“Let’s march into this house like the aspiring semi-professionals we are.”
Join the Paranormal Investigation Team as they pile into their RV Scooby Doo style, investigating everything from the supernatural to the super nerdy in “Spooked,” the new 4-part webseries from executive producers Bryan Singer (X-Men) and Felicia Day (Supernatural).
As mentioned in my last article introducing the webseries, “Spooked” is a comedy about a group of “aspiring semi-professional” ghost hunters. The series follows protagonist Connor (Julian Curtis), who, after the death of his parents, sets out with a team of amateur investigators on a mission to help those with ghostly infestations. The Paranormal Investigation Team (or P.I.T.), consists of Connor, his sister Piper (Shyloh Oostwald), occult specialist Morgan (Ashley Johnson), techie and paranormal documenter Lindsey (Neil Grayston), and fanboy photographer Elliot (Derek Mio). Even in the midst of ghosts (or even alien ghosts), these characters seem more distracted by the drama in their personal lives than the supernatural goings-on of the cases they are solving, only adding to the hilarity of these fast-paced 20-minute episodes.
Every P.I.T. member has his or her quirks and defining qualities: science nerd Lindsey, tarot-reading Morgan, and the charmingly relatable Connor. But likely the most relatable character for the majority of the show’s viewership is Elliot, the fanboy of all things horror- and nerd-related. When he’s not geeking out about some movie reference or snapping pictures (“para”graphs) of everything in sight, he’s relentlessly attempting to score a date with Morgan by using one of his numerous nerdy pickup lines (I will definitely be using “the flame to my Goblet of Fire” some time in the near future). Yes, his character is dramatic, but he really is the comedic glue that keeps the episodes lively and fun.
The show makes frequent references to not only horror movies but to nerd culture in general, as is to be expected with the minds behind the webseries. Even if you’re like me and aren’t up on all of the latest paranormal films and franchises, “Spooked” offers plenty of enjoyment for geeks of all kinds. I won’t lie and say I didn’t bust up laughing at the “some Chinese doctor named ‘Hu’” line in the alien-themed episode “Mixed Signals.”
I imagine it would be difficult to strike the correct balance between the seriousness of some themes in the show and the comedic factor, but “Spooked,” aside from the inevitable hiccups, does this surprisingly well. The variety in character types is relatively well- balanced, and there’s also, as is typical of Geek & Sundry productions, a healthy dose of LGBT representation. I look forward to upcoming episodes and seeing what paranormal shenanigans these amateur ghost hunters will get up to next.
Packed with laughs and geeky references, “Spooked” is most definitely worth a watch, whether you’re a horror fan, a nerd, or both. The series’s pilot episode, “Paranormal Investigators,” premieres on Hulu and YouTube on Wednesday, June 4th at 10am PT/ 1pm ET.