Web Series Wednesday: From Playboy to the Apocalypse
This web series Wednesday will transport you to the future and whip you back to the past with shows that cover time travel through texts and the (fictional) story of a Mexican immigrant back in the 70’s. Playboy also appears on the list with a video that emanates nostalgia, and the apocalypse shows up to remind us of what the future might (not) hold…
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The gravity with which the main characters makes some utterly ridiculous statements in episode one sets the scene for a series that’s going to subvert your expectations…somehow. The comedy follows Felipe Fernando Fernandez through his experience as an immigrant to the US. Using humor to comment on that experience, “Masa & The Power” switches seamlessly back and forth between Spanish and English speech and subtitles in telling a story that’s both ludicrous and stupidly insightful.
Similar to Filipe’s deadpan attitude in “Masa & The Power,” the main characters in CC Studio’s “New Timers” fail to respond as expected to their surroundings as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world marked by broken electrical wires and small, ever-burning street fires. Matt and Charlie remain nonchalant in spite of it all, bantering in a way that would feel redundant (their relationship’s certainly been done before) but doesn’t because the show’s set at the end of the world. Small touches like the guys using money to clean their floors also provide an interesting take on what might happen in the event of total chaos.
This Hulu series boasts a great cast and a fresh concept. In it, the lead character, played by Shiri Appleby, starts receiving mysterious texts providing relationship advice from an unknown number…which turns out to be herself, in the future. Seeing how that unravels into plot points makes the web series worth watching. I mean, since I’d potentially want advice messages from my future self, it makes sense to want to look at how someone else might handle it, first.
The acting here may be a little stilted, but the conversation isn’t. In “Dog Park,” a web series named after a fictional, gay dating app, the characters bring you into their stories with flashback-filled discussions about the gay dating world in New York City. There’s only a pilot so far, since the show still seeks crowdfunding, but the gay men you’ll meet in episode one definitely offer promise in terms of developing action (you can take “action” to signify sex here, too).
So far, there’s only one of what this series promises will be multiple short films created for Playboy by Patrick Scott. Whether you’re a fan of Heff’s sex empire or not, this short is undeniably high quality. It’s cute, precise, lively, and, above all, it’s art. That’s about what you’d expect from Zoochosis, which plans to release further “Playboy Sweet Spots” over the next few Thursdays. The trailer for the series is also available if you want more of an idea of what’s to come.