‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season 2 Review: Vampire Comedy Takes a Brilliant and Bloody Twist
Published on Apr 16, 2020
“What We Do in the Shadows” wasn’t begging for a television adaptation. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s goofy mockumentary about dopey vampire roommates stuffed into a Victorian manor crammed a very enjoyable one-joke conceit into 85 minutes. Well, it turns out some jokes deserve retelling many times over. The first season of FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” made a wonderful case for the prospects of new hijinks, revising its characters, transplanting the setting from the Wellington suburbs to Staten Island, and just letting that inherent silliness run its course. The idea for a gothic horror makeover of “The Office” is funny enough, but showrunner Clement clearly didn’t take that appeal for granted. With Season 2, “Shadows” has settled into its absurdist groove while taking it in a refreshing new direction, by revealing that a human is the real start of the show.
That’s Guillermo (Harvey Guillén
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Author: Eric Kohn