In a refreshing new take on the horror-comedy genre, Netflix manages to create yet another well crafted show that is full of heart, well-written plot lines, and a colorful cast of characters. Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, Santa Clarita Diet will leave you with a hunger for more.
If you’re a fan of the Ash vs Evil Dead series, then you will surely enjoy the Santa Clarita Diet in its sense of humor and horror themed plot line. Married couple Sheila and Joel are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California, who enjoys a simple suburban life with their daughter. In one sudden moment, their lives takes a dark and twisted turn when Sheila suddenly dies and becomes a zombie who must eat human flesh. The term “zombie” can be played loosely here, for she still maintains her looks and most of her personality, but her new feelings of hunger and confidence makes her a wild individual.
Sheila and Joel must figure out how to please Sheila’s hunger; with a few trial and error moments, Joel decides that he will maintain the father and husband figure and help kill people for his wife so they can be a “normal” family. As you can expect, things quickly get out of hand and multiple loose ends start spreading quickly throughout the show’s plot and supporting characters.
Speaking of the characters, I must say that the strongest element to this show are its well-written characters and the actors who portray them. Barrymore and Olyphant shine dramatically throughout every episode, and in a bold sense they really play characters who are drastically different than any role they’ve played before. For example, I always imagine Olyphant as a badass like in Justified or The Crazies, but here he has a very quirky and humorous personality. The other supporting characters like Dan and Rick (the two cops who live next door) are both strong and very funny throughout their screen time. I must say my other favorite would be Eric, who is a young man that is both nerdy and informative to the situation at hand.
The dark and satire humor really makes this show great. Everyone in this world seems to be very direct, very dramatic, and very oblivious to certain things around them. The dialogue is so well written, some of the simplest gestures or remarks makes it seem hilarious. However, given the cannibalistic theme throughout the show, one might hope there are some darker horror moments that contradicts the humor. Sadly, there is not much of this going on, just more humor to cover up the blood…which there isn’t too much of either.
The last thing I would say about this show is that plot line seemed really strong at first, and then slowly started to dismantle by the end of the ten episode season. As said before, there are a lot of loose plot threads going on with the story and characters, and by the last episode it is left open with an unsure sense of where it’s going. This isn’t a bad thing, I think if each episode was given a little more time there could have been more filling. But the 30-minute episode length is a perfect amount for anyone who wants to pick up a quick show.
If you’re looking for something smart and witty, humorous and dark, and something fast to binge through, I highly recommend the Santa Clarita Diet. Barrymore and Olyphant does not disappoint, and the humor alone will make you want to watch the rest of the season throughout the night.
Final Score: 8.5/10
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