Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Santa Clarita Diet: Zombie TV


I'm pretty partial to a good zombie story, whether that be an old school, George A Romero take on zombies or a modern iZombie style.


I really enjoy horror movies, and I've always been kind of fascinated with different variations on the undead. So when I saw that Santa Clarita Diet had come on to Netflix, I set myself up for an evening binge of zombie gore.

I'm of the opinion that Netflix original shows are top notch. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The OA, Stranger Things: All A+ entertainment. Let's not get into the movies, because they've made a few flops (particularly with Adam Sandler), but they seem to have a great TV formula. Having said that, it's not really difficult to keep my attention or impress me. The episodes are only half an hour long, so it's easy enough to get a few in on a rainy afternoon. I mean, if you want to put yourself through that.

Now, I'm not saying that SCD was awful, but I didn't enjoy it. Spoilers ahead, so if you still want to watch it, or haven't finished it yet, maybe don't continue reading.

Both Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant really got on my tits throughout the series. There's just no depth to their acting, and it just felt like neither of them gave a shit. All Sheila (Drew Barrymore) seems to do is wave her arms about, swear and bumble through her lines with the same, unwavering smile no matter the situation. I've seen Drew Barrymore in a lot of movies, and I've always enjoyed her, so it was disappointing that she was the surprising weak link. 




I completely understand the series is supposed to be ridiculous, which is why the outrageously obvious vomit cannon doesn't bother me, but if you're going to be ridiculous you have to be funny. SCD just didn't deliver on that for me. There's such a strong supporting cast, that seem to have been let down by poor writing. Ricardo Chavira plays their obnoxious neighbour Dan, who was cut out of the series far too quickly! He was incredible in Desperate Housewives, and I think if he had been given more time in the series, and a stronger character background, he would've made a very worthy antagonist. 

Not only was there very little character development, there was no plot development. How did she become a zombie? What the fuck is going on? On one hand, it puts you in the characters' shoes because they don't know what the fuck is happening, but what happened to TV series wrapping shit up? When did we suddenly stop getting fucking answers?! It happened with Breaking Bad (in a less infuriating way), The OA, and the likes of Stranger Things. When did we start relying so fucking heavily on another series just to explain what the fuck went on in the last series?! SCD just seemed to have no real direction, and as a result just becomes mindless entertainment. The story arc is weak, and the dialogue weaker, so you really only have to be a zombie to follow.




I really enjoyed some of the relationships outside of Sheila and Joel. Abby and Eric's friendship is adorable, and Rick is hands down my favourite character. I'd love if SCD took a bit more time to explore them, which hopefully they will in the second series.

This became a bit more of a rant than I expected, but TLDR; If you have a bit of time spare, and want mindless TV, go ahead and watch Santa Clarita Diet. Don't expect to come away having really enjoyed it though.




1 comment :

  1. For me I didn't mind SCD, for my heavier zombie fix I watch The Walking Dead but for me this was a nice light series to watch that although I found cringe-worthy at times it did make me laugh too. For me I thought Timothy was really funny as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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