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REGINALD THE VAMPIRE -- "The Pompatus of Love" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Jacob Batalon as Reginald Andres
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‘Reginald the Vampire’ season 2 episode 1 review: Complicated romances and angelic threats

Reginald the Vampire kicks off its second season.

Reginald the vampire may not have the dashing good looks or the chiseled physique compared to the others of his kind, but he proves he can mix it up with the best of them by utilizing his sharp wits and intellect. When we last left off, Reginald saves the day and helps usher in a leadership change amongst vampires. With the return of the series tonight we find out what’s next for our portly friend and the rest of his crew.

“Pompatus of Love” efficiently sets the stage for whats to come this new season. There’s no rest for our heroes as they return to the drama of their personal lives while the new threat is introduced. The various narratives pick up from the loose ends left from “Reginald Andres Beyond Thunderdome,” and they move at a pace revealing enough new information to keep you satisfied. 

As alluded to in the closing scenes of the season one finale and this season’s trailer, there is a more divine threat to the vampires. It takes things in an interesting direction by flipping the script on angels, while also expanding the mythology of this world. The episode also builds this aura of mystery with Reginald the vampire experiencing haunting dreams of a threatening person. 

What really makes the show fun and endearing is its lovable cast. Now that we already know them, we can dive deeper into each to give them added depth and backstory. One of the more interesting previous developments revolves around Claire showing flashes of superpowers. We begin to learn more about her family situation, which will hopefully lead to answers about her abilities and what she really is.

REGINALD THE VAMPIRE -- "The Pompatus of Love" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christin Park as Nikki, Simon Arblaster as Raphael
Photo: James Dittiger/Syfy

Then we explore the different complicated romantic relationships, which provide much of the emotional weight. Nikki and Hanna are a fairly new couple, and the former tries real hard to give up her violent ways. We’re treated to an awesome unconventional fight scene that makes excellent use of flames and shadows, but it only causes more tension. It makes you question whether vampires can really shed their monstrous ways, and if true love can exist between humans and vampires.

If there is any pairing that can answer that question it is between Reginald the vampire and Sara. However, they too hit a rough patch and it’s heartbreaking to see the protagonist deal with the fallout. The series seemed to be heading in this direction ever since the latter part of season one, especially considering Reginald’s glamouring and manipulation last season. But it all feels quite abrupt based on the couple’s make out sessions last episode. Possibly adding more stress to the situation is the introduction of another possible suitor for Sara, who might not be that understanding towards vampires.

“Pompatus of Love” is an fun episode that helps transition viewers back into the world of Reginald the Vampire. It picks up the loose threads from last season while focusing on the amiable yet flawed characters that we all enjoy.

New episodes of Reginald the Vampire air Wednesdays on Syfy.

REGINALD THE VAMPIRE -- "The Pompatus of Love" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Jacob Batalon as Reginald Andres
‘Reginald the Vampire’ season 2 episode 1 review: Complicated romances and angelic threats
Reginald the Vampire S 2 E 1 review: 'Pompatus of Love'
“Pompatus of Love” is an fun episode that helps transition viewers back into the world of Reginald the Vampire. It picks up the loose threads from last season while focusing on the amiable yet flawed characters that we all enjoy.
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Efficiently sets the stage for whats to come this season shedding light on loose threads at a satisfying pace.
Nikki's awesome fight scene that makes excellent use of flames and shadows.
Though the series was always heading in this direction, Sara's change of heart feels abrupt considering how close and hot and heavy she was with Reginald last episode.
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