Web Series Wednesday: To Solve or Psychoanalyze

/ Jan 21, 2015


This web series Wednesday, we’re presenting you with some mysteries…whether they involve unraveling the psyches of unstable movie characters and famous composers, solving a who-dunnit type of murder, or plowing through a mid-life crisis, they should all prove absorbing enough to get to the bottom of.

Since next week is the Super Bowl, we’re going to pick some sports series to showcase. If you know of any good ones, please feel free to send them over to [email protected].

Scandalous Overtures

Narrated by composer/historian Dr. Robert Greenberg, this series delves into mysteries you probably didn’t even know were worth exploring. Trust me, they are. History buffs, musicians, music lovers, and gossip fans (does that cover about everyone?) will enjoy these “scandalous” stories of famous composers, from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven. Though Greenberg has the propensity to narrate a bit slowly, his painstaking manner helps get the story across clearly, with the aid of some humorous graphics. Go to Ora TV for full episodes, but you can watch the trailer here:

Psych of a Psycho

The predictable next step for Candice DeLong, who narrates the documentary-style crime show “Deadly Women,” this Vanity Fair web series offers up analysis on some of audience’s most beloved fictional “crazies” (let’s call ‘em that). Only the first episode is out thus far on Vanity Fair’s YouTube channel, in which DeLong characterizes Michael Corleone of “The Godfather” as a psycopath. If you can kind of take it as a joke, the episode is certainly fun to watch, and it’ll be interesting to see what sorts of mental illnesses/personality disorders DeLong comes up with for future subjects, such as Frank Underwood from “House of Cards” and Amy Dunne from “Gone Girl.”

The Life Coach

You may very not think this show is going to be good, worth watching, or funny if you don’t sit through the end of the second episode (they’re short), at which point it proves to you that it’s actually all of those things. The “life coach” here reveals just how phony of a position she has in a total deadpan expression while somehow duping her clients (probably because of her deadpan expression). The clients are good caricatures but the best part is the attributes they bring out in the life coach.

Curtain Call

This web series on Vimeo will intrigue you from short episode number one (the rising of the curtain). It opens with what seems to be a straightforward murder but quickly unravels into something more complex…or else there wouldn’t be 17 episodes. As a murder mystery, it knows just how to bring you into the detective’s fold as a fellow crime solver without giving away too much information and leaving you bored. The music is also worth noting, singing included.

Red Scare

First of all, the costumes, hair, and makeup are great in this series set in a 1950s bomb shelter. So is the eerie, greenish lighting cast over each scene. It’s a smart place to choose as a set because it doesn’t take much for a bomb shelter to convincingly look like a bomb shelter. “Red Scare” has the perfect set-up for a murder mystery, presenting a cast of odd, highly stereotypical characters and killing one of them off, in the night, in the first episode. Who dunnit?!? By the way, the killer is a vampire, which is almost as scary as if she/he were a communist…according to the characters. You can watch the series here.

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