Crazyhead Review

To dearest Crazyhead,

    I don’t mean to make this sound soppy but honestly, where have you been all of my life? How did you swiftly fly under my radar for the last 3 years? Why aren’t more people talking about your outrageous sense of humour, hectic storyline and loveable, occasionally brash and prickly, characters? I can’t pretend to have the answers to these questions, I can only be grateful that we have met now. Typically I don’t enjoy a crass or crude sense of humour, which you certainly have in spades, however, you weave it so perfectly into your characters and the storyline that it feels natural, witty and appropriate rather than purely for shock value, a testament to British TV comedy writing. You had me laughing out loud and probably left the neighbours wondering what was going on as I cackled in-between the screams that your see-ers, sorry, demon-hunters, made those demons scream with their ‘big ass poles’. To match the overall tone perfectly you have used a dreamy, mystical score peppered with Dusty Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gin Wigmore, Paloma Faith, Father John Misty, Weaves, When Frankie Goes to Hollywood and many other which has become a rather addictive soundtrack in my car since.

    The shear joy brought to me by two demon-fighting gal-pals Raquel, played by Susie Wokoma (Chewing Gum), and Amy, played by Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey, voice in Overwatch); not to mention their sexually awkward getaway driver Jake (Missfits, voice in FIFA 17/18) who totally won me over by the end. Thrown together by their abilities, and need for a car, these three bumble their way through foiling the demons ultimate ‘take-over-the-world’ plan lead by the rather aggressive, hugely impulsive, Doctor Weaver, played by Tony Curran (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Underworld: Evolution, Outlaw King). I loved seeing these characters grow into their own – with Amy embracing her abilities, performing her first exorcism and building her own confidence and Raquel learning to trust others despite them occasionally thinking she is actually insane. As a pair they were funny, honest, occasionally argue and are far from perfect but that, in itself, is perfect. There were casualties, new friendships, new loves and changes of heart which were well scripted by Howard Overman (Misfits, Future Man) and well directed by a tag team of Al Mackay (Humans) and Declan O-Dwyer (Vera, Merlin, Being Human, Wire in the Blood). I thoroughly enjoyed the idea that demons took on the life of those they possessed and were able to reveal themselves but only to those who could see, well done make-up/special effects team on a top-notch job.

    I accept that there were a few holes in the story, which I won’t delve into for fear of ruining it for anyone else who hasn’t watched this yet, but I was willing to look passed them, loving you both in spite and because of your flaws. I understand you might not be everyone’s cup of tea and am largely saddened that there are not more seasons than this one but just like a summer fling you leave loose ends tied up and yet just loose enough that we could do it all again if we wanted to.

4.5 birds from yours truely – Erin

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