Everyone’s favorite horror special effects team is back for all-new episodes of Los Espookys. There are big changes for Renaldo, Andrés, Úrsula, and Tati following the season one finale. When we pick up with the gang again, they are all working through the new status quo.
Despite what is different, the job of the week format stays the same. This time the gang are tasked with appeasing disgruntled family members whose deceased loved ones aren’t buried in the graves they are supposed to be. In the past, we’ve seen the team create impressive effects on a moderate budget, but there work here is a little tame and underwhelming. It seems even the crew are only going through the motions. There is comedic payoff though it takes real suspension of disbelief to think that the living family members bought into the ruse. I do like how they use guilt to turn the tables.
Speaking of the comedy, Los Espookys has some of the most hilarious bits out there. The show starts off so well with Tati’s impersonation of Shakira to rationalize a statue dedicated to the popstar. Think soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and it all makes sense. Even the smaller gags can induce big laughs such as when Renaldo seeks advice from Pony, and the mirror salesman tries to illustrate his visions. You can always count on great jokes.
One change from the first season is that the series looks to be building longer term narratives for its characters. Uncle Tico finds himself at a crossroads since technology is making his day job obsolete. Something that began previously is the entertainment news show is trying to recruit Úrsula as their new anchor and host. Tati is also trying to make her marriage work with Juan Carlos. This approach allows us to explore and develop the characters further compared to strictly focusing on a new client every episode.
In addition, we see Andrés’s rough adjustment from chocolate heir to regular person and how privileged a life he lived. His considers everything on the shelves at the grocery story is just deconstructed food. Of course, this is getting on Renaldo’s nerves and it’s affecting his daily life. This takes Los Espookys into an interesting direction because it’s leaning more into the supernatural side. We were already introduced to Water’s Shadow, and now Andrés demonstrates more of his mystical powers while Renaldo is haunted by a ghost. It’s nice to incorporate the paranormal even more for a series so influenced by horror.
The season two premiere has some hilarious bits and looks to change things up by establishing and incorporating longer storylines for its characters taking them in some intriguing directions.
New episodes of Los Espookys drop Fridays on HBO.
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