TRUTH SEEKERS is a new horror-comedy series on Amazon Prime Video. Actually, it’s also a sci-fi and thriller story which makes it quite the genre hybrid. Created by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead. Definitely worth checking out. Read our Truth Seekers Season 1 review here!
TRUTH SEEKERS is a new horror-comedy series on Amazon Prime Video. It’s created by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg who rose to fame when they starred in Shaun of the Dead (2004). This time around, Nick Frost is the main protagonist in the series which has a stellar cast – including, of course, Simon Pegg in a key role.
While it’s listed as a horror-comedy, I would say it’s at least as much of a sci-fi and thriller story, so it’s actually quite the genre hybrid. Season 1 has eight episodes that are each around the half-hour mark.
Continue reading our Truth Seekers Season 1 review below and be sure to check it out on Amazon’s Prime Video.
The cast of Truth Seekers
I have no doubt that the cast of Truth Seekers will draw in viewers initially. I mean, it’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg who have a lot of fans all over the world who simply adore their movies. From Shaun of the Dead (2004) to Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). Of course, those were all directed by Edgar Wright, who wrote them along with Simon Pegg.
This time around, a new director is on board but the actors are still front and center. Well, mostly Nick Frost as Gus Roberts while Simon Pegg has a very important recurring (in every episode) role. He plays the boss of Gus Roberts (Nick Frost) and insists on always calling him by his full name.
The two clearly have more of a partnership so hierarchy isn’t really an issue.
The most wonderful characters
One of the most important characters is played by Samson Kayo. He plays Elton John. No, not the Elton John which would have been strange since he’s a rather young black man. He plays the new colleague of Gus Roberts and is a real sweetheart.
Also in a key role throughout season 1 is iconic actor Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange) who seems to be having a great time. The same goes for Emma D’Arcy who plays Astrid. A girl who isn’t really afraid of all the weirdness going on.
The sister of Elton John (Samson Kayo) is another important character. Her name is Helen and she ends up getting along extremely well with Malcolm McDowell’s character once the two meet. She’s played perfectly by Susan Wokoma, who was also awesome as Edith in the Netflix movie Enola Holmes and the Netflix horror-comedy series Crazyhead from 2016.
I’m ready for Truth Seekers Season 2 now!
I have to admit that I wasn’t quite feeling Truth Seekers at first. It just started out a bit slow for my liking. However, and this is important, that is only until you pick up on the style of this Amazon original series. Each episode starts with a side plot that will become key to the events of that particular episode.
By episode 3 of Truth Seekers, you should be in sync with this way of telling the story. The characters should also have grown on you by then. And they are very likable characters with some interesting backstories and talents.
Also, both stories and characters tend to all be connected, so elements from all episodes will become key during the final episodes of season 1. And yes, it ends on such a high note that it will leave you wanting more. It should immediately have you asking for a season 2 of Truth Seekers.
Watch Truth Seekers Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video!
All eight episodes in season 1 of Truth Seekers are directed by Jim Field Smith. Most recently, he worked as a director on the Netflix series Criminal: UK as well as directed the episodes of Criminal: Spain. In other words, this new Amazon Original is a very different kind of beast. He did also direct the indie ensemble comedy Butter (2011) which is really good.
As already mentioned, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are creators of this series. However, two additional creators are also behind Truth Seekers. They are Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz who previously created the comedy series Sick Note (2017-) together. It also starred Nick Frost along with Rupert Grint (Servant) and Lindsay Lohan.
Admittedly, I’m a bit worried that people might give up on this series before realizing how brilliant it is as a whole. Just as it was the case with the HBO series Watchmen that also took a while to find its footing. In the end, it all made sense though and the same goes for Truth Seekers.
We’re giving it 3 out of 5 but a much more accurate rating would be 3½ since we end with episodes that are easily deserving of a higher rating than the first ones. Just stick with it and know that with just eight 30-minute episodes, it is definitely worth checking out! And now we’re ready for Truth Seekers season 2 to be greenlit ASAP. Please and thank you!
Season 1 of Truth Seekers is out on Amazon Prime Video from October 30, 2020.
Creators: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Nat Saunders, James Serafinowicz
Director: Jim Field Smith
Stars: Nick Frost, Samson Kayo, Emma D’Arcy, Malcolm McDowell, Susan Wokoma, Simon Pegg, Julian Barratt, Rosalie Craig
Broadband installer by day, paranormal investigator by night, Gus is annoyed to be partnered with “noob” Elton, but comes to appreciate having someone along for the ride as they uncover a spike in supernatural activity. They’re soon joined by Astrid, who has ghost problems of her own, and the gang embark upon creating a ghost-hunting YouTube channel, uncovering a terrifying conspiracy as they go.