The first season of horror comedy Santa Clarita Diet was a blast, mainly thanks to stunningly on-point performances from Drew Barrymore as the suburban mum with a hunger for human flesh and Timothy Olyphant as the harried husband who stands by her. It was a tad uneven, though – you could feel it trying to figure out what kind of show it wanted to be. Judging from the latest trailer, however, they’ve nailed it for season 2: under all the gore and grossness, and behind the pointed suburban satire, SCD is all about unconditional love in the face of adversity.
You can read it as a pretty obvious illness metaphor if you like, physical or mental – a family’s bonds are tested and strengthened when the matriarch is struck with an incurable affliction, and they need to learn how to manage the often horrifying symptoms while smiling in the face of the inevitable. Or you can just laugh at the idea of Gertie from E.T. eating folks. Your call.
Let’s go to the official synopsis!
“In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.
“Picking up right where we left off, Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet finds the Hammonds trying to adapt to Sheila’s now-advanced undead state — even though she’s desperately working to hold on to her suburban lifestyle and not be defined as just another monster. Unfortunately — while the family has become markedly better at murder — the number of missing people in Santa Clarita is starting to pile up and it’s no longer going unnoticed. Meanwhile, the Hammonds are chasing the source of the virus so they can stop it from spreading and save humanity — which seems important. Through it all, Sheila and Joel are grounded by their unconditional love for one another. Sure, being undead — or loving someone who is — isn’t always easy, but don’t all relationships have their challenges?”