Everyone who knows me is aware that I am a full-on fool for anything Jemaine Clement. What We Do In The Shadows is no exception. When I originally saw the movie I laughed so hard I went back and paid to see it again but this time brought different friends. I felt validated when they all enjoyed the parody as much as I had. The absolute icing on the cake was when my then 13-year-old son agreed to sit down and give it a try. He hates everything I love, usually to spite me. But even he couldn’t ignore the comedy gold that is Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement walking around Staten Island in capes trying to acclimate to life in modern times. I’d scored a point in the cool mom category.
What We Do In The Shadows Television Adaptation
When I read that What We Do In The Shadows was being adapted for television, the FX Network to be exact, I was stoked. Then a little less so when the stars of the movie weren’t reprising their roles. However, I vowed to give the pilot a chance no matter the cast and was pleasantly surprised to see Jemaine Clement would be writing, directing and producing. He’s got this as far as I’m concerned, it’s just a new group of vampires this time around.
I’ve now seen all three of the first episodes offered to the general public and while they aren’t movie quality they are worth a watch. I’m having a hard time bonding with these new vampires. Aside from Nandor played by Kayvan Novak I’m not being drawn into their one-liners and quippy humor. I do appreciate the addition of female vampire Nadja, played by Natasia Demetriou. Though her femininity doesn’t exactly lend to anything in the script so far. She does have a nice woman to girl moment with human Larper Jenna played by actress Beanie Feldstein who is always a welcome character on the show. I am really hoping she’ll be around more often in the future.
Give It A Try But Don’t Expect A Movie Sequel
By far the scenes I look most forward to are with actor Harvey Guillen as Guillermo, human familiar to Nandor. He absolutely makes What We Do In The Shadows as of three episodes into the season. If not for him I probably would have stopped watching because I am pretty unforgiving with my television. I have so many shows to watch and not enough time to do it. His comedic timing and abused line delivery have me rolling around the couch every week.
I think What We Do In The Shadows has a lot of potential and I’ll certainly continue watching. Future scenes between Jenna and Guillermo could be ratings magic so I’m hoping that might be a possibility. Until then I trust Jemaine Clement to deliver so I want to see where this goes. You should probably watch the movie first and then check out the show!