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Wellington Paranormal (2018)

Season 1


Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 1] Demon Girl
Shown 11th July 2018

This is a mockumentary about supernatural events in the town of Wellington, New Zealand. If this sounds a bit like What We Do In The Shadows (2014) , that is because it was created by the same team.

The story follows a couple of incompetent police officers who find a teenage girl vomiting pea soup - like in The Exorcist . The bad news is that the demon can jump from body to body, so the cops spend the rest of the episode chasing various characters.

The good news is that the cops are reassigned to deal with the supernatural cases. Their Sergeant has his own Wall of Weird, but none of the other cops wanted to work on those cases. The casting department seems to have The X-Files in mind, as the cops are lookalikes of Mulder and Scully. They even make an on-screen comparison. A pity that show is from 1993, a quarter of a century ago.

Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 2] Cop Circles
Shown 18th July 2018

Somehow, some cows have been found stuck in tree-tops. Minogue and O'Leary, the local Mulder and Scully, are sent out to the farm to investigate.

It turns out that the local farmers are completely inbred. Either that or they are a bunch of pod people, like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers . Anyway, the cops have a typical case of genre-blindness.

There is a large crop circle in the maize field. This leads on to a parody of the Shyamalan movie Signs .

Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 3] 70s Ghosts AKA Things That Do The Bump In The Night
Shown 25th July 2018

The cops are called out to investigate a late-night noise complaint. Someone has been playing 1970s music in a house that has been vacant since 1977 ... when a bunch of people died in a house party.

The Sarge calls in a specialist, a professional Medium , to investigate the Poultergeists - or as the Kiwis call them, Party-Ghosts.

Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 4] The She-Wolf Of Kurimarama Street
Shown 1st August 2018

Minogue and O'Leary investigate when someone robs a pizza-delivery boy. The assailant is described as a large dog, wearing jeans. It turns out that something has been snatching local pets.

A young woman, assumed to be the victim of a werewolf, may actually be the perpetrator. Since the NZ police are politically correct, they describe the perp as a person-wolf.

Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 5] A Normal Night
Shown 8th August 2018

Minogue and O'Leary investigate some sightings of ghosts.

The Sarge mentions there are thirteen unsolved homicides in the city. Not that the ghosts are in any way linked to this, just that the police resources tend to be completely mis-allocated.

Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 6] Zombie Cops
Shown 15th August 2018

Minogue and O'Leary investigate an outbreak of zombie-itis. Unfortunately a pair of other cops are infected, and continue their police duties ... as zombies.

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    Season 2

    
    
    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 1] Taniwha
    Shown 16th October 2019

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate disappearances of people who were fishing on a certain beach. The Sarge tags along, as does an expendable officer named Parker.

    The maritime unit are also involved. Captain Quinn takes the cops out on his boat, which leads on to a story-telling session parodying the one in Jaws . The Sarge tells them the legend of the Taniwha, a species of enormous amphibious creatures that used to live in the area.

    The monster comes onto land, and leaves enormous footprints like Godzilla . By following the prints, the cops discover the victims are entombed alive - like in Aliens . Yes, there are quite a few references to monster movies this time.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 2] Fear The Briannas
    Shown 23rd October 2019

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate a shoplifting incident. Their suspects are wearing a school uniform, so the cops go to the local Girls School.

    The school's power trio is The Briannas, which may be a reference to Heathers. They started as the nerdy girl librarians, but they got real magical powers from a book in the witchcraft section of the library. Yes, just like Sunnydale High in Buffy The Vampire Slayer , the school library has a large emphasis on the paranormal.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 3] Mt. Victoria Hooters
    Shown 30th October 2019

    The cops investigate another ghost sighting. This turns out to be an undead police constable, with Victorian-era clothing who is apparently from the 1930s. Whatever period he is from, he is unhappy with the car-friendly police cap and the presence of female patrol officers. This lack of political correctness leaves O'Leary and Minogue stressed to the point that Sergeant Maaka offers to book them an appointment with the counselor.

    The idea of a ghost cop is actually a good one. After all, since Season One there has been at least one ghost criminal on the loose.

    The SPFX budget seems a lot bigger this Season, since the first few episodes have already been quite CGI intensive. That said, it is always well-used to support the story rather than just becoming spectacle over substance.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 4] Copy Cops
    Shown 6th November 2019

    A dead body has been discovered that bears an uncanny resemblence to Officer Minogue. He and O'Leary visit a small town to investigate, and end up trapped by an army of duplicate of themselves.

    Sergeant Maaka deduces that this is a sequel to the events of Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 1, Episode 2] Cop Circles, which was left open-ended like an episode of The X-Files .

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 5] Haunted Nissan
    Shown 13th November 2019

    The Paranormal unit have not had a special case in a few weeks, so they might get fired as a budget-saving measure. Also, Sergeant Maaka blew the budget when he bought a remote-control camera drone to replace them.

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate a stolen car. It turns out that the car is haunted by a former owner.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 6] Mobots
    Shown 20th November 2019

    Sergeant Maaka puts Minogue and O'Leary on a new case, investigating a series of thefts of obsolete technology. The cops visit O'Leary's mother, who lives in the neighbourhood, and we learn yet more about O'Leary's past.

    Decade-old flip-phones and other items are walking off by themselves. They combine to create a robot which has the voice of Jerome Clement ( Legion ).

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 2, Episode 7] Christmas Special
    Shown 19th December 2019

    The cops are called to a shopping mall. Instead of hiring a Santa for the Xmas season, the dyslexic manager accidentally summoned Satan.

    The other great Kiwi tradition at Xmas is the barbecue. Well, being in the southern hemisphere their December is mid-summer. Unfortunately this barbecue has a portal into another dimension, which sucks in all the meat.

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    Season 3

    
    
    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 1] Invisible Friend
    Shown 24th February 2021

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate an apparent burglary case. They discover that the intruder is an invisible monster, which uses its superhuman strength to elude capture. As well as Sergeant Maaka, they also get help from Parker the incompetent rookie.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 2] Te Maero (35 mins)
    Shown 3rd March 2021

    A video blogger goes camping, like in Blair Witch Project , and gets abducted by an unseen monster - like in Dog Soldiers . The cops team up with Anton the Park Ranger (Rhys Darby - What We Do in The Shadows ). Is the monster a werewolf ... not a swearwolf?

    The cops have to forage for food, and end up accidentally consuming magic mushrooms. They start to halucinate, which means that their encounter with the monster might be a case of The untruthful narrator ... Except for the fact that this is a Found Footage show.

    When they meet the Bigfoot, there is a joke reminiscent of an episode of Farscape when it becomes apparent that not everyone conforms to certain gender norms. In recent years that episode has been labeled as Transphobic, while in reality it is pro-trans because it illustrates the importance of respecting preferred pronouns.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 3] Fear Factory
    Shown 10th March 2021

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate incidents where people have witnessed their worst fears come to life. It turns out to be something to do with the Fear Factory, a bar that is themed around scaring people.

    The suspect is a shapeshifter who feeds on his victims' fear. Luckily the cops have a secret weapon - Parker, who is a complete coward.

    This is an O'Leary episode, bringing out her obsessive fear of disappointing her mother.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 4] The Sevens Ghosts
    Shown 17th March 2021

    A ghostly apparition starts to abduct average-looking men. It turns out that the apparitions are a group of sports fans who died en route to the big game. They are trying to locate the missing member of their group.

    This is a Minogue episode, bringing out his obsession with the Where's Walter books.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 5] The Revengers
    Shown 24th March 2021

    A meteorite crashes into a suburb of Wellington, and gives superpowers to the local Neighbourhood Watch. They then go around beating up petty criminals. Minogue and O'Leary must apprehend these vigilantes, before the Police Department are all rendered unemployed.

    Wellington Paranormal (2018) Wellington Paranormal (2018) [Season 3, Episode 6] Fatberg
    Shown 31 Mar 21

    Minogue and O'Leary investigate a missing persons case. It seems that a fatberg from local fast food restuarants has absorbed people, and is congealing them into a hive mind.

    Luckily, Parker confiscated some fireworks ... including a couple of bundles of TNT. Will this foreshadowing pay off?