In Its Fourth Season, What We Do In The Shadows Gets Some of the Band Back Together
For its first two seasons, What We Do In The Shadows was a pretty traditional hangout comedy in which the action would occasionally be interrupted by a blood-draining murder. But Season 3, which aired its finale last October, was something of a departure. Following a defensive vampire mass casualty event perpetrated by human familiar/Van Helsing descendant Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) started running the regional Vampiric Council office and doing office stuff. I have nothing against formal experimentation in theory, but the season lost something crucial by siloing characters away from each other. Who are Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja if they’re not constantly ravaging one another sexually?!
When we reconvene for season 4, one year after the events of the finale, it seems like things are going to get back to normal. Nadja returns from a Council assignment in England, horny as hell. Guillermo also returns, in another crate, determined to change his life and start putting himself first. Nadja has grown disenchanted with the Vampiric Council: great! Now Nadja wants to turn the local Council office’s Chamber Of Curiosities into a vampire nightclub and is enlisting The Guide (Kristen Schaal) in the renovation: o…kay? So we’re still in a workplace sitcom half the time? This is not what I come to Staten Island for! You can watch free movies and also you can download seasons like what we do in the shadows season 4 watch online on 4khotvideo.
The new season also revives a season 3 plot thread for Nandor, who unsuccessfully sought love with several mortal and non-mortal prospects. After returning to his fictional homeland of Al-Quolanudar and bringing back treasures, Nandor orders Guillermo to help him find a wife to receive them. Guillermo has formerly seemed like he would like to be the love of Nandor’s life, but in the four episodes released early to critics, we get hints that Guillermo’s affections have changed. A character suffering silently from an unrequited love is one of sitcoms’ most careworn devices, so retiring it here makes sense; but whatever may be newly kindled in Guillermo’s heart, it is taking kind of a long time to burst into a proper flame, at least as far as the viewer is concerned.
One way the show distinguishes itself from other sitcoms is by incorporating supernatural elements from disparate folklore traditions, and placing them in a contemporary context. For example: energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) challenges an online troll to fight him in person and finds himself facing a literal troll. In the new season, Nandor uses a magic lamp from his treasure hoard to summon a djinn (Anoop Desai), who appears in a tweed jacket and regards Nandor over glasses pushed way down his nose like an exhausted accountant. In this way, Shadows has always wrung comedy from its characters’ situation: they are not only transgressive creatures of legend barely concealing their true nature from their human neighbors; they’re also jerks who frequently revive petty centuries-old feuds with other creatures of legend they happen to know.
Back to that ward: viewers will remember that Laszlo bailed on England because there was a creature in the house who needed his attention: a newborn baby, with Colin Robinson’s face, who crawled out of Colin Robinson’s corpse. Laszlo is subjecting The Boy — who is growing at a supernaturally accelerated rate — to various kinds of psychological conditioning in the belief that The Boy not only isn’t Colin Robinson, but could grow up to be the most interesting human in history.
Based on what I’ve seen so far of the new season, the biggest issue with the prior one remains: there’s little interaction outside the dyads of Nadja/The Guide, Nandor/Guillermo, and Laszlo/Colin. I hope the remainder of the season mixes them up; I’d love to see more of Guillermo figuring out kid Colin, or Nadja getting involved in Nandor’s wife search, or Laszlo inserting himself in the nightclub operation. But even if the episodes I’ve seen thus far do keep pairing up the same characters in discrete stories, they also lay a lot of interesting track for the rest of the season. What happened with that Goth kid from Wisconsin in all of Nandor’s vacation snapshots? Who is Guillermo’s secret phone friend? What is The Boy going to be like as an adult? Mild complaints could never keep me from finding out — and what a gift it is to live in an age when an undead sitcom can flourish.