Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
What We Do In The Shadows is quite simply one of the funniest comedies on TV. Staying true to the source material and playing on everything that made the first season so great, Shadows returns for 10 more episodes of comedy and a consistent storyline that rounds things out beautifully with a wonderful crescendoed finale.
The story this time around picks up on some of the themes explored last season but largely focuses on Guillermo and Nandor’s fractured relationship as Vampire and Familiar. With Guillermo desperate to become a vampire and Nandor reluctant to turn him, the two come to blows and it causes uneasiness in the house. This is only further exacerbated by Guillermo leaning into his vampire hunting roots and trying in vain to dispel the familial links he has to Van Helsing. Of course, in true Shadows fashion things are not as simple as they seem.
This ultimately forms the backbone for the main narrative but Nadja, Laszlo and Colin Robinson all have their own parts to play here and given the limelight in individual episodes focusing on them. From Colin becoming the big boss at work to Laszlo forced to adopt a new identity on the run, Shadows keeps its hilarity high as the vampires are thrown into different situations that bring out the best comedy. Matt Berry’s comedic timing is by far the strongest element of this though and his lines are pure gold.
The comedy does creep on the side of crude just like before but at times it is a little overpowering and loses some of the subtlety felt with the other jokes which are a lot funnier by comparison. As an example of this, one whole episode revolves entirely around witches harvesting semen. The episodes themselves are consistently funny though and there’s certainly a lot more hits than misses here, boasting a lot of great material to chew through. The best is most definitely left for last though and the vampire theatre plot is the perfect climax to this story, rounding out all the narrative threads that have been built across the season in the best possible way.
With a third season already green-lit and Shadows only growing from strength to strength, the future certainly looks bright for this vampire-centric comedy. The characters are fleshed out a lot more this time around, the consistent narrative arc is a lovely inclusion that helps anchor everything together, while the series itself does well to capture the essence of what makes this show so endearing. One thing’s for sure though, season 2 is a step-up from last year and certainly among one of the best comedy series of the year.
Verdict - 9/10