I know Taika Waititi’s movies are a bit hit and miss with audiences, but his TV work is great if you like that style of comedy. Personally, I love it and so I had to binge watch Wellington Paranormal and here’s my review.
So far, there are 3 series, 6 episodes each, with a Christmas Special. It was created by Waititi and Jermaine Clement, known for Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in The Shadows.
I LOVE Flight of the Conchords! It’s a very subtle humour, which I think is very British in format. I don’t mind musical numbers, especially when they are funny and both series of Conchords are just great. I have missed the What We Do in the Shadows TV series, for no reason, just haven’t got around to it yet.
Wellington Paranormal is based in the same world as What We Do in the Shadows, but following two characters who made a brief appetence in the movie. It’s a mockumentary following two Wellington police officers as they investigate strange activity around the city, under the guidance of Sergeant Maaka. The official plot is:
Sergeant Maaka, and Officers Minogue and O’Leary, are members of the Wellington, New Zealand, police. Their job is to investigate paranormal phenomena.
The main stars are Karen O’Leary, Mike Minogue and Maaka Pohatu.
Firstly, the series is funny! Again, it’s subtle humour, with sometime simple one liners that really make me laugh. I can’t really say any of them, since there are so many, but they are great.
Over the three series they deal with every type of phenomena, from possessed people, to crop circles, to werewolves, to fatburghs that eat people. I love that they dealt with so much stuff, I love horror and enjoy horror-comedy.
The cast are really good, really funny and obviously know comedy. For me, the star is O’Leary, she plays the comedy ‘straight man’ and her sense of timing and delivery are perfect. Her little looks at the camera are priceless at times.
Both Minogue and Maaka are great, but I found they were both playing caricatures, which they all are, but both of them, you can tell they are playing the part.
I’m not going to go into each of the episodes, but here’s a preview of the very first episode called Demon Girl.
This gives you a sense of what the show is like. If you like Conchords or What We Do In The Shadows, you will like this, but I understand if it’s not your cuppa tea.
I give Wellington Paranormal 4.5 stars out of 5. It loses half a star since it’s only 6 episodes a season and only 25 minutes each…I would be happy to see more! There is a new season coming out in 2022 though.
If you fancy something a little different, something you can really laugh at and enjoy a good comedy horror, I would defiantly check it out.
Wellington Paranormal is available on different streaming services.