Starring Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo, Zachary Knighton, and Joel McHale
Created by Victor Fresco
This past weekend Netflix debut the highly-anticipated second season of zombie-comedy “Santa Clarita Diet“ starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. I was a big fan of the first season, which I found it to be a bloody delightful binge-watch, and it was with this in mind that I was looking forward to catching the second season as soon as I could.
So now, as a big fan of the first season who’s finally sat down and experienced all 10 half-hour episodes of season 2, what did I think? Did it hold up to my high expectations? Let’s find out!
First off let me just come right out and say that “Santa Clarita Diet” season 2 is as good as if not better than season 1. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant return with their whip-smart comedic timing that makes every scene sing, and the returning cast kill it yet again (with special props going to Skyler Gisondo as the nerdy kid next door). On top of that, the gore, like in season 1, flows by the buckets and buckets. Actually, if you’re a gorehound and still haven’t watched the show, you’re really missing out as the level of carnage on camera is f*cking stunning at points.
Now, what makes this season better than the previous? For starters, the new cast members are a welcomed addition to the ensemble all around – even if they don’t get as much screen time as they should have. The new meat this season includes Joel McHale (“Community”) as a rival realator – oops, sorry – realtor; his wife played by Maggie Lawson (“The Ranch”); a retired army colonel, who may or may not be one of the undead, played by Gerald McRaney (“Deadwood”); and Zachary Knighton (The Hitcher, Cherry Falls) as a mysterious drifter in town who may or may not be out to kill and/or help our suburban slashers.
Just like the previous season, this year’s 10 half-hour episodes flew by in the blink of a bloody eye and I have precious little in the way of criticisms. In fact, this season did a lot to sway me to the side of (finally) liking Barrymore and Olyphant’s moody teenage daughter Abby played by Liv Hewson, kicked the gore into overload, and even brought back a few classic characters from the first season in utterly shocking fashions. Improvements all around!
That said, unfortunately, like last season, we are served up a season finale that’s a bit anticlimactic. Sure season 2’s closing half-hour was much more eventful than the lethargic close to the previous season, but still, not much ultimately happened once all was said and done and credits began to roll. But truthfully, this isn’t such a big deal as all nine episodes leading up to the finale where a bloody blast from start to finish.
So will I be back for a third serving of Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet”? God willing. In fact, I’ll be there with full rubber bodysuit and plastic kitchen gloves on ready to devour another season “tits to teeth.” I’ve gorged on these two outings with much delight and personally cannot wait for more bloody mayhem come season 3. Bring it on, Netflix!
The series is currently streaming on Netflix right HERE.
Season 2 of Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet” starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant is just as bloody, bold, and hilarious as the first. Think “Weeds” but with gore instead of pot. Like, a lot of gore.