TV Review: Santa Clarita Diet, Series 1
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Santa Clarita Diet is the latest original series from Netflix, starring Drew Barrymore as a Californian realtor who wakes up one day to find that she's dead. However, rather than focus on a post-apocalyptic, horror-filled world alá The Walking Dead, this series takes the form of a short-episode comedy where everything else is just fine and dandy. In the very first episode, ‘So Then A Bat or a Monkey’, we join married realtors Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) in a suburb of California, where within minutes it is clear something is very wrong with Sheila. Cue an awful lot of vomit, a lack of blood flowing through her veins and no sign of her heartbeat, and one thing is clear: Sheila is dead. However, she is still walking around, talking, smiling, having a lot of sex with her husband and, ironically, seems to have a new lease of life in her post-death phase. As soon as episode two, ‘We Can’t Kill People!’, it becomes evident rather quickly that Sheila cannot last for long on cold cuts and mince meat, and so the couple essentially become a hit squad, only killing people for Sheila to eat whom they deem as bad people who deserve to be punished. This serves as the main conflict of the series, with Olyphant truly selling the role of the weary and worried husband whose wife has suddenly discovered a taste for the living. Essentially what the series does is take the trope of the zombie character and transpose it into a random, seemingly ‘normal’ person and their family with an extra serving of silly.
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