In a show chock-full of horror and action, it’s still the script that stands out. From Dusk Till Dawn is back, picking up from the end of last season when Richie Gecko was turned; separated from his brother, Seth; and headed off with Santanico Pandemonium.
At the start of the second season, the pop culture references are not only still in place but come thick and fast. A delightfully cheeky one was Richie’s conversation with Santanico where she confuses Bela Lugosi and John Belushi.
Lengthy monologues are also there, and reassert the fact that the show is based on a script by Quentin Tarantino – a man well known for prolific character soliloquys. The stand out in Episode 1 is Richie ruminating on Burt Lancaster in The Train.
While Santanico and Richie wreak bloody havoc, Seth remains on the run with Katie Fuller. The latter finds herself in the same predicament as Seth, both characters having had brothers sired into vampirism. Both have a dark path to travel, but particularly Seth, and we’re looking forward to watching them walk it and see how their stories develop.
We also got a chance to see a few of the new characters. Lord Amancio Malvado, played by Esai Morales, oozed swaggering yet dangerous charm with his entrance; while Briana Evigan’s debut was fairly brief. Hopefully we’ll get to see lots more of both as the season progresses.
Sizzling script aside, we still love the gruesome special effects – of which there were plenty in Episode 1. While the words make Tarantino’s presence felt, the show’s style marks it as very much a creation developed by Robert Rodriguez.
He directed the season premiere, but will likely be handing over the reins for future episodes. However, his hand will still be firmly felt on this production and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us.