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Look of the Week: Ravi and Liv solve crimes in style on iZombie

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Jul 7, 2019

Welcome back to Look of the Week, celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics! 

It is the final season of iZombie, which means the stakes have never been higher as zombies and humans struggle to co-exist within the city walls of Seattle. This is a high-pressure cooker situation, so it's no surprise that the murder rate hasn’t dropped. More often than not, the perpetrators are humans, meaning that Liv Moore (Rose McIver) is still required to eat the brain of a victim in order to help solve their murder.

With each brain comes a new personality that has an impact on how Liv speaks, behaves, and dresses. She is never alone in this task, but on occasion she is not alone in the brain snacking. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) tested a vaccine on himself back in Season 3 and has been living with the consequences ever since. For a 72-hour period, Ravi experiences his “monthlies,” in which he temporarily becomes a zombie.

Spoilers ahead for iZombie.

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A flash of silver is often associated with X-Men's Rogue, but this salt-and-pepper hair trend has been all over the red carpet lately, with actors like Richard Madden, Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, and Kyle Chandler all sporting this style. On iZombie, Ravi doesn’t get the whole zombie hair-bleach treatment; instead, his quiff temporarily changes color. He also craves brains, joining Liv in her culinary concoctions. In a recent episode, “Death of a Car Salesman,” a perfect grilled cheese — and it did look pretty perfect, brain relish aside — is the dish in question. Ravi and Liv have always made quite the formidable team, but this partnership takes on a new competitive edge thanks to the sandwich that has been infused with a dash of car salesman.

This isn’t the first time that Liv and Ravi have worn matching attire in order to solve the case of the week. Earlier this season they went undercover as professional dance partners in “Five, Six, Seven, Ate!”, but on that occasion it was only Liv who was under the influence of another personality.

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Ravi had to endure dance training with Liv and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin), which included a fantastic montage sequence. Ravi was unenthusiastic about this; however, in an Instagram post (see below), actor Rahul Kohli described it as a "highlight of my 5 years on this show."

The outlandish dance costumes in this episode are fun, but this sequence is even better.

Ravi might be out of his comfort zone as a dancer, but after consuming car salesman brain he ditches his comfy sweater for an aesthetic that is full Wolf of Wall Street. Costume designer Michelle Hunter delivers on the Gordon Gekko contrast collar and cuff shirt as well as the accessories, which include a paisley tie, suspenders, a gold watch, a signet ring, a tie bar, a Bluetooth earpiece, and a toothpick. Liv is working the suit look too, but in terms of who has nailed the image of capitalism, Ravi has it hands down.

It is also worth noting that costume mirroring between Liv and Ravi doesn't only occur when under the influence of other brains or undercover. Their regular work attire is similar, and not just because they both wear lab coats. They both favor a casual approach and often wear the same color palette (or at least complementary colors), indicating their synchronicity.

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Liv takes a trip back in time in the following episode, "The Fresh Princess,” which nails the whole ‘90s throwback aesthetic. Era-specific references include obligatory Clueless quotes, misusing the word "ironic," and Spice Girls songs. Laurie-Beth is the murder victim, a Miss Teen Seattle beauty pageant contestant who has been in a coma for 20 years after suffering an anaphylactic shock as a result of tainted makeup. Laurie-Beth has only just died, but her brain is stuck in 1999, which is where Liv spends most of this episode culturally. Ravi is back to normal, although he still fires off a very Cher Horowitz-sounding "Whatever!"

Sometimes the costume changes are more extreme or dated than others, but in “The Fresh Princess,” it is a slightly more stylized approach to Liv’s casual look. Liv’s plaid skirt/cute sweater pairing doesn't have to be vintage when stores such as Topshop, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters, and J.Crew all have items like this on sale. The butterfly hairclips are a fun nod to the hair accessory of the time, and the plastic daisy earrings are a definite reminder of iconic Drew Barrymore photos from this decade.

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Making the world a better place is something both Liv and Ravi have long been striving to do. Ravi has continued to search for a cure, which leads him to a boyfriend/girlfriend team-up in this episode with Peyton (Aly Michalka). Liv, loaded up on pageant girl brain, leads to soundbites perfect for the stage, but the foundation for those zombie/human relations sentiments was already there.

As this is the final season, there are plenty of dangling story threads that require attention — including Liv’s complex family situation. Before this final season, the last time Liv’s mom and brother appeared was in the Season 2 premiere after Liv refused to give her brother a blood transfusion, as it would have turned him into a zombie. All those years have passed and forgiveness has not been achieved. In “The Fresh Princess,” Liv does help her mom and sick brother get out of Seattle using her connections, but she is also dealing with her father, someone she has only just met.

Unfortunately, Martin (Bill Wise) isn’t exactly who Liv thinks he is. At the end of "The Fresh Princess," Ravi and Peyton discover he is also “Beanpole Bob,” the architect of the tainted Utopium and father of all zombies. He is also behind the aggressive zombie resistance against the anti-zombie Dead Enders and Major's (Robert Buckley) attempts to keep the peace.

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Ravi now has this huge secret about Liv's father that will no doubt send shockwaves through the last four episodes of iZombie. This is something the audience is already aware of, so it will be interesting to see how both Ravi and Peyton navigate this bombshell.

With a revelation of this size, it seems appropriate that the next episode (airing July 11) is leaning into film noir tropes. There isn't much time to save Seattle or Liv's relationships, but there is no doubt the cast of iZombie will do it all in style. 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author's, and do not necessarily reflect those of SYFY WIRE, SYFY, or NBC Universal.

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