What We Do in the Shadows: Resurrection
May 1, 2020 8:52 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Nadja and Laszlo's new familiar poses problems for an increasingly anxious Guillermo, and the vampires enlist the services of a local necromancer.

What We Do In The Shadows returns with horny ghosts and a pissed-off zombie (Katie Rife for TV/AV Club, rating: A)
One of the advantages of making What We Do In The Shadows into a TV series is the opportunity it presents to fling open the doors—I’m picturing big French doors with billowing curtains, like in a Meatloaf video—to the monstrous possibilities teased in the showdown between the vampires and the werewolves in Taika Waititi’s 2014 film. Season one mostly concentrated on developing the world of our core vampiric trio: their friends, their lovers, their arcane bylaws and supernatural limitations. Now, season two of the show opens with two back-to-back episodes, each introducing a new flavor of occult creature to the show’s lineup.

Technically, season opener “Resurrection” (A) has two occult creatures if you count Wallace, the extremely online necromancer played by Benedict Wong. Wong is one of two guest stars in the season opener: The other is Haley Joel Osment as Laszlo and Nadja’s new familiar Topher, a role that Osment digs into as enthusiastically as he lunges at Guillermo after being turned into a zombie midway through the episode. Topher reminded me a bit of the character of Stu in the original film, both in his normcore wardrobe and in how much everyone likes him. He’s bro-ier and more duplicitous than Stu, however, which make his multiple deaths all the more hilarious. Guillermo, of course, hates him.
Episode soundtrack from Tunefind.
posted by filthy light thief (6 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So far, this season seems so much more solid than the prior season, and that wasn't bad. It was just ... a bit off. Or perhaps a bit lacking? But Benedict Wong as the up-charging necromancer? And the Dose Apples zombie? Such good additions to the already great cast.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:20 PM on May 1, 2020

I AM SO HAPPY THIS SHOW IS BACK. It has such good energy. Benedict Wong is a delight. Guillermo’s Van Helsing issues seem like something truly new for the series, and it’ll be great to see what happens with them.
posted by Going To Maine at 1:24 PM on May 1, 2020 [2 favorites]

I am enjoying the new season and Guillermo is awesome. I did not recognize Haley Joel Osment, but I don't think that I've seen him in anything since Pay It Forward.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 1:40 PM on May 1, 2020

It makes me surprisingly happy that Haley Joel Osmont has a good career as a character actor.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:07 PM on May 1, 2020 [6 favorites]

I think there's a small scene that happen after a few credits roll! Don't miss it!
posted by Catblack at 3:30 PM on May 1, 2020 [1 favorite]

So they had good fun with the mockumentary format in the film and in season one, but dispensing with that concept (except in a few talk-to-the-camera scenes) really opens the show up. The pacing of this episode felt much more ... lively.
posted by rikschell at 5:42 AM on May 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

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