Hello, this is your Captain speaking. Welcome to the Pilot Review posted on The Pilot of Pilots. Today we will be reviewing the pilot episode of Santa Clarita Diet, a zombie dark comedy starring Drew Barrymore.
Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix Original Series released on February 3, 2017 with the first season released in its entirety (10 episodes at about 30 minutes a piece).
- Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond
- Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond
- Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond
- Skyler Gisondo as Eric Bemis
Sheila and her husband Joel are realtors in Santa Clarita, California. They are a seemingly normal (vanilla) couple with a teenage daughter and colourful neighbours (perhaps a ploy to make them appear even more bland). What seems like normal day of showing houses takes a turn for the unexpected when Sheila begins to vomit uncontrollably. Her heart stops beating, her veins go dry, and she develops an appreciation for raw meat. And just like that our leading couple goes from vanilla to red velvet.
Armed with my trusty snack of Allen Big Foot Candies I munched on appendages along with the main character hoping to be thoroughly entertained… The premier episode fell short. Although the characters were dead-icated to their roles, the performances were weak. The show felt as if it was trying too hard—to hard to be witty, too hard to be silly, too hard to be good. Santa Clarita Diet is not cringe-worthy at the same time I can’t say that it is binge-worthy. I was not compelled to dive into the next episode after the first one ended. It’s not a must-see show. If you’re looking for a show with a strong female zombie protagonist who tries to navigate her way through her newfound undead life, might I suggest iZombie.
Until next time, thank you for joining me on my couch.