Wellington Paranormal

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Wellington Paranormal
Written by Jemaine Clement
Paul Yates
Melanie Bracewell
Jessica Hansell
Directed by Jemaine Clement
Jackie van Beek
Starring Mike Minogue
Karen O'Leary
Maaka Pohatu
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Taika Waititi
Jemaine Clement
Producer(s) Paul Yates
Production company(s) New Zealand Documentary Board
Release
Original network TVNZ 2
Original release 11 July 2018 (2018-07-11) – present (present)

Wellington Paranormal is a New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror television series which first aired on 11 July 2018 on TVNZ 2. The series is a spin-off of the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows, and its lead characters—Officers Minogue and O'Leary—first appeared in the film as a pair of incurious police officers.[1]

The series was created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, who wrote, directed and performed in What We Do in the Shadows.[2] Waititi and Clement serve as the series' executive producers, while Clement directs four of the six episodes.[1] The series has been confirmed for a second season of 13 episodes to air in 2019.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Mike Minogue as Officer Kyle Minogue
  • Karen O'Leary as Officer O'Leary
  • Maaka Pohatu as Sergeant Maaka

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Demon Girl"Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement & Paul Yates11 July 2018 (2018-07-11)
Wellington police officers Minogue and O'Leary encounter a young girl projectile vomiting in Cuba Mall, and claiming to be Bazu'aal of the Unholy Realm. The girl is taken back to the station, where she proceeds to climb the walls like a spider and escape. Sergeant Maaka recruits Minogue and O'Leary into his new Paranormal Unit and tasks them with investigating strange phenomena in and around Wellington. Pursuing Bazu'aal as he body hops between the girl's family members, Minogue and O'Leary conduct an exorcism to stop the demon from opening a hellmouth in the Bucket Fountain.
2"Cop Circles"Jemaine ClementMelanie Bracewell18 July 2018 (2018-07-18)
Sergeant Maaka sends Minogue and O'Leary out to the country to investigate an incident where a cow has ended up at the top of a tall tree, and he suspects aliens are responsible. The officers speak to the farmer and his strangely similar family members, and find crop circles and seed pods in the fields. As night falls, the police are pursued by plant-based extra-terrestrial life forms, but manage to lock them in a shed. As they outline the night's events to the documentary crew, their alien clones escape the shed and wander away.
3"Things That Do The Bump In The Night"Jackie van BeekNick Ward25 July 2018 (2018-07-25)
Minogue and O'Leary attend a noise complaint in Khandallah, where they find what appears to be a 1970s theme party in full swing. When O'Leary unplugs the record player, the party goers vanish. Sergeant Maaka suspects that ghosts are responsible, and calls for a medium, Chloe Patterson, to attempt to communicate with them. The officers encounter a series of spectres in the house, who they discover are the ghosts of people who died at a party held by Raymond St John, known as the "Party King", in the 70s. They convince St John, who has possessed Patterson, to release her and allow his guests to go on to the afterlife.
4"The She Wolf of Kurimarama Street"Jackie van BeekJessica Hansell1 August 2018 (2018-08-01)
When a pizza delivery boy claims he was attacked by a "dog wearing jeans", Minogue and O'Leary follow a trail of destruction and missing pets to a disoriented young woman named Sheena. As they drive her home, the full moon is revealed, and Sheena transforms into a werewolf. When Sheena returns to human form, she realises her ex-boyfriend, Dion (one of the werewolf pack from What We Do in the Shadows) has transmitted his condition to her.
5"A Normal Night"Jemaine ClementSam Smith8 August 2018 (2018-08-08)
Minogue and O'Leary confront a series of mysterious events—a wilful floating plastic bag, apparent thefts of blood bags from Wellington Hospital, strange sacrficial rites in a Wellington park, and a posse of evil clowns in a very small car. Apart from the evil clown posse, the common underlying element to the events is Nick (the fledgeling vampire from What We Do in the Shadows), who is selling bootleg stolen blood from his job as a Wellington Hospital orderly to other local vampires. Ultimately, Nick glamours them into forgetting it all ever happened.
6"Zombie Cops"Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement & Paul Yates15 August 2018 (2018-08-15)
Two fellow Wellington Police officers, Donovan and Laupepe, get bitten by a zombie in a police interview room and turn while out on patrol, leading to a string of mishaps until the Paranormal Unit recognises the situation and takes steps to retrieve the errant officers, who have meanwhile bitten a fast food attendant and driver. Fortunately, the zombies are found to be susceptible to radio wave control and are soon back safely in the custody of their colleagues.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rae, Fiona (8 July 2018). "The TV spin-off of What We Do in the Shadows is finally (almost) here". Noted. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ Puschmann, Karl (4 July 2018). "Wellington Paranormal delivers New Zealand's newest comedy heroes". NZ Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "13 new episodes of Wellington Paranormal will air in 2019". Stuff. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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