By Dave B.
In the third season of Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) the Hammond clan finds themselves dealing with the aftermath of their numerous close calls with exposure and death in Season Two. As Shelia and Joel prepare for their new business venture, their daughter Abby and her best friend Eric attempt to stay out of prison after carrying out a terrorist attack on a nearby fracking operation. The Knights of Serbia close in on the undead as zombies begin to proliferate in Santa Clarita and a Serbian military scientist is determined to profit from the budding epidemic. Will the Hammonds be able to remain alive, free, and hidden from exposure, all while keeping the undead Sheila fed? Maybe, if a new cult devoted to worshipping her doesn’t announce the “miracle” of her resurrection to the world.
As you may be able to tell, there are a lot of moving pieces in this season of Santa Clarita Diet and overall, it’s probably the weakest season thus far. Part of the reason for that is that not all of the plotlines work. In particular, the one with Sheila being worshipped is pretty lame. It’s thankfully dropped halfway through the season, but in a manner that’s brusque to say the least. Further, the overall direction of the show is rather repetitive: the Hammonds get into and out of essentially the same troubles with predictable regularity.
Overall, the third season of Santa Clarita Diet is enjoyable, but not stellar. If it’s to have a successful fourth season, the show’s writers will need to find new types of trouble for the Hammond’s to get into, while maintaining the cleverness and love that permeate every scene. With only ten, 30-minute episodes per season, there’s probably a limit to how much the show’s formula can be changed, but the show has enough bright spots that it’s worth the effort and risk to try to spice things up a bit. Newcomers to the show will need to start from Season One to have any clue about what is going on, but returning fans shouldn’t be too disappointed in the spirited, if relatively predictable, Season Three because if you’ve stuck with it for this long, it’s because you love the Hammond family, not necessarily the constant troubles that befall them. For that reason, I definitely recommend the newest season of Santa Clarita Diet, especially for viewers that have enjoyed the previous seasons.
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