Veronika Slowikowska

What We Do in the Shadows (2019) s02e04 – The Curse

So, remember last time when I was worried about Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) and his subplot with the vampire hunters and then said I shouldn’t be worried about it because I should just trust in “Shadows”?

I was right, I shouldn’t be worried about it. This episode’s Guillén subplot has him now trying to infiltrate the vampire hunters to foil their plans but instead finds them ready to head out on their first hunt. Veronika Slowikowska has figured out the house where the vampires who turned her friend last season and they’ve got vagina-shaped topiaries and Guillén’s now got to warn his vampires about the impending threat.

Except the vampires are all busy with the Internet. The episode starts with Guillén setting Kayvan Novak with a laptop to check his email—Novak showing off his prized mail communications is absolutely adorable—except when Novak finds an old email forwarding chain letter cursing him unless he sends it on… well, it causes quite the panic in the house.

So you get Novak, Matt Berry, and Natasia Demetriou freaking out about how to beat this curse–with some questionable help from Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), who seems to understand there’s not an actual curse but also wants in on the email chain so he can make his coworkers miserable—while Guillén’s trying to sabotage the in-progress vampire hunt.

Lots and lots of good laughs, including some tangents like Proksch going on and on about Sandra Bullock movies. The stuff with the vampire hunters once they start their attack is great, as the show’s documentary camera captures more than the characters realize around them. Plus it’s just a really good people who don’t understand the Internet at all with the “What We Do in the Shadows” vampires; it writes itself. Actually, it doesn’t; Sarah Naftalis’s script is excellent. But the vampires and the Internet stuff is wonderful concept wonderfully realized.

The only disappointing part is the Demetriou’s doll. The doll’s only in it for an interview.

But I’m very sorry I doubted “What We Do in the Shadows”; they definitely know what they’re doing with Guillén.

What We Do in the Shadows (2019) s02e03 – Brain Scramblies

This episode leaves me with grave concerns—no pun—over Harvey Guillén’s continuing vampire hunter storyline. Vampire familiar Guillén has not only learned he’s a Van Helsing, he’s also proven himself a master vampire hunter already—killing off the Nosferatu sent after his familiar and his housemates. This episode has him meeting a team of would be vampire hunters (led by Craig Robinson, who it is nice to see but it feels like assurance stunt casting) and bonding with them. Including returning Veronika Slowikowska, who was a bit player last season as Beanie Feldstein’s friend; Slowikowska saw Feldstein slowly turn into a vampire… and this season Feldstein’s way too busy to guest on “What We Do” so Slowikowska.

Given the rest of the episode is consistently laugh out loud and need to catch your breath funny, I “trust” the show not to be messing up with the vampire hunters thing… but I’m still concerned. I don’t see how they can pull it off.

The rest of the episode is Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Mark Proksch going over to the neighbors’ Super Bowl party. Except the vampires (not energy vampire Proksch) think it’s a Superb Owl party. They’re big fans of owls. It’s already hilarious before they get to the neighbors’ and then it just gets funnier and funnier.

While Demetriou hangs out in the kitchen with the wives, astounded how “strong, beautiful, vicious, vibrant” mortal women end up married to such “boiled potatoes.” In particular she’s talking about hosts Anthony Atamanuik and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The arc with Winokur soon includes Atamanuik’s elderly mother, Sondra James, who Demetriou played with when James was a child, and it’s absolutely hilarious, giving Demetriou a full range to play. It’s her episode.

Meanwhile, Berry and Novak manage to scramble Atamanuik’s brains with over-hypnosis and need to fix him. Their arc’s funny too, with some breath-stoppers, but nothing compared to Demetriou’s.

Plus Proksch feeding off sports bros.

It’s a fantastic episode. If the Guillén stuff weren’t eh, it’d probably be the series best.

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