The New Normal: Our Review Of The ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ S1 E2

Posted in Netflix, TV, TV Recaps, What's Streaming? by - February 22, 2017
The New Normal: Our Review Of The ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ S1 E2

Episode two of Santa Clarita Diet finds our heroes trying to adapt to their new reality.  Sheila discovers that her meal options may be more limited than she originally hoped, as she finds her taste for non-human flesh turning into repulsion.  Meanwhile, Tim and the couple’s daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are having their own troubles adjusting to having a zombie in the house.

After introducing the premise and getting the plot rolling in the first episode, the show gets a chance to breathe a bit in the second episode, giving viewers a chance to get to know the characters a bit more.  Tim, ever dedicated to his wife, jumps through hoops to find a potential cure for Sheila’s malady while attempting to devise non-homicidal ways to satiate her hunger.

Abby on the other hand is just looking to blow off some steam with the help of Eric (Skyler Gisondo) the boy next door, a nerdy teen who is both an expert on horror mythology and Abby’s not so secret admirer.  He serves to educate the uninitiated viewer to truths about zombies and acts as a self reflexive wink to those viewers who are well versed in the genre.  Hewson and Gisondo are the real stars of this episode as they charmingly manoeuvre the awkwardness of teenaged crushes and the joys of playing hooky at the comic book store.

Beneath it all, however, is Abby’s fear that nothing will ever be the same for her family.  The second episode of Santa Clarita Diet delivers some big laughs and does a good job balancing the obvious absurdities of its subject matter with the pitch black underbelly of the zombie genre.  It leaves the viewer hoping for the best for this family but knowing that inevitably things are bound to get grisly.

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