Santa Clarita Diet Third Season – Serbian Heritage

Here comes the new season of “Santa Clarita Diet”, a hilarious horror/comedy on Netflix. I generally don’t find comedies funny, probably because the level of either sophistication or brutality is low. “Santa Clarita Diet” is different.

It deals with death and zombies and gore… In a perfect suburb in a normal suburban family wanting to live a normal, suburban life.

There are a few shows that intelligently satirize the suburban “perfect” life. One of those shows is “Desperate Housewives” though that show didn’t end in glory (became too boring to watch). “Santa Clarita” is the other.

The creator Victor Fresco picked up on the current trend – zombies and created a show to criticize both the perfect life we see on ads and our current obsession with zombies.

I find it very interesting that Fredco chose Serbia as the key to both “zombism” and the cure for it (as it’s a virus). Did you know that the word “vampire” comes from the Serbian language? There is a true story about an alleged vampire from the 18th century Serbia.

In the 18th century, in a small village in Serbia, a guy named Petar Blagojevich died and everyone in the village thought he became a vampire and was out to kill them and.drink their blood. The thing is, after Petar’s death, people in the village suddenly started dying at a higher rate than before. No wonder that the villagers were concerned! The case the vampire (“vampire” in Serbian) came to Vienna and some Austrian officials were sent to investigate the case. When they came to the village they asked for the grave of Petar Blagojevich to be dug up and to their surprise, his body was intact and his cheeks and lips had a reddish hue. The villagers were also terrified so they did what was a custom in those cases – they pierced Petar’s heart with a hawthorn stick and burned his body. Interestingly enough, after this people stopped dying at such a rate. It’s fair to mention that the officials never managed to produce the logical explanation for all of this.

It is clear now that Fresco had in mind the rich Serbian history when he created this show. It can be seen in yet another aspect that is first mentioned in the 3rd season – the Knights of Serbia. People in Serbia are very proud of their medieval history and ancestry and although no such thing as an organization for fighting zombies existed (mind you, zombies don’t exist), Serbian medieval knights are very cherished and revered in the country.

The Knights of Serbia organization remind me of the Knights Templar who were created to protect the pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. The Knights of Serbia don’t protect pilgrims but they do fight the undead. Basically, they were created to protect the living from the undead. A noble mission, indeed.

I found the third season more hectic than the previous seasons but in a good way. A lot is going on, new zombies, new organizations, even a budding romance.

Sheila still tries to maintain her suburban mother/wife/realtor life while hacking up evil people and eating them with gusto… She even asked Joel a very important question that took him a long time to think about an answer.

This season continues dealing with the subject of upbringing teenagers despite and perhaps inside all the madness that surrounds the family. Sheila and Joel are forced to accept that their daughter is growing up, that she has her own, albeit unorthodox, aspirations in life and that it is their job as parents to support her no matter what.

We’ll be waiting for the fourth season…

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