Monday, November 1, 2021

What I’m Watching: What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 3, Episode 8 “The Wellness Center” (B+)

If I had to pick a favorite character on this show, I think it would be Nandor, in part because he’s the actor I knew best before this series, from his role in the film “Four Lions.” His lack of enthusiasm for the Accession Day that Guillermo always planned for him led to a lot of moping around – apparently vampire depression is quite real – but the boring job that Nadja assigned him to try to help him snap back had the absolute opposite effect. He was the perfect candidate for the allure of the wellness center and the different life it offered, watching them pull their own fangs out and believing that she was really drinking and eating when that was not the case at all. It was fun to watch this episode after seeing aerobics featured prominently on “Physical,” and Guillermo trying to participate without the proper equipment was entertaining. He was quite well-prepared, however, to extract the fully brainwashed Nandor from the situation, complete with garlic powder and silver rope-lined seatbelts. Colin’s excitement at moving into Nandor’s room was a lot less dull than usual but considerably more disturbing, as he was intent on getting his scent on everything, something that Guillermo had to discover in a very unpleasant manner. Among my favorite moments of Nandor trying to be human were his immediately getting hit by a car because he didn’t look both ways before he crossed the street and suggesting that they bleed Uncle Sam dry during a class on doing your taxes, one of several humorous lessons taught via slide projector.

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