Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Round Two: Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1, Episode 2 “We Can’t Kill People!” (B)

I’m still not sure what to make of this show since its tone is impossible to decipher, but I am finding it to be pretty entertaining. This episode helped to solidify one important truth, which is that raw beef and chicken isn’t going to cut it to satisfy Sheila’s hunger. Joel’s quickly-concocted solution to buy a very pricey dead foot was both gross and ineffective, and so it seems they’re back to killing people on purpose going forward. These two are far from subtle, traipsing around in blood-soaked clothing and spraying their grass in the middle of the night in full view of their suspicious cop neighbor. Working with their daughter Abby and her next-door neighbor and new friend Eric doesn’t make them any less obvious, even if the two youngsters seem awfully calm and nonchalant about everything that’s going on. I didn’t realize that it was Skyler Gisondo, who was young Shawn on “Psych” and who I met personally for a moment through other interests a few years ago. He’s pretty great, and I like how the first place he suggested they go was to a comic book shop, where Abby showed the owner that it’s not such a big deal to read a comic book for more than thirty seconds. I like that Joel and Sheila are realtors and that they’re finding productive ways to turn their new situation into something that can work in tandem with their careers, even though they haven’t quite finessed how to merge the two just yet.

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