What we do in hiding (2019)

The endless vampires living in the United States and their servant / guardian / slayer, Guillermo, struggle with new existential problems. Nandor wants a wife, Nadja manages a nightclub, Guillermo comes to terms with his sexuality, Laszlo looks after a toddler, and Colin Robinson … He’s that child.

“What We Do in Secret” is originally a film born in the brains of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, who played leading roles in it. The idea of ​​a documentary tracing the daily life of vampires was an absolutely fresh, bizarre, and very funny idea at the same time. The specific form allowed to implement the project for relatively little money, and the specific sense of humor of the creators made the film a quiet hit (not so quiet today), and its creators could further develop – Waititi made a very good “Wild Hunt” right after that. The topic, however, has still not been exploited, so five years after the premiere of the film, Clement returned to the world of vampires with a new cast and a lot of new ideas. The new characters quickly won the sympathy of viewers, but nothing can last forever – except vampires – and so the third season of the series enjoyed me much less than the previous two. I was concerned about what this would mean for the show’s future.

What we do in hiding (2019) – review of the 4th season of the series [HBO]. New adventures

The creators of the series probably also felt that changes were needed, because in the last season’s finale there were a few strong reshuffles – Nandor (Kayvan Novak) went on a journey around the world, Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) went to England to lead the Vampire Council with Gizm (Harvey Guillen) ), and Colin Robinson (Mike Proksch) transformed into a newborn with the scariest face in the world. Naturally, only one of these threads stays with us for longer, as the whole team returns to the vampire mansion literally in the first minutes of the first episode. Their time away from home, however, made them want something new from life, thanks to which we get a whole battery of new threads that will fuel the entire season.

Traveling around the world, Nandor missed home, as a result of which he browses through various old junk from that area and finds a genie, which gives him 52 wishes to fulfill. The result is some nice gags, lots of new but mostly disposable characters, and one episode that strangely clashes with the others. when Nandor becomes afraid to make a wish, as it will surely turn against him. A classic story from the genre of “be careful what you want”, kind of, but not quite like the previous episodes, when our hero was throwing wishes left and right and nothing bad happened.

Nadja decides to turn the vampire council headquarters into a nightclub – “Blade” style with blood pouring from the fire sprinklers. It turns out, however, that running a business for immortal creatures is not that simple. This is by far the least interesting topic of this season. Fortunately, the creators do not spend much time on it. I have the impression that it was created mainly to have a place to put Colin Robinson later in the season.

Guillermo got one funny episode where he brings his whole family to dinner and then he remembers that since he has Van Helsing blood in him, so are the rest of his relatives … which everyone already knew and … Nobody cares. A very progressive approach. I respect it, especially since we end up with one episode in which Nandor does something so incredibly uncomfortable that the viewer turns while watching.

What we do in hiding (2019) – review of the 4th season of the series [HBO]. A surprisingly cute kid with a grown face

Laszlo and little Colin

Laszlo and little Colin Robinson are the heart of the season. I wonder how much could not have been done better, and how much the creators even wanted little Colin to look as hideous as possible. A child with Mike Proksch’s head glued on, regardless of age, looks absolutely inappropriate, inhuman even. I wonder if they did a simple deepfake and then Mike just tossed his voice up, or if some poor artists had to sit there and manually track every move of that big head of his. The effect is rather comical, though not quite like Colin going through all the stages of growing up over the course of one season. From a troubling toddler, repeating “guess what” in front of everything he says, through a teenage dodger, to suffering young adults who are misunderstood by others. The moment it comes to one character with a self-made mixtape was the perfect combination of charm and absolute embarrassment – exactly what I loved the series for in the first place.

Laszlo is a surprisingly interesting father figure, in which the merit of the irreplaceable Matt Berry, who would play even a tree perfectly – funny, charming and slightly perverse. I don’t know how, but he would find a way. His relationship with Colin this season is quite different from the previous one, but it adds an interesting new dimension to the character and is downright touching in the final episode. I was completely unexpected and it puzzled me a lot.

The fourth season of What We Do In Secret restored my faith in the series after a rather mediocre predecessor. The stories of individual vampires (and Guillermo) are neatly intertwined, there is something to laugh about on a regular basis, and the heroes are constantly evolving. The final scene heralds another big change in the status quo, but bearing in mind how quickly most of the potential threads prepared for this season have been dealt with, I’m not setting myself up for somehow. This is no longer the same series as at the beginning. Humor has evolved and is less and less based on awkward situations and strange behavior of the characters. However, there is nothing wrong with that, because the writers have proved this season that they still have plenty of ideas. I definitely recommend it.

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