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[TV Review] Truth Seekers Season 1 (2020) ★★★★★

Astrid, Gus and Elton in Truth Seekers season 1

Truth Seekers unleashes hilarious spookiness and heartwarming mystery. 


Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series that is fun, conjures up some scares, has some great twists, an engrossing mystery, incredibly likable characters and a big heart. All these elements are mixed together in an original story that feels very familiar in tone and atmosphere due to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the men behind the Cornetto Trilogy.

It does feel like this series is the fourth part of this trilogy, in which they already dealt with zombies in Shawn of the Dead (2004), a serial killer in Hot Fuzz (2007) and with aliens in The World’s End (2013). Now it’s all about ghosts and the paranormal, and it does also have a bit of a Doctor Who vibe. But it does have the same style, humor, heart and unconventional characters with a mysterious plot that is wonderfully woven into the story.

This review is without spoilers or really minor ones. The mystery and how the plot unfolds is best to watch without knowing too much about it. You just have to let it all happen and enjoy the ride that will surprise you in an endearing, epic fun way. 

This first season consists of 8 episodes with each a duration of 30 minutes. It has a continuous storyline but each episode deals with different kinds of hauntings which are also connected to the main plot.


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Plot

Gus Roberts is a broadband installer and repairman who works at Smyle a company that has 100% 6G coverage in Britain. When Gus gets appointed a coworker named Elton John, some strange things are about to occur. Firstly the radio station that Gus has listened to for 20 years and only broadcasts “One” since WWII adds now “Five.” And when they encounter a young woman Astrid who’s on the run from ghosts, things get really strange. It has something to do with all of them and Gus’s late wife Emily who investigated the paranormal. Together with Dad Richard whom Gus still lives with, Elton’s sister Helen, who has some serious issues, Gus, Elton and Astrid are caught up in a sinister plan that they have to stop from happening.


Why you should watch it

Truth Seekers has first of all its heart at the right place. The characters are all people with some serious issues, with traumas and problems, but when they find each other, it’s the first step to deal with it and getting closure. That element is foremost the best part of the series. It’s the heart and core that tells a gripping and sometimes emotional story about real people who have dealt wit some pretty extraordinary weird incidents.

The fact that they are real and not caricatures or stereotypes, ensures that the paranormal parts and the brilliant over the top wicked plan and plot is very acceptable. The characters are all damaged people and don’t deal with it in the best way possible, which makes it all the more plausible. By showing them as vulnerable and likable good people, you cannot but love them very easily. But it never gets too heavy hearted or too dramatic, it’s always focused on positivity in a lighthearted way. 

This first step by fleshing out the characters is a very strong basis for the plot to develop and the ghost stories to tell. Because it’s going to be a hilarious, deadpan of a ride. The humor is very British and dry and witty and never forgets the tragic side of it all, nor the brave side. It’s a great combination to let the storyline unfold and the characters shine. 

It has a well-crafted and smart structure that keeps you guessing. The pace is perfect with excellent timing and the editing is snappy. The ghosts look great and scary and the cinematography feels very natural. Richard is cause for some hilarious fun, especially his electric wheelchair stair lift is so funny. The shots and the way some scenes are filmed are cause for some greatly funny bits. And the vlog footage and the youtube channel also add something extra to the fun and thrilling vibes.

There are lots of clever twists and turns and a big mystery of what is really going on. Who’s to trust and what really happened in the past to Astrid, Emily and Elton and Helen. But there’s also the big mystery of what’s going on now. Why is there so much ghostly activity? Why is it so important that there’s 100% coverage of 6G? Is Gus’ boss Dave to be trusted? These are some of the questions that keep you intrigued and form a new fresh mythology. 

Each episode lifts a tip of the veil, but also poses more questions. Each episode starts with a short narrative that takes place in the past and is a setup for the storyline that follows in the present. Although each episode feels like it’s a different haunting that they have to deal with, eventually it is all connected to the big story arc and plot. About the sinister plan and about the three Truth Seekers.

While Gus has a motive to be a Truth Seeker to find out what happened to Emily, Elton is very reluctant and doesn’t want to be a Truth Seeker, but is dragged into in by Gus. When they save Astrid from the ghosts, it convinces Elton to carry on being a Truth Seeker and Astrid joins them willingly, but with ulterior motives of her own. 

That’s what makes this series so enjoyable. It has the whole package, with different elements that are all intertwined in an amazing way. The fact that the episodes are short, and it has a continuous storyline, you just want to watch it in one go to find out what is going on and how it ends. 


My favorite part

I loved all the characters and especially Helen. She was so fierce and smart and at the same time struggling with a trauma and not being well. But it was handled with such integrity and in a respectful way, while it also was a bit tragically funny. It was just one of the things that shows how this series handles unconventional people and mixes it with unconventional events without making fun of them.

Each ghost story was terrific in setup. It was funny, with great dialogue and reactions from Gus and Elton, who formed a great team. Sometimes it gets hilarious and sometimes you just need some tissues to wipe away your tears, and to be cheering them on the next scene, or trying to figure out what is happening and who’s evil and who’s not. I absolutely loved this delightful series and its warm big heart.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Fun factor: ★★★★★

Scare factor: ★★☆☆☆

Gruesome factor: ★★☆☆☆

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


Cast and crew

Tuth Seekers is created by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz. It stars Nick Frost (Gus Roberts), Samson Kayo (Elton John), Emma D’Arcy (Astrid), Susan Wokoma (Helen), Malcolm McDowell (Richard), Simon Pegg (Dave), Taj Atwal (Elara), Kelly Macdonald (JoJo 74) and Julian Barratt (Dr. Peter Toynbee). 

Music: Robin Foster. Cinematography: Arthur Mulhern. Production companies: Amazon Studios, Stolen Picture. Distributed by: Amazon Studios. 


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