iZombie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Matter’ Review: The Importance of Consent


WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS

You know, it had been a while since I had enjoyed an episode of iZombe this much. The wait for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Matter‘ was well worth it as the episode went from 0 to 100 very quickly. We had a pretty interesting case, a very amusing horny Liv and different character storylines finally being tied together. What else could you ask for?

‘Fifty Shades of Grey Matter’ had been quite hyped since the moment it was announced that Kristen Bell was going to make a cameo. Having her read erotica was amusing enough, but it got even more fun and meta when Liv added that she’s always felt “a kind of connection” to her. Besides that, this episode also promised a very horny Liv, which not only gave way to many funny situations, but also fed several ships in the fandom, the winner one being Liv/Drake… kinda, more on that later. Speaking now of the case, Muriel being the killer was quite obvious, and it was easy to guess that the killer had probably been either the flight attendant or Grace’s husband. However, that didn’t take away from the greatness of this case. Even though the husband’s excuse is still not enough reason to kill someone, I found his confession much more convincing and emotional than the majority we have had this season. But the best thing about this case was how well it fit the overarching themes of this season, particularly the character storylines.

Sex is not just about dirty jokes and one night stands. It can also be a very serious and powerful tool. This is not the first time that sex themes are used as parallels for plot points (ask How to Get Away with Murder), but the way in which iZombie used them was very clever. On one hand, we had Liv and Drake. Even though Liv had been flirting with everyone in this episode, she seemed to take a special interest in Drake. I found it very interesting that Liv chose not to go through with it because she realized there were some consent issues. Interestingly enough, the consent issues didn’t only come from Drake, who had been fed horny brain as well, but also from Liv. She makes a promise that, if after the horny effect is gone they still want each other, then they’ll go through it. As expected, as soon as the effect wears off, Liv realizes that she doesn’t really know anything about Drake, meaning that she made the right call.

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Peyton wasn’t so lucky though. Ever since she started working with Blaine, I knew that she would end up hurt, but I didn’t imagine that she would end up heartbroken. Drunken sex often carries its own consent issues, but Peyton had actually become quite interested in Blaine lately and I believe she would have agreed to having sex with him even if alcohol wasn’t a factor. However, the problem here comes from Blaine lying to her by hiding who he really is and what he’s done. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Peyton acts now that she knows the truth (and he doesn’t know that she knows it). Not only that but… will Blaine care about it? Or is she just a tool that he wanted to play with? It’s probably the latter, but I believe it would be interesting to see Blaine actually developing feelings for someone.

If these two couples weren’t enough, Clive and Bozzio’s relationship keeps growing stronger. I’m really liking Bozzio, so I’m doing my best to ignore the death flag she has over her head. Not only are they investigating Blaine, but they also almost caught Major with Minor. For two people who know nothing about the zombie world, they sure are very deep in it, and that’s never a good sign.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey Matter’ had a lot of talk about sex, but also about temptation and being able to resist it by choosing logic over emotions. This season is going to be longer than the first one, so I’m very curious to see how the show is going to manage to keep things interesting and intense while keeping the case-of-the-week formula. But if ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Matter’ is any indication, I believe they will be able to pull it off.


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