Thursday, August 25, 2022

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

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 4, Episode 8 “Go Flip Yourself” (B+)

I thought at first that I was watching the wrong show when I turned this on because it was so committed to mimicking the format of housing-based reality shows, not that I’m actually all that familiar with those either. I did realize at a certain point that we had heard about this show before, and Laszlo managed to hesitate long enough to hear Bran out while Nadja took Toby out right away. Coming in to ambush any unsuspecting homeowner seems like a bad idea, but in this case, it was fatal for one of them, who turned out to be the only human involved. What they were promising seemed far too good to be true, and, before he revealed himself, Simon the Devious, played by an always welcome Nick Kroll, did in fact do a decent job of giving one or two rooms a serious upgrade. I like that Nadja got attached to a gold toilet she couldn’t use and Nandor was all about that “home is where the wine is,” provided that sentiment was actually accurate. Designing a soundproof mancave with an impenetrable lock seems like a bad idea for a number of reasons, and maybe Marwa will now be forever trapped in them. The narration of “finally, even grouchy Guillermo was grinning” was entertaining, though he really didn’t have as much sewage as he had hoped removed from his bedroom that doesn’t legally meet the qualifications of a room. Producing 150 episodes of this show just to get that cursed hat back was quite the accomplishment, and I enjoyed the introduction of his many henchmen, including Elvis and Count Rapula.

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