TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows – Season 2

I was a huge fan of the first series of What We Do in the Shadows, which is a spin off of the film of the same name so I was super excited to see what the next season would bring. New Jersey vampire housemates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetrio) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) are back for their mockumentry series along with their long suffering familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén).

This time the vampires face ghosts of their past, a Superbowl party, witch sex rituals, goats, internet trolls and the Vampiric Council amongst other things. Meanwhile Guillermo makes some new friends and discovers a somewhat unwanted talent.

This season was just as funny as the last if not more so. The older vampires complete misunderstanding of every situation they encounter is played so well. I loved the episode where they receive an email chain letter and think they have really been cursed, as well as their confusion about attending a Superb Owl (Superbowl) party.

Seeing Guillermo come into his own was great as was his masters realising how valuable he is to their lives. Laszlo and Nadja’s relationship remains a focal point and seeing how they wind each other up but can’t stay away from each other is so representative of a long term relationship. There is a really tender reunion between Nandor and the ghost of his horse that gives us more insight into him as a character… beyond being a bloody thirsty fourteenth century warlord and Nadja’s interactions with her haunted doll self are brilliant. (I want a haunted doll self).

The absolute best episode though is Colin’s Promotion where Colin Robinson gains so much energy from his soul sucking office job that he overpowers his housemates and is forced to make a very difficult choice.

As always there are loads of excellent cameos from Mark Hamill to Hayley Joel Osment and Benedict Wong and you can tell everyone is having a whale of a time playing their over the top characters.

If you like quirky, surreal comedy with an edge, you’ll love this and I would recommend catching the first season too.

4.5/5

1 Comment

  1. I wanted to like this, because I like Matt Berry. (Toast of London is a huge favourite of mine) But it didn’t grab me as I had expected it to, and I gave up in series one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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