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SurrealEstate Preview: “Truth in Advertising” 

SurrealEstate Preview: “Truth in Advertising”

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Now that The Roman Agency has Luke back at the helm, the crew divide and conquer to tag team two cases this week. For Luke and Zooey, it’s a Ghost Hunters-type adventure as they backchannel an actual ghost while paranormal investigator Kit Rampart (guest star Brian Marler) films their listing for his TV show, Spirit Stalkers: Paranormal PI.

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Susan and Augie head out to an oceanfront bed and breakfast where a weekly screamfest erupts every Saturday, sending guests fleeing into the night. It gives them a chance to bond over the love of home, something Susan is in the early throes of with her (hella creepy) smart house. That intersects with the B&B owners who love their home and don’t want to leave, and the reveal of exactly who is returning every weekend. Father Phil runs point between both clients, gathering intel and getting a fanboy moment of his own when he meets a historical author who’s as much of a researcher as he is.

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Luke and Kit come to an understanding as each demarcates where their role begins and ends, until they, too, bond over the supernatural gifts they once had that have now receded, taking a more pragmatic approach to their work. That is until they each get a glimpse of the connection that’s been eluding them.

Producing Danishka Esterhazy directs a script by Thomas Pepper, and when we spoke last week, she talked about getting to film a show within a show. “I love this episode. I’m also a fan of Ghost Hunters, and I love all these shows where people investigate the paranormal. Yes, we’re generally mocking them, but I I’m also a fan. So hopefully we’re mocking them with some kindness,” she says.

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“I love Spirit Stalkers. The whole time we were making that episode, I kept saying, ‘We need a spinoff about Spirit Stalkers. We need to follow Kit and his team for a whole episode because they’re so fun. And Brian Marler, who plays Kit, is so hysterical. He’s such an amazing foil for Luke. He’s everything that Luke could be, that would be Luke’s nightmare. Brian and Tim played off each other is so brilliant. I loved all their scenes together. It is a really fun episode.”

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Both arcs continue the thread of bringing every haunting back to something hopeful, and a sense of closure that’s heartfelt and satisfying. Esterhazy credits series creator and showrunner George R. Olson and series star Tim Rozon for imbuing the show with that energy. “That is very intentional. And a lot of it is coming from George. He is somebody who believes in hope, who believes in redemption, and he always wants the stories to have a lot of heart,” she explains.

“They’re silly and they’re scary, but he always wants them to be talking about really important emotional issues like love loss, family mistakes, all the unfinished business that our show deals with that is the cause of these hauntings. He makes sure that every episode touches some place really true and really hopeful.”

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“And then it also comes from Tim. He is the most positive, warm, gentlemanly an actor you’re ever gonna meet. And he brings so much heart to every character that he plays, and that really shines through.”

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“I think if we didn’t have Tim … Luke could be a hard job to play. He’s an interesting character. In Season 1, he is very enigmatic, and in Season 2, he’s very difficult. But you give that role to somebody like Tim, and he just makes that character so full of warmth.”

SurrealEstate airs Wednesdays at 10 pm/9c on Syfy in the US and CTV Sci-Fi and Crave in Canada. ICYMI, our preview for the premiere, the first part of our interview with Danishka Esterhazy, and all our Season 1 coverage is here. Here’s a preview of “Truth in Advertising.”

Photos courtesy of Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/Syfy.

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