Suffice it to say, the last few weeks/months have been a stressful time for many. As we continue to confine ourselves inside to stay safe during the pandemic, FX has been gearing up to present us with the newest season of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Recently, I had the chance to check out the first four episodes of Season 2 and honestly, it was the cure I needed to help me get through this depressing and dark timeline we have found ourselves in. Based on the feature film from directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Season 2 sees the return of vampire roommates Nador (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) along with human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillen).
Following in the footsteps of the film, as well as the first season, the show is presented in a documentary style. Once again, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS focuses on our favorite vampire roommates as they navigate a world that is still unfamiliar to them. This season also gives viewers some memorable cameos from actors such as Haley Joel Osment, Craig Robinson, and more. Issues that the roommates have to deal with range from everything such as zombies, ghost infestations, Super Bowl parties (and the humans who are obsessed with football), vampire hunting and much more.
Honestly, this show couldn’t have come at a better time. The humor is just as cutting as the first season with many quips that’ll have you doubled over in laughter. The situations that each of these characters find themselves in are so ridiculous; however, it’s never to the point of being annoyingly overused. Furthermore, each of our characters continues to have their own special comedic elements, such as Nadja’s new friend, a doll that’s inhabited by a certain ghostly presence. Additionally, I have a special place in my heart for Colin Robinson, he’s one of my favorite characters in the show and this season I feel like we get even more Colin Robinson (one must say his name in full each time) screentime. That said, I’m hoping my question of if Colin Robinson is either dead or alive will be answered this season. Regardless, the comedic timing, the talent of the actors, and the brilliant writing are the important factors used in making this show what it is. From what I’ve seen, Season 2 is really putting an emphasis on upping the ante in all departments which makes me even more excited to see the season in its entirety.
Season 2 also gives us more background into the characters as we continue to see them grow in the present-day world. Most notably, Guillermo is at the forefront in terms of growth especially in regards to a crossroad he may ultimately have to face. After the events that took place at the Vampiric Counsel in Season 1, Guillermo has been secretly doing his part to protect his master, as well as Nadja and Laszlo, from the vampires that wish to see them all dead. Of course, Nandor, Nadja, and Laszlo are completely unaware that this is happening as they are too self-involved to realize that Guillermo is defending and protecting them by killing vampires. That said, Guillermo begins to find a stronger voice within himself which should ultimately make for an interesting turn in regards to his relationship with his master. I also thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about the past lives that our vampire roommates once lived. Even more amusing is watching them try to acclimate themselves to modern times, especially when it has to do with the use of modern technology.
In all, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Season 2 is everything I could have hoped for and more. It’s a series that consistently makes me want to tune in each week to see what crazy and hilarious antics these characters will find themselves in next. The show, as a whole, does a terrific job of riding that fine line of being a horror/comedic masterpiece, without going off into the deep end. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Season 2 is the gift that keeps on giving and is the perfect reprieve from all the horrible news in the world. Make sure to tune in to FX on April 15, 2020, to catch the Season 2 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT (or catch it the following day on FX on Hulu).