In Interrogator, the latest animated awesomeness from Story Forge on Warhammer TV, Jurgen is an interrogator, a psyker who uses his powers to read people’s (dead or alive) memories. Well, he used to be. When Inquisitor Bellena died, Jurgen lost his job, his position, and his way. Full of regrets, guilt, grit, and a need to close the case of Bellena’s betrayal and murder, Jurgen is an engaging morally grey character driving a SF noir detective style story that absolutely nails what I was hoping for when I purchased the Warhammer TV annual subscription.
Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Jurgen is an addict, and when the local crime gang finds him after he rolls one of their dealers, he is thrown from simple self-destruction into a bloody ride of action and bitterness. The introduction of one of his old teammates, Baldur, helps us understand Jurgen’s past and provides some context for how, while the Imperium accepts psykers when they are useful, they are generally reviled. The peeling back of the layers of story through Jurgen’s ability to read people’s experiences through touch is awesome. It allows you to piece together the present and the past, and the emotional damage that drives Jurgen’s destructive ways as he kills his way to answers… answers he may not actually want.
Interrogator has a story telling and visual approach that very much reminds me of the Sin City franchise. The team at Story Forge absolutely fucking nails the SF noir feel. The inner voice is perfectly written, and the delivery by Phillip Sacramento just has grit by the shovel load. I just have to keep saying it: Interrogator is fucking perfect.
The Story Forge name actually brings me to my one pet peeve about Games Workshop’s approach to acknowledging the creators behind the series on Warhammer TV. They don’t. I think it’s incredibly poor treatment of their writers. They also don’t acknowledge the sound effects, voice acting, or visual teams (I found the voice actors but not much else on IMDB). It’s the equivalent of me removing every author, artist and designer name from our anthologies and magazine issues and saying, “Created by Grimdark Magazine”.
Getting back off my high horse and back to Interrogator–I cannot recommend watching it enough. In the way that Astartes is the perfect representation of the space marines’ awesomness, Interrogator is the perfect representation of the low level inquisition agents dealing with the horrors of their existence.