I find myself turning more and more to the other side of the pond for my television watching these days. Maybe I’m tired of the same old same old of U.S. television or, perhaps, I just really like the accent. I found Crazyhead on Netflix and discovered an irreverent mix of Buffy the Vampire the Slayer and Grimm.
Amy and Raquel are two early twentysomething women that can see demons who’ve possessed human bodies. Raquel is an old pro at this and has been killing demons since she was 15, but Amy just discovered her powers after seeing a demon at a nightclub.
They need to stop demon/ psychotherapist Callum from opening the gates of hell and letting thousands of demons loose on the world. The duo is joined in their demon hunting by Amy’s friend, Jake, who will go to the ends of the Earth to impress Amy, even though she has no interest in him. Her main squeeze, Raquel’s brother, doesn’t know she can see demons.
As you can tell, this is as much soap opera as horror show, which can be expected from the creator of Misfits. It’s designed to be hip, rebellious and edgy, leaving the old codgers with their mouths wide as Amy pees on someone to start an exorcism.
Overall, Crazyhead is average with spates of good comedy and action, but gets dragged down by convoluted plot points and just trying too hard. If this was a 10-episode season, it might get tiresome, but with only six episodes, you find yourself strangely wanting more. The biggest downside is the first few episodes are painfully slow and the last few are lightning fast.
The main characters, Cara Theobold of Downton Abbey fame, and Susan Wokoma don’t have a great chemistry together until the last few episodes. The jewels of this show are veteran actor Tony Curran as Callum, Lewis Reeves as Jake and Lu Corfield as single mother/ demon Mercy. Jake’s crude humor and pathetic attempts to woo Amy make you feel sorry and grow attached to him. Callum is an evil demon lord who loves cooking and has a hard time dealing with all the stress. My personal favorite was Mercy, who has come to love the child she’s been raising, and her maternal instincts come into conflict with her duties as a demon.
I sincerely hope there is a season two, and they build on the chemistry that took so long to create in the first season.