Lengthy-time comedy couple Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are not often far aside, however in new sequence Truth Seekers they’re nearer than ever: It is the primary TV present written by and starring the pair, and their first writing collaboration in almost a decade, since geeky alien road-trip film Paul.
A ghost-hunting journey out on Amazon Friday, co-written by Sick Be aware creators James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders, Reality Seekers is pumped filled with homages to The Exorcist, The X-Information, Ghostbusters, Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World and extra.
However like Paul, you end up ready for Reality Seekers to succeed in its full potential. What begins as a comedy-horror with a surprisingly darkish edge stretches right into a roughly-sketched conspiracy, that lacks the reveals and paranoia of the duo’s work with Edgar Wright in Scorching Fuzz.
Pegg and Frost’s scenes collectively are disappointingly restricted: Frost performs reclusive YouTuber Gus, determined for subscribers and approval of his ghost-hunting missions which have but to function precise ghosts.
Gus’ boring day job as a broadband installer sees him report back to Pegg’s Dave, who’s clearly hiding one thing behind a terrifically terrible gray wig. “Connecting worlds,” his firm Smyle guarantees.
Together with a reluctant new millennial companion in Samson Kayo’s Elton (surname: John), Gus trundles his van to completely different assignments, which luckily for his YouTube profession happen in haunted dwellings throughout the UK.
Frost has all of the enjoyable (and display time) with the precise ghost-hunting, beckoning Elton’s video digicam nearer as he rattles off the names of paranormal investigating gear — Electroplasmic Spectrometer, anybody?
A number of the phenomena Gus, Elton and Astrid (Emma D’Arcy) — a mysterious, ’80s-overall-shorts-wearing lady who tags alongside — encounter are notably grotesque and sinister. The opening scene contains a burning lady in an oh-shit-this-is-actually-scary second. However others tug the present’s tone the opposite method, with schlockier costumes and situations, from figures in beaked masks and consciousnesses caught in clanky outdated machines.
Goofy feedback throughout suspenseful moments present a number of chuckles and Gus’ clueless, ageing dad Richard (a runaway standout Malcom McDowell) is launched with a visible gag that cleverly blends comedy and ghosts.
However the tone by no means finds a clean stability, with an added layer of darkness to the characters themselves. Astrid overtly describes her previous traumatic experiences with amusing innocence, whereas Gus deflects questions on his lacking spouse, hiding his loneliness.
Sometimes the half-hour installments really feel quick, the cliffhangers neither fulfill with a conclusion or go away you wanting extra. Whereas it is designed to be binged, the preliminary ghost-an-episode format leaves little time to scratch the floor of the shoppers and their hauntings earlier than the general thriller takes over.
The one consistency is the sense each member of the forged is having a ball. An oddball visitor star position sees Julian Baratt (The Mighty Boosh) barely breaking a sweat as occult chief Dr. Peter Toynbee. Amongst a number of different surprises, Susie Wokoma (Chewing Gum) is charmingly chaotic as Elton’s sister Helen, a Physician Who cosplay make-up YouTuber with agoraphobia.
Regardless of a number of moments of spooky enjoyable, Reality Seekers will not high the checklist of Pegg and Frost’s greatest. Nonetheless, it takes its horror influences severely and Pegg and Frost’s affably entertaining stamp could be felt frivolously pressed upon all of it.
Reality Seekers hits Amazon on Friday, simply in time for Halloween.