‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is to die for

Cody Deitz, Features Editor

      Drew Barrymore is back with a new recipe for how to make you look younger, have more energy and feel sexy. The adjustment to your meal plan may be anything but appetizing.

     The actress stars once again in the new season of “Santa Clarita Diet.” The Netflix comedy series centers on a pair of married realtors in the suburbs of LA who have a secret that takes them down a road of death and destruction.

     After Barrymore’s character, Sheila, unexpectedly dies, she comes back to life and craves nothing but people’s flesh. Now, the couple and their teenage daughter will have to work together to suppress her new craving, all while living supposedly normal lives.

     This season has it all: the comedy, the acting and the gore. It pushes the envelope of what a zombie-based show can be, as compared to a run-of-the-mill “The Walking Dead” rip-off. Similar to how the CW’s “iZombie” integrated the medical profession, “Santa Clarita Diet” adds the tough cluster of marriage, family and work life, let alone the appetite for humans.

     The season focuses on continuing the exploration into the mythology behind the undead and how they become the way they are. The Hammonds chase the source of the virus through many episodes, hoping to stop it from spreading and save humanity from becoming undead or being eaten themselves.

     With a psychologically-falling-apart father, and an undead mother, it doesn’t leave much room for the stereotypical child-following-the-rules setup that the general sitcom gives you. It’s quite refreshing. There is something nice about seeing a family stick together through thick and thin. Face it, most of us would not stand by our family if one of them ate people.

     It’s hard not to love this show, especially when a childhood star everyone is familiar with begins viciously eating people and spits vulgarities regularly.
The show does have an acquired taste, so I do not recommend it for those with weak stomachs. If you think that comedic gore can be charming, this one’s for you. Maybe just avoid eating anything while binging.