About The Show
FreakyLinks was a hour-long horror/comedy from the makers of ‘The Blair Witch Project’. It follows Derek Barnes as he scours the country for unusual events to put on the ‘FreakyLinks’ website originally run by his brother, Adam.
The back story is easy. Once upon a time, twin brothers Adam and Derek Barnes ran a website that examined the strange and unusual. Derek was an updated hippie for the nineties, a guy as loose and free as his twin is uptight and staid. Adam is the updated yuppie. Most flashbacks show him in suits and a tie, hair slicked back, the consummate professional. Fast forward a couple of years, and we see Derek picking up the pieces after his brothers untimely suicide (dealt with in episode one, ‘Fearsum’). He’s restarted the website with the help of Jason Tatum (Karim Prince) and Lan Williams (Lizette Carrión), and manages to convince licensed psychotherapist Chloe (Lisa Sheridan) to join along. The catch? Chloe was Adam’s girl, and there is a weird pseudo-sexual tension between the two at times.
The star of the series is, without a doubt, Ethan Embry. Only in his early twenties, Embry has managed to make himself known with a series of large and small roles in movies like Empire Records, National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation, and Can’t Hardly Wait, but ‘FreakyLinks’ is his first major television series (he’s had smaller roles before). He is undoubtedly the center of the show, but he isn’t the only former movie man to make it…Dennis Christopher (who plays the occasionally seen Vince Elsing) also has a long list of film and television to his credits (fans of horror films will remember him as the adult Eddie Kaspruk in Stephen King’s ‘It’). The three remaining central characters are all up-and-comings, with small roles to their names. Of the three, only Karim Prince has much television experience. He briefly played date rapist Raymond on CBS’ popular daytime sudser ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ after R&B singer Usher Raymond vacated the role.
The series almost saw a quick and painless death after being put on hiatus in November of 2000. The show hadn’t performed as well as hoped in the ratings, and for awhile, it was questionable that it would even return. The series finally came back to the lineup in January 2001, with lukewarm ratings. It seems there may not be room in the schedule for a series that combines the supernatural of ‘The X Files’ with the twenty-something angst of ‘American Pie’, the sardonic humor of ‘Roseanne’, and the music of the latest heavy metal and industrial indie bands.