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The Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 - TV Series Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published April 15th 2018
No Family is Perfect

"Dude I just wanted your vomit. Why'd you have to make it weird?"

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Sheila with a bunny, who is not harmed in any way. Screen cap from Netflix, fair use.

The Santa Clarita Diet is the story of Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore), a woman who becomes undead and survives on a diet of human flesh, and of her loving family who try to keep her out of trouble.

Season 1 ended with Sheila chained in the basement hoping her family can find a cure before she deteriorates any further, and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) locked in a mental hospital for trashing the living room of the principal of his daughter's school. Desperate to acquire some Serbian bile, the active ingredient needed for the serum to save Sheila, Sheila's daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson), puts an ad on Craigslist looking for anyone of Serbian descent willing to make $100 quickly by throwing up. While she and her friend Eric (Skyler Gisondo) do eventually succeed in making the formula which will stop Sheila from rotting, there remains the problem that Sheila does still both want and need to kill and eat people. If she wants to go back to work in real estate Sheila is going to have to find a way to deal with the stress of not murdering her sexist pig of a boss.

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Eric and Ramona. Screen cap from Netflix, fair use.

This season sees the Hammonds finally find the source of the undead plague, but now a new threat has arrived in the form of an ancient order of knights sworn to find and destroy creatures like Sheila. Meanwhile, Eric unexpectedly finds romance with Ramona (Ramona Young), the strangely insightful girl from the Rite Aid store where he buys cleaning supplies. Abby also may have found a love interest in Sven, a boy at school she inadvertently impresses when she hits another boy with a lunch tray. Anne (Natalie Morales), the Deputy Sheriff investigating the disappearance of Dan (Eric's father and the Hammond's former neighbour) is now romantically involved with Eric's mother, Lisa (Mary Elizabeth Ellis), but she becomes suspicious of Sheila and Joel's admittedly highly suspicious behaviour and Joel tells increasingly stupid lies trying to cover things up. The Hammonds' lives are complicated and don't look likely to become less so any time soon.

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Abby in her stolen SWAT gear. Screen cap from Netflix, fair use.

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Sheila and Joel examine some Nazi bookshelves.

As with the first season, there is a lot of gore, though considerably less vomit (and what there is, is mostly tidily stored in Tupperware). There is also coarse language, horror and Nazis. The Hammond family's love for each other is a poignant counterpoint to the violence and death. The dialogue is still as witty as ever, and the performances are spot on.

The Santa Clarita Diet
season 2 is astute, fully of gallows humour and strange insights into the human condition. It will make you laugh and leave you hungry for more.

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