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Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s Spooky Truth Seekers Is Well Worth a Binge

Gus and Elton prepare for their next job.

Gus and Elton put together for his or her subsequent job.
Photograph: Colin Hutton/Amazon Studios

Truth Seekers, a brand new sequence whose co-creators and stars embrace noted nerds Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), hits Amazon tomorrow. It could be a welcome arrival any time of yr, however because it’s all in regards to the paranormal (and the people who’re obsessive about it), it’s the perfect binge for Halloween.

Although Fact Seekers runs simply eight episodes, and every runs below 30 minutes, it nonetheless manages to ship a multi-layered storyline and a few endearingly authentic characters. Main the best way is Frost as Gus Roberts; by day, he’s a high technician for Smyle, a broadband firm that’s decided to unfold its service into each nook and cranny throughout England. By evening (and in addition by day, each time he sees the chance), Gus is the “Fact Seeker,” a ghost hunter who paperwork his exploits on his beloved—however low-traffic—YouTube channel.

Gus misplaced his spouse, Emily, a decade prior, and his curiosity within the afterlife is partially as a result of she was so into spooky stuff—but additionally as a result of he holds out hope of contacting her on the opposite facet of the veil. Gus undoubtedly has some melancholy in him, however contemplating he’s performed by the effortlessly humorous Frost, it doesn’t weigh him down an excessive amount of.

Pegg performs Dave, Gus’ jovial boss at Smyle, however it’s extra of a supporting position—so to be clear, Fact Seekers isn’t one other Pegg-Frost buddy comedy if that’s what you had been anticipating. Nevertheless, don’t be disillusioned; there’s nonetheless loads of Pegg, and the remainder of the ensemble is a delight. Gus is initially aggravated when Dave insists he companion up with an keen new Smyle worker, the dubiously named Elton John (Samson Kayo). However Gus, who’s secretly been fairly lonely, quickly realizes Elton’s not so dangerous to have round. Even higher, regardless of Elton’s scaredy-cat tendencies, he does an honest job as Gus’ YouTube cameraman—which turns out to be useful when the pair begin uncovering an unprecedented string of unexplained phenomenon.

Simon Pegg’s wig is terrible, and Truth Seekers knows you noticed.

Simon Pegg’s wig is horrible, and Fact Seekers is aware of you observed.
Photograph: Colin Hutton/Amazon Studios

Thanks to those two characters, we additionally get Malcolm McDowell as Richard, Gus’ dad, and Susie Wokoma as Gus’ sister Helen; they kind an unlikely friendship primarily based totally on the truth that they’ll’t stand everybody else. Alongside the best way, Fact Seekers’ forged expands to incorporate Astrid (Emma D’Arcy), a younger lady who asks for assist along with her personal ghost drawback and finally ends up sticking round after, in addition to esteemed paranormal scholar Dr. Peter Toynbee (The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt), who’s as slippery as he’s well-known.

From its first episode, Fact Seekers begins planting seeds and dangling clues that maybe not all the pieces is what it appears with these characters—and in addition that each one the hauntings Gus, Elton, and Astrid are investigating won’t be as unconnected as they initially seem. There’s additionally a a lot bigger conspiracy pulsating just under the floor. The Pegg-Frost film I’d evaluate it to probably the most could be Sizzling Fuzz, with a splash of The World’s End, however to say far more would spoil the pleasures of seeing the items fall into place. Simply know that even when you’re watching very fastidiously and find yourself guessing the place sure issues are going—Fact Seekers nonetheless has some twists in retailer.

Astrid, Elton, and Gus have a team meeting.

Astrid, Elton, and Gus have a group assembly.
Photograph: Colin Hutton/Amazon Studios

Whereas the overarching plot is intelligent and offers the fast-paced episodes a high-stakes climax to construct towards, Fact Seekers is absolutely propelled by the smaller moments of hilarity that crop up alongside the best way. A number of are so British-specific I needed to Google the references to get the joke; others, like Helen’s unimaginable Dalek cosplay (for an episode set at a comics convention), are extra universally geeky. The present additionally walks the proper steadiness between happening in our world and one the place ghosts and black magic are actual; the writers clearly had a implausible time dreaming up haunted settings (an deserted asylum that’s being transformed into fancy residences, a horror-themed lodge whose proprietor casually factors out the “Nightmare on Elm Suite”) and an array of fantastic props (a Necronomicon-esque haunted e-book, Gus’ ghost-detecting devices) to encompass the characters.

At its coronary heart—and regardless of all of the spooky stuff and a good quantity of gore—Fact Seekers is absolutely in regards to the bonds that kind between its extraordinarily imperfect characters, or bettering those that had been form of threadbare when the story begins, particularly Elton and Helen. Most everybody finally ends up revealing backstories that designate loads about their eccentric personalities, however the course of feels pure moderately than pressured; the identical goes for the coincidences (or are they?) that tie the totally different elements of the story collectively in the long run.

Fact Seekers does commit the cardinal sin of ending on a little bit of a cliffhanger—after resolving the primary plot, fortunately—however right here’s hoping meaning we’ll get one other season to reply all of the brand-new questions we immediately had after the season one finale.

Fact Seekers hits Amazon Prime tomorrow, October 30.


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