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What We Do in the Shadows Season 5 Premiere Review

Even after five seasons, “What We Do in the Shadows” can still extract new comedy from the concept of “vampires stuck in Staten Island!” is truly a gift. Let’s just jump right into the review of episodes 1 & 2 in What We Do in the Shadows season 5.

What Happened In What We Do in the Shadows Season 5 Premiere?

What We Do in the Shadows Season 5 Premiere
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Nonetheless, as What We Do in the Shadows reaches its fifth season, it starts to feel repetitive. This season, we learn about one of the most severe insults a vampire can endure: when their familiar is turned into a vampire using another vampire’s blood. This insult has deep historical roots and has been established as something Nandor does not take lightly.

The slow realization of changing dynamics within his household offers subtly humorous moments while simultaneously building suspense. Novak truly shines when he portrays Nandors’ failed attempts to hide his motivations and vulnerabilities. Nandor’s choice to embrace the self-help book I’m OK You’re OK goes beyond being satisfactory; it promises greater possibilities for the future if he adheres to its principles. Feeling a loss of status compels Nandor to embark on an interstellar journey.

Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) is infamous for his inability to be a convincing liar as well. It remains astonishing that he managed to embezzle money from the vampire club to pay Derek by the end of season 4. Guillén clarifies this situation by stating, “I feel like ’embezzling’ is too strong of a word.” He believes he deserved compensation for over ten years of unpaid servitude and took matters into his own hands.

Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) was doing something similar without anyone raising an eyebrow. Perhaps Guillermo has been playing innocent for far too long by breaking free from his role as a compliant familiar. Guillermo reveals himself as an utterly terrible liar. At the same time, this quality allows for comedic exploration through special effects makeup.

It also adds a nasty twist to his deceitful actions. The situation worsens when Laszlo (Matt Berry) starts digging deeper through his experiments. He uncovers various vampire legends related to Guillermos hidden changes. One of the fascinating tests involves spilling grains of rice in a vampire’s path to see if they feel compelled to count them. Laszlo disproves each myth.

But only convinces himself. This ongoing joke doesn’t overstay its welcome. Unfortunately, Laszlo’s scientific focus strains his relationship with Nadja and her newfound community. The Guide (Kristen Schaal) identifies Nadja’s condition as a supernatural hex, distinct from a curse. Curses are amusing, but hexes are funnier, and the vampires appreciate humor. Despite being included in the opening credits, The other vampires still treat The Guide as an acquaintance.

She remains an outsider learning things on a need-to-know basis, often when it’s too late throughout the season. The Guide struggles to fit in with this close-knit group that has known each other for centuries. Leading to comical frustrations. To them. She is nothing more than a bureaucratic vampire they prefer to ignore. This indifference adds an enjoyable layer for many viewers. Colin (Mark Proksch) continues his journey as the “Kramer” character of What We Do in the Shadows.

Transitioning from one dead-end job to another. His portrayal as the most annoying waiter in town elicits disinterested chuckles from the audience. Colin briefly enters politics before losing interest and moving on, a choice that brings strange bedfellows into play and welcomes back one of the show’s recurring guest actors who steals every scene they’re in Demetriou’s secondary character, Doll With the Spirit of Deceased Human Nadja Inhabiting It, has her tragicomic journey throughout the season.

Unfortunately, she becomes horribly disfigured after an off-camera incident where Nadja consumed the blood of intoxicated club-goers. However, despite her appearance, Doll desires to make amends for past mistakes and eternal frustrations. As a vessel for the reborn innocent woman, she shares similar desires with the immortal Nadja but lacks certain aspects. What We Do in the Shadows season 5 embraces the essence of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s feature film.

The vampires find amusement in mundane settings as they continue their monstrous escapades. The opening episode, “The Mall,” unfolds in a bustling shopping center with stores like Build-a-Bear and a carousel. Additionally, Nandor mesmerizes an entire sports arena to erase a minor mishap from memory, a brief yet densely populated moment that adds comedic value to the show.

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