Santa Clarita Diet
I'm a fan of zombie stuff so when I heard about the Santa Clarita Diet, which is a comedy/horror series from Netflix, I decided to give it a go.
The show was released in 2017 and has two seasons so far, ten episodes per season. With each episode being around thirty minutes, it's an easy show to binge. Now, word has come out that the show has gotten renewed for a third season, which will be another ten episodes and will be released in 2019.
Aside from the show being about zombies, another reason I wanted to check it out was the cast. It stars Drew Barrymore (Firestarter), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Liv Hewson (Marvel’s Inhumans) and Skyler Gisondo (Vacation). I like Barrymore and dig her in comedies. Olyphant is a really good actor and I was curious to see what he could do in a comedy. I've only seen Hewson in this and the Inhumans, but from what I've seen she's good. Gisondo, unfortunately, plays the same character no matter what he's in. Yeah, he's good as the geeky quite guy, but it gets old after a few.
The show centers on a happily married couple named Joel and Sheila Hammond, that are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. During a house showing, Sheila (Barrymore) starts throwing up, Exorcist-style. Feeling better neither her or Joel (Olyphant) think anything more about it and goes on with life. Slowly, Sheila starts to notice some changes about herself. Next thing we know... she's a zombie trying to live a "normal" suburban life.
Right off the bat, I can tell you this show isn't for everyone. Yeah, it's about zombies, but in a seriously comical sort of way. The whole thing is about trying to figure out how to live as a zombie and finding out how it happened to her in the first place because she wasn't bitten or scratched by anyone. Throughout the show, we watch as she tries to find food, deal with zombie issues as they come up and play happy family with her husband and daughter. When you have a story about zombies, of course, their's someone that knows all about them and is able to school you on them. That would be Eric (Gisondo), the families teenage neighbor. Since he has a crush on the daughter, he'll do almost anything to help them out.
Once you realize it's not a "horror" show, it's not that bad and it does bring the laughs. I've watched both seasons so far and I'm looking forward to the third. The first season is a little hard to get through, but they make up for it with a stronger second season. Unfortunately, ten thirty-minute episode goes by quick and before you know it, you're left wondering where it's all going from here.
On the plus side, it's a lot bloodier than I expected, but not gory if that makes sense and the effects are pretty good. Also, there's a nice twist to the zombie lore that I've never seen before and I'm liking it so far.
So, if you're looking for some lite horror, you might give Santa Clarita Diet a spin. If you've already watched it, let me know what you thought about it.5 hours ago