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"What We Do in the Shadows" revels in the fecklessness of vampires who fail upward

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04.09.2021

Feckless is a word that became popular sometime in 2018, when we were trapped in the dark heart of the previous administration. It's a simple word that could be applicable to anyone in the 45th Oval Office occupant's inner circle because it can mean weak and ineffective, or worthless and irresponsible.

Every member of the "What We Do In the Shadows" vampire brood wears the term accurately too, as they've demonstrated over the course of two seasons of stacking up a body count, human and vampire. Most of those deaths count as dinner, but the vampire mortalities were not entirely their fault. Not that it matters.

Since Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) have managed to hang on to their wealth and stick around for at least 100 years, it was only a matter of time until they failed upward. As it is America, so goes the vampire underworld.

The third season would seem to escalate the stakes for the Staten Island vampires by giving them power and responsibility, except for the fact that the world of vampire governance is virtually toothless. Neither are there any laws that can never be broken, despite previous claims to the contrary. In the second season finale Nandor's familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), now a fully realized slayer, slaughters a room full of rival bloodsuckers to protect his allies and roommates.

Under vampire law this should result in termination with the most extreme prejudice. The number one rule is that vampires do not kill vampires, you see. In fact, the crew was on the verge of being beheaded for allegedly violating that most sacred of laws.

Instead, the Supreme Worldwide Vampiric Council promotes all four of them to lead the........

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