TAIKA Waititi and Jemaine Clement are comic geniuses and, whether you know it or not, you’ve most likely enjoyed their work. Their individual and joint bodies of work include the effortless comedy in Thor: Ragnarok and the stupid hilarity in mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows and in legendary series Flight of the Concords. So it’s no surprise that, after just watching the teaser trailer of Wellington Paranormal, I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. We are being blessed with a double episode premier of the show and I have every faith that even that won’t be enough. The show is set to be a spin-off from What We Do in the Shadows, which followed the lives of vampires living in a share house together. Police officers Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary, who were hypnotised in a ridiculous scene in the film, are featured in Wellington Paranormal as members of a special police paranormal unit. They are under the watchful eye of Maaka Pohatu and together try to address the issue of a paranormal crime epidemic in Wellington. What We Do in the Shadows delivered more spit-water-outyour-nose laughter moments than I care to admit, and - given the series is born from the same wavelength of ideas - I’m excited for more to come. I particularly enjoy the dedication to the perception of reality this mockumentary has promised, as it does pose the question of what an actual paranormal unit might really look like. Granted, it’s probably not something that’ll ever happen – I for one believe in ghosts but as far as evidence goes, there’s not much – but it’s certainly still something interesting (and ridiculous) to think about. Expect this to join the television series box-sets that sit on my bookshelf and get watched over and over.
◆ SPOOKS: Taika Waititi (pictured) and Jemaine Clement’s most recent comedy, Wellington Paranormal, is a promising watch.