Thursday, April 12, 2018

TV Show Review: Santa Clarita Diet (Season 2)

Netflix zombie comedy continues to be hilarious in a gory second season. This streaming service does a decent job with the previous season recap but I still couldn't remember everything that happened,  I just remember it being really funny. The second season has Hammond family having barely escaped exposure for who they truly are, murderers, but Joel (Timothy Olyphant) is stuck in an asylum trying to prove his sanity. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) is chained to a post while their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) and her friend Eric Bemis (Skyler Gisondo) try to discover a cure by gathering vomit from a Serbian. Joel is finally released and works with Sheila to solve problems without murdering and eating the people that cause them.

Sheila has a desire to hunt animals and a group of rival realtors try to steal their business so Joel uses Sheila's newfound instinct to win the deal. When Joel and Sheila learn that the body of Sheila's first victim Gary (Nathan Fillon) is buried on property that is about to be developed they dig up Gary only to find his head is still alive and talking a lot. They decide that they will end Gary's undead existence and Gary agrees only if they do a few chores for him like signing over a deed to his niece. Gary's niece leads Sheila to a group of Nazis, which she uses as a ready supply of meat. Eric develops a crush on the drug store girl Ramona (Ramona Young) and is happy about their growing relationship until he discovers that she is a zombie too. 

The couple continues to investigate how Sheila turned into a zombie even as they advise Ramona to cover up her murders. Joel traces Sheila's and Ramona's infection to a restaurant known as Japapo's but because he is an avid Yelp reviewer, the owner notices him and refuses to give him the receipts of the same night unless he edits his review. It sounds as silly as it is but Joel takes his review seriously but makes the sacrifice finding another person who might be infected. Sheila works her way through the Nazis and even blacks out when she gets hungry and recklessly kills another. She worried that she killed her rude and sexist boss Carl (Andy Richter) but he turned up fine. 

After Joel survives an old man zombie attack, he learns from Eric that the clams were supplied by Ruby (Sarah Baker) but Ruby believes that Joel is part of a clam rival. The couples learn to work together but their trouble doesn't give them time to pay attention to Abby who is going through a crisis. Abby gets a bit too into environmentalism and plans a terrorist attack against a fracking company. Everything comes to a head when Eric's mom Lisa (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) has started a relationship with Anne Garcia (Natalie Morales) whose investigation leads her to Sheila and Joel but they reveal Gary to her and her religious zeal plus Abby's explosion make her a convert.

Santa Clarita Diet is another excellent show from Netflix that utilizes great one-liners and topical humor alongside cheesy zombie gore. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore play off one another well while Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo provide youthful subplots and young romantic attention. The short thirty-minute episodes make it easy to binge the whole show in a weekend and the growing troubles and recurring cliffhangers make it hard to stop watching. I am looking forward to seeing where the show goes in the third season. 

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