Monday, August 17, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: What We Do in the Shadows

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m watching the entire season of every series nominated in the top category.

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 2, Episode 4 “The Curse” (B)

These vampires really miss a lot about modern society, but I suppose this show can also be read as commentary on how utterly confused someone from even a few decades ago would be to wake up in the present day. Nandor was so apprehensive and excited about checking his e-mail, and this episode was the ultimate send-up of chain messages. The best part was their response to an automatic reply from “mailer-daemon,” which they misinterpreted entirely as a literal demonic entity. Colin had the most fun with the whole situation, jumping at the opportunity to send the e-mail to people he knew and fully aware of just how miserable and annoying it would be. He even managed to make the other vampires want to be free of him because he was droning on so much and refusing to acknowledge the urgency they felt. Guillermo’s side project accelerated quite a bit when he showed up to what he thought was another training session only to discover that the vampire hunters were headed straight to his master’s home. That turned out not to be the case, but his warnings that they might just be humans also proved false. What some of the group members endured was pretty brutal and unlike much of what we usually see on this show, and the few of them that did make it out alive might now feel like they want to go after the vampires even more. I suspect that they’ll be scarred from this experience to give Guillermo a bit more time to get this whole mess under control.

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