comedy & parody

[TV Review] What We Do in the Shadows Season 2 (2020) ★★★★★

Guillermo, colín, Nandor, Nadja and Laszlo in What We Do in the Shadows season 2

What We Do in the Shadows is brilliantly funny with new fresh hilarious turns.


The second season of What We Do in the Shadows is even funnier than the first season with much more room for the less dominant characters, Colin Robinson and Guillermo who prove to be the dark horses of the series. There’s also much more emphasis on the documentary camera crew which creates a more mockumentary feel that results in multiple fun scenes. With more over the top campy adventures, vampire stupidities and life threatening situations this second season promises a crazy whimsical fun ride. Bat!

This second season consists of 10 episodes with each a duration of 30 minutes.  Each episode has a new exciting and bizarre adventure or predicament our beloved vampires find themselves in, but luckily there’s always Guillermo who saves the day night.


Plot

The first season ended with Nadja, Laszlo and Nandor escaping the death sentence imposed by the Vampire Council with the help of Colin Robinson and Guillermo. While the latter also found out he’s a descendant of Abraham van Helsing, and that he is in fact a natural born vampire slayer. This discovery comes very much in handy for the Council sends assassins to kill Nadja, Laszlo and Nandor but Guillermo kills them all without the others even knowing about it. And he tries to get a life at the side. 

But Guillermo isn’t the only one who is evolving, Colin Robinson gets a promotion, discovers internet trolling and gets juiced up big time. 

Meanwhile Nadja, Laszlo and Nandor get a new familiar Topher, actually, several who die all the time, they summon their own ghosts, they visit their neighbors for the Super Bowl Superb Owl party, think they are cursed with a chain letter, get attacked by witches and Laszlo has to flee from an ancient enemy. So, life is never boring in the Victorian mansion for the vampires and Guillermo.


Why you should watch it

While the first season was a great introduction to the silliness of the vampires, and their domestic life, this new season continues on the same foot, but focuses more on two characters who were always taken for granted and were considered a nuisance to the three real vampires. Guillermo was the silly familiar who desperately wanted to be turned into a vampire and had to put up with all the childish crap of Nandor. And Colin Robinson was not only a bore but they had to put up with him because he earned the money, and is also a lot smarter than them. 

But now things are changing. Guillermo is a badass vampire slayer, but still wants to be a vampire too, which is a bit conflicting and confusing for Guillermo. It gets even more conflicting when he joins a group of vampire hunter nerds and he kills a whole mansion with a big vampire family all by himself and with wonderful panache and without full intent. And he even quits his job and goes off working for another vampire who promises him to turn him very soon. 

Colin is turning into a badass energy vampire who finds new and improved ways to feed which turns him into a powerful vampire, and even evolves into three of him. Although both Guillermo and Colin Robinson look like stupid nerds and are treated as such, they are anything but. This new turn is a brilliant one to refresh this new season. While Nadja, Nandor and Laszlo stay the same naive and clueless vampires. 

This results in more fun, more adventures, more storylines and over the top campy humor. The humor is an absolute joy, it’s over the top, campy, rude and silly and it often results in laughing out loud moments. Colin’s “Updog” is too much and the punch line at the end is a brilliant one and also defines his character in a most witty way. 

Nadja reinvents herself by putting her ghost into a doll so that she has some other company to enjoy herself with and who understands her instead of the stupid men. Laszlo also reinvents himself when he’s on the run for he doesn’t want to pay a debt and starts a country bar and enjoys the local volleyball team. Even Nandor grows as a vampire when his old familiar shows up, now in his eighties who still wants to be turned into a vampire as promised, which gives some perspective to Guillermo. So Guillermo turns to a familiar just turned vampire who promises to turn all her familiars very quickly. Of course things aren’t as they seem and Nandor realizes he truly misses Guillermo as a friend and familiar and comes to his aid. 

So while all the new adventures, miscommunications and whimsical or dire situations are paramount to the story, each character also grows and evolves which also keeps the story interesting, secretly layering the story with serious stuff and moving matters. It never gets too silly or over the top that it outshines the characters and plausibility. 

The camera crew also gets a more prominent role by being acknowledged by the vampires, and others resulting in a more realistic mockumentary style, with running away, a shaky camera and shots aimed at the ground. This addition is a great one and adds to the campy style and makes you realize ‘real’ people are filming other ‘real’ people being killed or being for real in a vampire den, with makes it all the more crazy and fun. 


My favorite part

I real liked that Guillermo became a much more important character who turns out to be a dark horse. He’s in fact a hero but doesn’t look the part which makes it even more fantastic without becoming a mere whimsical joke. Although the whole series itself is full of whimsical fun. 

How Colin Robinson was turned into a more important character was also done in a brilliant way magnifying his characteristics without making them silly but in fact more realistic turning the joke on the other three vampires. Both Colin and Guillermo aren’t as stupid as they look, are in reality smart and badass, while the three real vampires feel superior. That gag is a brilliant one and becomes a prominent part of the humor. 

Each episode is full of my kind of humor and I can’t decide which one I liked best. With a consistent type of humor each episode and adventure or situation still differs from one another so the humor never becomes repetitive or lame. I enjoyed every little bit of it and I can’t wait to see where their misadventures take them next.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Fun factor: ★★★★★

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

What We Do in the Shadows is created by Taiki Waititi and Jemaine Clement. It stars Kayvan Novak (Nandor), Matt Berry (Laszlo), Natasia Demetriuo (Nadja), Harvey Guillén (Guillermo) and Mark Proksch (Colin).

Music: Mark Mothersbaugh. Cinematography: D.J. Stipsen. Production companies: FX Productions, Two Canoes Pictures, 343 Incorporated. Original network: FX.


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