Tempus Investigations: A Fictional TV Show

Claus Holm,
Narrator: Neil Hellegers

PARANORMAL:  Former Chicago PD detective Jim Corrigan "died" in 1933 only to discover he is an immortal who can communicate with spirits. In present day San Francisco, he's a private investigator and occasional consultant to the SFPD on cases with a distinct supernatural taint to them. In episode 1, with the help of his sidekick Mercedes, he tracks down a brutal killer with an angel complex who will force Jim to confront some truths about himself. In episode 2, the annihilation of an entire family leads back to a case Jim investigated nearly a hundred years ago. The third and fourth episodes are mysterious, and light-hearted, with time travel and teleporting thrown in, while still testing Jim's powers and sense of purpose. Through these investigations, the team grows with a quirky "cast" that pushes Jim from the loner he starts out to be to a mentor and team leader.

Fans of Jim Butcher's “Dresden Files” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will enjoy this unique take on the supernatural P.I. Each episode is a self-contained story divided into about ten chapters. Jim Corrigan is appealing as the loner P.I. who gradually collects a band of fellow misfits who are loyal to one another. The descriptions of the murders in the first two episodes may be disturbing for some, but the latter two episodes are lighter and the final episode ends with a nice twist. 

Neil Hellegers is perfect as the chain-smoking Jim, who has seen more than enough of life. Mr. Hellegers is particularly adept at pacing the story. His female voices could use more differentiation. Nonetheless, it is to be hoped that Mr. Hellegers headlines a second season for this TV series that has yet to be made.

Tricia Hill