- Brian Donaldson
- 27 October 2020
Latest Frost and Pegg collaboration fumbles a promising set-up with an overwrought plot
At the beginning of 2020, Amazon Prime went publicity heavy on Hunters, with Al Pacino staring out from the side of buses well into the late spring. A superhero take on Nazi-hunting was a decent idea, but one that wore out all too swiftly. As this damnable year reaches the final bend, we're hit with Truth Seekers, featuring an excellent cast for a show that has a similar key flaw: a promising set-up that becomes quickly repetitive before being bogged down by its own overly-convoluted concept.
Essentially another Simon Pegg/Nick Frost collaboration, their tale is of an amiable broadband installer (Frost's Gus) who uses his job as a front to investigate paranormal acting while harbouring a sad secret. Reluctantly, he is paired up with one Elton John (Samson Kayo), a loveable oaf with a dark secret, and they are joined by Astrid (Emma D'Arcy), a traumatised teen with a weird secret.
Spectres keep popping up wherever they go (none of them as charming as the bunch from Ghosts) while Gus and co stumble upon a possible conspiracy that might threaten the planet etc etc. Gently humorous at first with Frost given plenty opportunity to ramp up his well-oiled sarcasm, Truth Seekers' pleasures subside to be replaced by an over-wrought and befuddling plotline about impending Armageddon. While much will be made of a Frost and Pegg reunion (the latter underusing himself as the bewigged manager at broadband provider Smyle), the top pairing here is Susan Wokoma as Elton's agoraphobic sister Helen trapped indoors with Malcolm McDowell, Gus' home-bound father-in-law.
Amazon Prime Video, Friday 30 October.