Thursday, 5 April 2018

Adventures Through Netflix: Santa Clarita Diet - Season 2 Review

Santa Clarita Diet (Season 1) is probably the first Netflix Original series I actually enjoyed. It was quite funny, somewhat interesting and all round watchable, if overall not a masterpiece. It didn't break any new ground or do anything spectacular, but sometimes you just want a bit of "OK" mixed in with the "Great" and the "Crap". 

If you want to see what I wrote about Season 1 of Santa Clarita Diet, you can read my review of it HERE

Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet is really more of the same. It has its really funny moments but it also drags here and there. I previously thought the suburban family finding and killing different people would be the bit to get old, but actually it hasn't, although the over acting can get a little wearing. 

The key to this show is clearly the main cast, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are just so watchable (especially Olyphant) and they have an interesting chemistry that keeps me wanting to carry on. Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo (Abby and Eric) provide the normalising and sarcastic grounding to the crazy antics of the two leads and where most of the comedy flows. 

The Horror/Supernatural elements again just seem to provide a plot device to keep things moving rather than being particularly interesting, she's a Zombie.... we get it. 

Santa Clarita Diet is, for me, one of these series that despite being quite bad for several different reasons, I actually really enjoy it. The gore is bound to put off a few people, but its practically cartoon-ish so I didn't remotely flinch. 

Nathan Fillion as Gary the talking head is a good touch as I don't think that the series was ready to let Fillion go just yet. 


Still kinda funny and quite watchable although the formula is running a little thin. Hopefully they can mix up the formula a little to keep it fresh next season...

3/5 Slices

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