And here we are, Under the Radar’s first TV spotlight! Let’s get to it.
It’s always sad when a good show dies a premature death due to network mismanagement. Fox has a particularly bad habit of doing this with its horror and science-fiction shows (just ask any Brown Coat), and FreakyLinks is but one of many on the long list of casualties.
The show follows Derek Barnes, an employee of his brother, Adam’s, website, OccultResearch.com. Receiving an urgent call from his brother during an assignment, Derek returns to find him with his wrists slit in his bathtub. Choosing to continue the site as a way to honor Adam’s memory (after changing the URL to the show’s title), Derek quickly learns there’s more to his brother’s death than meets the eye.
Developed by the same production company that created The Blair Witch Project, each episode of FreakyLinks is a combination of traditional filming and handheld footage, the latter of which actually blends in pretty well (for the most part). The series has something of an X-Files format where the cast investigates a new bizarre story each week, with tidbits regarding what happened to Derek’s brother delivered only periodically. The lead, Ethan Embry, plays Derek with a boyish, slightly spastic energy that makes for a likable main character. The members of the supporting cast are diverse and play off each other well, offering a good dose of humor to the show. About its only faults are the dated concepts of technology and the ridiculous travel budget the website seems to have. But those are quibbles.
Overall, FreakyLinks has a vibe similar to the more tongue in cheek episodes of The X-Files. While it occasionally strays into darker territory, the show always strives to be as fun as it is creepy. I really don’t know how I missed FreakyLinks when it was on. Now, I just sorely wish it had lasted far longer than its thirteen episode run.