Doug Jones has made his grand return into FX’s What We Do in the Shadows — question is, how long is he going to stay?
In this week’s What We Do in the Shadows episode, which is appropriately entitled “Baron’s Night Out,” the ancient vampire that our three protagonists have been harboring in their attic since the series premiere finally makes his grand awakening.
A grand awakening that Nandor, Lazlo and Nadja aren’t necessarily looking forward to, if we’re being honest.
The three of them know that the Baron (Jones) likely isn’t going to be too happy with how little progress they’ve made at conquering all humans in the past couple of weeks. After all, they’ve spent most nights battling werewolves and animal control rather than, you know, doing anything useful.
Nevertheless, the Baron has finally awoken and, after snacking on the What We Do in the Shadows documentary sound crew guy, wants to see all the progress that’s been made.
So, they take the Baron out for a night on the town in New York — a night that, if all goes to plan, might end up in death as Lazlo lazily throws out a suggestion that they just kill the Baron if things get too uncomfortable.
Things are definitely uncomfortable at first, we’ll give Lazlo that. The Baron clearly has no idea how to fit into modern times, to the point where he’s telling anyone and every one his secret about being a vampire while also openly sucking people’s blood in public.
With Lazlo’s thought of killing the old brute becoming a stronger and stronger notion, the four of them (Guillermo wisely decided to sit this one out) head over to a bar when the Baron suggests they all take some shots.
Of course, in What We Do in the Shadows world, shots means drinking blood from people who are intoxicated, but it more or less has the same effect as normal alcohol.
The other three give in and, soon enough, all the vampires are drunk.
That leads to several really clever bits from bother writer Jermaine Clement (Legion) and director Jackie van Beek (who starred as one of the familiars in the What We Do in the Shadows movie), as they take the opportunity to come up with some good gross-out gags and vampire mischief that fits in perfectly with the tone of the show.
The funniest bit comes later, when they’re all seated down at the table and the Baron reveals he’s been off lately — so off, that he’s been randomly killing people without remorse, to the point where he was thinking about killing Nandor, Nadja and Lazlo tonight for no reason whatsoever.
Drunken Nandor begins to pipe up and, while Nadja and Lazlo desperately try to shush him, admits that they, too, were thinking about killing the Baron just a few hours ago.
After a couple long seconds of awkward silence, they’re able to laugh it off and continue on with their night, this time heading to a club to suck the blood off some guys who are on drugs — which only adds to the craziness.
Morning eventually comes and the vampires retreat back to their mansion before the sunlight hits. They’re bringing the Baron up to his coffin before he dazedly stumbles backward and falls off the staircase into the main room.
“Whew,” he says with a laugh. “Could have easily had a piece of wood stake my heart.”
At precisely that moment, Guillermo opens the front door, causing the sunlight to hit directly where the Baron is standing. He proceeds to burst into flames before falling over in a burnt crisp, much to the horror of the vampires, Guillermo, Collin and the Baron’s familiar.
A shocked look directed at the camera crew from Nandor puts an end to this What We Do in the Shadows episode, leaving the audience to wonder whether or not that sunlight was a fatal blow or if we’ll be seeing the Baron again in the near future.
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