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A few of the Vampire Council members

If I ever run into Taika Waititi, I’m going to thank him for creating What We Do in the Shadows. Well, more likely I’ll probably ramble awkwardly until he walks away. But if I were capable of talking like a person, I’d thank him.

Mild Spoilers

If you like vampires and referential humour, then the season 1 episode “The Trial” is made for you. In this episode we meet the “Vampire Council,” who rule over all vampires, and pass judgment on those who break the rules (for example, turning a baby, or “too much defiling”).

The Council is made up of actors who’ve played vampires in other shows and movies. They’re all going by their real first names, with the actors playing themselves as actual vampires (I can believe it for a couple of them). Not only have they played vampires, but their vampire characters’ looks have been faithfully recreated in their hair and makeup (and in one case wardrobe, or lack thereof). They even mention a few members of the Council who couldn’t make it to the meeting, just to get a few more references in. It’s brilliant.

If I wasn’t already swooning enough over the Council, they went and brought the well from Interview with the Vampire into it (the one that saw the end of Claudia). I probably missed even more references– I’m definitely going to have to watch the episode again.

Aside from the Council, there’s also an earlier cameo in this episode that had me laughing so loud I scared my cats a little.

What We Do in the Shadows (at least so far) is the vampire show we all needed. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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First Time Watching “What We Do in the Shadows”

First time watching "What We Do in the Shadows." blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas. Vampire, vampires, psychic vampire, Taika Waititi

Somehow I totally missed the existence of What We Do in the Shadows until a friend recently recommended it to me. I really need to start paying more attention.

If you’ve been as out of the loop as I have, What We Do in the Shadows is a sitcom about vampires and their human familiars. It’s done in a faux documentary style, along the lines of The Office. It’s also produced by Taika Waititi, who (among other things) directed Thor: Ragnarok and is the voice of Korg (the guy made of rocks). They had me at vampires, but Waititi being involved didn’t hurt. I’m only going to be talking about the pilot episode here (I’m sure I’ll be posting more in the future), and I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers.

First off, let’s take a moment to be grateful for an all-too-rare vampire comedy. The world could use more of them.

The main group includes a familiar (Guillermo), blood-drinking vampires, and a “psychic” vampire, who drains people (and the other vampires) of energy. They’re all fantastic (Matt Berry plays one of the vampires– rejoice!) The vampires arrived in the New World two centuries ago, with plans to conquer the continent. Instead they end up settled in Staten Island. This wouldn’t be a problem except that a high-ranking vampire is on his way to pay a visit and see their progress. Meanwhile Guillermo’s tenth year anniversary as his master’s familiar is coming up, and he knows he’s about to get something special for all his years of hard work and loyal service (and does he ever…).

I was excited to see the vampires exhibiting “traditional” traits, including turning into bats, climbing walls, and sleeping in coffins. Don’t get me wrong– I definitely appreciate innovations in the mythology, but sometimes it’s just nice to stick with the classics.

I also have to say that I am in complete awe of the makeup department for the job they did with Baron Afanas– I hope they won an award for it. Words won’t do it justice, so please watch the episode and see for yourself. Doug Jones, who plays the Baron also did a great job. Side note: Jones played a “Gentleman” on the brilliant Buffy episode “Hush,” which did win an award. You should definitely watch that too, even if you have zero interest in watching the rest of Buffy. And Jones will be playing Count Orlok in the upcoming remake of Nosferatu. These are good times for vampires.

Overall, this was a great introduction to the show. It kept me laughing, impressed me with its production values, and made me fall for the characters. I hope it’s around for a long time.

Have you watched What We Do in the Shadows? Let me know what you think of it in the comments…

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