is dire need of her help, that sociopathic presence of that hitman results in almost watching him die; Olivia has her worst brains yet. She sees through his eyes as he shoots a guy right in the head because he didn’t pay a debt he owed. Seeing someone killed through the eyes of the killer is alarming, at first, but reduced to a walking, cold-blooded, apathetic creep eventually removes those decent, emphatic qualities that make her such a treasure. It appears as if Major is ready to move on as a slight video of another girl and him kissing on a social media site, and with the sociopathic brains Olivia doesn’t react much to her best friend’s surprise (Aly Michalka, as Peyton Charles, attorney). Olivia fails to realize the impact of her involvement in getting an innocent man off much to Peyton’s embarrassment when her psychic “gift” leads her to Babineaux. Olivia challenged Babineaux’s work ethic and desire for keeping an innocent man out of prison, and knows a lot about guns.



I hadn’t yet mentioned much about Peyton although I think she’ll be a pivotal character in keeping Olivia honest. She loves her unconditionally but worries about her sudden shift into this distanced and “too often at arm’s length” morgue-working oddball. This episode has the two going through a lot. Peyton was about to try her first big case and because of Olivia it was dynamited. And with Major somewhat abandoned and left to wonder how it all went wrong, Peyton doesn’t let Olivia off the hook. But Olivia simply can’t tell her bestie and beloved she’s a zombie. How does someone even do that really?

The creative in the writer’s room are not about to allow those in Olivia’s life to just remain sidelined. Olivia doesn’t need them away from her. She needs to remain tied to society, to friends, to family. She’s a zombie, sure, but they don’t know that. Olivia is still their friend, ex-lover, daughter, and sister. Ravi, also, is the new friend in her life that also reminds her of her humanity. When the sociopathic tendencies of the hitman pass on to Olivia, her inner humanity was able to break through in Ravi’s time of need. Ravi and Olivia discover her former colleague at the hospital for which both worked. This friend fell into a pit in this abandoned area on the outskirts of the city. Without brains, this friend has deteriorated into a rotten corpse, with a brain completely ravaged, with eyes no longer revealing the person once behind them. Ravi believes it is possible to reverse her condition by feeding her fresh brains. He wants to study her as he does Olivia, but unfortunately once the zombie deteriorates it is all hunger. Ravi accidentally slips down into the pit as the zombie moves towards him to seize upon him as Olivia doesn’t break a sweat, move a finger, or seem heroic at all. Ravi has to beg for Olivia to help him, and somehow she fights through the influence of the hitman’s brains, rescuing him. Beating the zombie to a pulp, Olivia goes into that “beast mode” again, full on rage and fury behind her blows. Heaving and hissing, Olivia has to come back to herself as Ravi obviously shows concern that she might turn on him as well. This will be an interesting dilemma to watch going forward.

A friend of Major's is looking for his  friend, and they turn to Olivia for help. Olivia goes to Babineaux, and this missing friend gets some needed attention Missing Persons just couldn't bother to provide. However, it is soon realized that perhaps Blaine might be responsible. The friend is asking folks around town and he runs into Blaine where skateboards and the like congregate. This is the perfect opportunity for Blaine to perhaps secure some fresh brains! Becoming the signature villain of the show, it is clear that few are safe.














Devon Gummersall  guest stars as the emerging suspect eventually surfacing in Olivia’s memory along with the make and style of his unique car. He is a big shot in Seattle and openly challenges and mocks Babineaux when interrogated. Narcissistic and empowered by his stature, Gummersall needs to brought down a peg or two, or three, or four… A nifty trick involving an orange vest and Ravi’s help might just get him to sign a confession.

I also wanted to mention that I can only imagine how much of a thrill it must be to be stretched every episode as an actress as McIver not only plays her character but takes on personalities and quirks from those that have died. She is ultimately often two people every episode…McIver, to her credit, able is up for the challenge and never fails to impress. I just love this woman.

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The Girlfriend Experience- Boundaries

Before I sod off, I have had this on paper for a week! Been either forgetting about it or just avoiding it. Last Thursday night I watche...

Ahs

Ahs

Edc

Edc
Blog's Dead all Over
"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

Sbut

Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

hal1

It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

Jtm 2

Jtm 2

Rave

Rave

Mrub

Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

sm6

sm6

Rv1

Rv1

Nas

Nas

nos3

nos3

Lok

Lok

Po

Po

Ra6

Ra6

dawn

dawn

Dracula's Daughter ('36)

Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

mh2

mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

Ghspo

Ghspo
Movie, so-so, but poster, cool

Enl

Enl

nos4

nos4

gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


No 2

No 2
Jason Lives

clothes line

clothes line

Ahorr

Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

Fdfn2

Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

Sh fr

Sh fr
Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

f133

f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

ring 2

ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

exc4

exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

Ps89

Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

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pcushig

His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

wb

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

WZ

WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

h1

h1
Look behind you!

Bs

Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

linnea

linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

Hp

Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

Hill

Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Frere and dummy

Frere and dummy

Mlove

Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

Lips

Lips

Fhz

Fhz

Ph

Ph

Vestron

Vestron
Vintage VHS

sm 3

sm 3

Monique parent

Monique parent
Erotique in Review

Were5

Were5

f13

f13
November 2015

Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

Ms45 w

Ms45 w

Churcvh

Churcvh
The Church 1989

Ww

Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

Ckvh

Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

Bw5

Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.