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1 hour ago, teddysmom said:

ITA. That was SO Drax.  I will stab him 5000 times and then switch hands.... I didn't catch the fact that he got blamed for the baby til my 2nd viewing.  And then the baby is there at the Council. 

I watched Shadows Thursday morning and then saw Endgame so I was in MCU/Shadows overload. 

I was kind of hoping they'd get Angel or Spike, but I guess they were going for movie vampires.

I read that Brad was down to do it, I would fucking die if he shows up next season.   

Does anyone know who the blonde was sitting with Dave? It's driving me crazy.  I tried to read the credits but FX shrinks them down so much you can't make them out. 

I'd love it if he showed up! 

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I tried to read the credits but FX shrinks them down so much you can't make them out

As credits are usually impossible to read, I've learned to rely on IMDB for checking them out.

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Just wanted to pop in and say I've only recently started watching this and am pleasantly surprised with how funny it is. Normally, I'm not a fan of mockumentaries, but I'm really enjoying this one.

I echo the sentiments about Nadja. Her looks and timing are superb. However, the entire cast is excellent. I think the casting was spot on.

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On 5/8/2019 at 10:48 PM, Bruinsfan said:

I kind of wish all the others had been given fictional names—not those of their vampire roles due to legal issues, I'm sure—and Tilda had just played herself.

I was happy with how they did it, but I get you--I too was feeling that the joke was, "OMG, real-life Tilda Swinton is a vampire!," and was ever so mildly disappointed when that wasn't the joke.

Or was it?

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1 hour ago, Milburn Stone said:
On 5/8/2019 at 11:48 PM, Bruinsfan said:

I kind of wish all the others had been given fictional names—not those of their vampire roles due to legal issues, I'm sure—and Tilda had just played herself.

I was happy with how they did it, but I get you--I too was feeling that the joke was, "OMG, real-life Tilda Swinton is a vampire!," and was ever so mildly disappointed when that wasn't the joke.

Or was it?

They would have had to get permission and pay a fee to use the characters' names from the writer and the production company, it was probably too labor intensive and expensive, since there were what, five or six vampires? Tilda, Paul, Wesley, Danny, Evan.  

So I think they just went with the joke that they actually were vampires. 

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This show continues to slay me (see what I did there?). Nandor’s citizenship quiz answers were hilarious. Poor Guillermo! Jenna, someone nobody knew, gets to be a vampire, but not him! 

WTF was up with that weird obese bat she turned into? Awesome special power though. Nadja controlling the frat boy! 😆🤣

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I think this one is my new favorite. After Nandor's insanity with the 92 Olympics team and Macarena, trying to decide whether to join Anti fa or Alt right.

And of course my girl Nadja slaying again. Let us into your carnival. 

She and Jenna sitting on the roof wearing motorcycle helmets. Come on girls, the sun hits your body!!  

If there are any vampires out there looking for virgins, I noticed a car in our parking lot with a sticker that reads "Hogwarts Graduate". (I'm not kidding)

I am sure we can locate this sad little person who does not deserve to live any longer and would make a tasty snack. 

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I called the invisibility special power when Laslo didn't know Jenna was there at first and thought Nadja had made all the commotion. Her training scenes were hilarious! As was Guillermo's reaction when she told him she could hear his muttering from outside. No telling how many of his gripes Nandor has missed simply because he pays no attention.

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11 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

WTF was up with that weird obese bat she turned into? 

I think it's supposed to be an incomplete transition between human and bat.

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This seemed like another episode shown out of sequence. Surely there has to be some follow-up to last week's episode. They basically just escaped their execution, they're not out of the hotseat yet. Or does the Vampire Council think they're dead? 

Still a good episode though. "America elects a president for how many years?" "1000."

Anyone look up that country Nandor said he used to rule to see if it was real? 

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I love all of these characters so much. Yet, I still can't believe it got a second season, because it seems like nobody knows or cares that it exists. The writers have a great feel for detail and nuance without over-thinking things.

Love that Jenna started to, though, with the "clothes on a bat" question. Maybe that's why she couldn't change properly. It didn't seem realistic to her. Not being seen by people did.

It's fun how they drop bits of random vampire mythology into the plot without making them canon. Why does the most Dracula-like of the trio bring a sample of his native earth with him when he travels? Because he wants to! No supernatural reason at all.

Colin didn't get to do much this week, but simply hanging around wearing bad cologne is a valid way for him to represent.

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Nadja's 

9 minutes ago, iMonrey said:

This seemed like another episode shown out of sequence. Surely there has to be some follow-up to last week's episode. They basically just escaped their execution, they're not out of the hotseat yet. Or does the Vampire Council think they're dead? 

That's what I'm assuming. I'll be shocked if the Council doesn't reappear at some point, and I'm expecting that the main characters being alive will be an issue.

8 minutes ago, CletusMusashi said:

I love all of these characters so much. Yet, I still can't believe it got a second season, because it seems like nobody knows or cares that it exists.

I don't know how the ratings are, but Taika Waititi is such a big deal in Hollywood right now that I wouldn't be surprised if FX is keeping the show on the air to maintain a good relationship with him. (He has a film coming out this year called Jojo Rabbit, and buzz is that he may end up with Oscar nominations for both Best Director and Best Supporting Actor - for playing Hitler!).

For me, the highlight of the episode was the frat boy being so enamored with Nadja's ridiculous baby-voiced flirting.

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I definitely feel like this was out of order, following up with Jenna after she has not been seen in awhile, and with no mention of the council, but I am sure that will come up eventually. And every episode is so good, I cant even be mad!

What even was that creepy bat thing that Jenna turned into?! Great effects there, this show does a lot with a little when it comes to special effects. Loved Jenna asking about taking clothes off when they turn into bats, and Nadja and Laszlo clearly have never thought about it. "Lets not get hung up on the details."

Poor Guillermo, after all his years of work, he still cant be a vampire, but everyone and their sister gets turned after five seconds! 

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13 minutes ago, tennisgurl said:

Poor Guillermo, after all his years of work, he still cant be a vampire, but everyone and their sister gets turned after five seconds! 

You know what it reminds me of? The Friend Zone: where you hang around for years, hoping someone will notice that you're the perfect mate, while watching an endless parade of people seemingly less worthy of you make the cut. Guillermo has been Vampire Friend Zoned.

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2 hours ago, Blakeston said:

I don't know how the ratings are,

I think I read the 2nd episode got 2 million viewers which was a huge gain from the premiere, it's #1 for the 18-34 demo for the time slot. 

Considering how hot it is, and the critical acclaim, FX execs are very happy with it. 

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31 minutes ago, teddysmom said:

I think I read the 2nd episode got 2 million viewers which was a huge gain from the premiere, it's #1 for the 18-34 demo for the time slot. 

Considering how hot it is, and the critical acclaim, FX execs are very happy with it. 

I'm glad to hear that.... I suffered some losses this week with cancellations. 

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3 hours ago, CletusMusashi said:

I love all of these characters so much. Yet, I still can't believe it got a second season, because it seems like nobody knows or cares that it exists. The writers have a great feel for detail and nuance without over-thinking things.

Love that Jenna started to, though, with the "clothes on a bat" question. Maybe that's why she couldn't change properly. It didn't seem realistic to her. Not being seen by people did.

It's fun how they drop bits of random vampire mythology into the plot without making them canon. Why does the most Dracula-like of the trio bring a sample of his native earth with him when he travels? Because he wants to! No supernatural reason at all.

Colin didn't get to do much this week, but simply hanging around wearing bad cologne is a valid way for him to represent.

They obviously dropped the “vampires can’t be filmed/photographed” rule due to the premise of the show. I also noticed that these vamps have reflections in mirrors.

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3 hours ago, CletusMusashi said:

Nandor does make a good point sometimes. Why do vampires always leave so many candles lit?

Maybe the same reasons they send hundreds of ravens to get in touch with people, instead of just calling them on the phone? 

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1 hour ago, LittleIggy said:

They obviously dropped the “vampires can’t be filmed/photographed” rule due to the premise of the show. I also noticed that these vamps have reflections in mirrors.

I don't remember any reflections in mirrors except for Jenna's reflection acting strangely this last episode, but that was before she killed her first human so she wasn't fully a vampire yet.

I loved the tablet gag where the vamps couldn't use their fingers to sign for the Barren's coffin receipt.

I found an interview about the show explaining why vampires can be filmed.

How do the vampires show up on camera? Avid vampiric fans will be curious to know.
They can show up on film and they can show up in photos. With a lot of old cameras, the mirrors were only there to line up the shot. So, the mirror is not the thing catching the image. The mirror is just the thing that the cameraman looks through. So really, when you’re framing up on your vampire, the issue really is, Are they even in the frame? That was the old issue that cameramen and vampires had. They’d just point the camera in the general direction and hope the vampires turned up in frame. There was a bit more drawn-out process back in the old days. It was real hit and miss, shooting and hoping you’d catch something and I’m going to keep answering your question as if this is all real …

Link to the full interview: https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/taiki-waititi-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-tv-show.html

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My love for Nadja grows every week, even though the episodes are so obviously out of order. I’d probably be incoherent with love if they hadn’t fiddled with the airing order for what appears to be no reason whatsoever. 

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I adore this show and everyone on it.  When they have the series finale (which hopefully will be a long time from now) Nandor better make Guillermo a vampire.

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18 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

They obviously dropped the “vampires can’t be filmed/photographed” rule due to the premise of the show. I also noticed that these vamps have reflections in mirrors.

Didn't they show Nandor holding Guillermo up in front of a mirror that wasn't reflecting him to pretend that the latter was flying?

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On 5/16/2019 at 1:11 PM, tennisgurl said:

I definitely feel like this was out of order, following up with Jenna after she has not been seen in awhile, and with no mention of the council, but I am sure that will come up eventually. And every episode is so good, I cant even be mad!

What even was that creepy bat thing that Jenna turned into?! Great effects there, this show does a lot with a little when it comes to special effects. Loved Jenna asking about taking clothes off when they turn into bats, and Nadja and Laszlo clearly have never thought about it. "Lets not get hung up on the details."

Poor Guillermo, after all his years of work, he still cant be a vampire, but everyone and their sister gets turned after five seconds! 

As far as Jenna's ability to turn into a bat--I feel like it's something you have to practice.  Like being seductive, maybe she just needs to try different techniques, get comfortable in her own skin. 

IMHO I'm glad Jenna got turned into a vampire before, Gizmo (his name is GIZMO!!)  Girls doing it for themselves kinda thing I guess.  Plus I've always had a soft spot for her after I saw how her so-called male friends treat her--her ability to become invisible can finally work towards her advantage.

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Oh, I want to see that red-haired LARPer's face when he finds out that Jenna's become an actual magical creature out of folklore. Hopefully a second or two before she eats him.

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On 5/2/2019 at 12:35 PM, Matt K said:

Also, apparently the actress who plays Jenna has a movie coming out soon (it took me a while to figure out why she looked so familiar) which has been getting decent reviews.  Also apparently she the younger sister of Jonah Hill which I did not know (it came up because her movie is being compared favorably to Super Bad).  

Wow, I hadn't heard about her being Jonah Hill's sister. I loved her as the best friend in Ladybird.

I never get tired of Lazlo yelling "bat!" before transforming. 

Since Guillermo is clearly disgruntled and has a talent for killing, I predict he will eventually become a vampire slayer. 

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On 5/17/2019 at 4:09 PM, Portia said:

Wow, I hadn't heard about her being Jonah Hill's sister. I loved her as the best friend in Ladybird.

I never get tired of Lazlo yelling "bat!" before transforming. 

Since Guillermo is clearly disgruntled and has a talent for killing, I predict he will eventually become a vampire slayer. 

He's already inadvertently slain his first kill, The Barren Baron. Still, I can't see him offing Nandor, despite all his sass. 

On board too with the Nadja love. She's so FUNNY. Is anyone else reminded of Linda Ronstadt in her photo in the opening?

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4 hours ago, JanetSnakehole said:

He's already inadvertently slain his first kill, The Barren Baron. Still, I can't see him offing Nandor, despite all his sass. 

We've already seen him inadvertently kill two vampires. That's why I suggested he might flip and make it his profession. 

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On 5/16/2019 at 8:27 PM, Laurie M said:

I adore this show and everyone on it.  When they have the series finale (which hopefully will be a long time from now) Nandor better make Guillermo a vampire.

Gizmo would have a better chance of getting turned by Jenna.

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55 minutes ago, Vermicious Knid said:

I don't know why, but I was highly amused every time Nadja called Jenna a 'supid baby vampire'.

Because it's fucking funny as fuck, that's why. It's not just the jokes, or the ideas, or the storylines. It is, at least as importantly, the actors' commitment to consistently spectacular delivery of funny fucking vampire/goth goofiness. The only show I can think of that has come pretty damned close is "Greg the Bunny," with their "Count Blah" puppet. Third place would maybe be "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy," but their take on Dracula was not so much "Ambiguously foreign European people are funny," so much as it was "Hey, what if Dracula was a 70s disco stud who was voiced by Phil Lamarr doing a Redd Foxx impersonation?"

The comedy delivery in this show is perfect. So are all the non-jokey conversational nuances. 

Also, I kind of think that they've got the "vampire rules" just right. Even with the limitations of sunlight, invitations, secrecy, crosses, and whatever the hell I'm forgetting right now, they would still be a bit over-powered. But making them all a bunch of over-powerful, easily distracted, never really in touch with the the time period they are trying to conquer, yadda yadda fools puts them exactly at a level where the story works. Sure, you could turn Gizmo and have a vampire with both vampire powers and modern knowledge. But most vampires who survive a few centuries probably conclude that bringing in somebody who's better at the job than they themselves are does not tend to improve their status.

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