Web Series Wednesday: Lights, Camera…Action
This Wednesday, let some action-packed web series pull you out of the mid-work week doldrums. Whether the characters in these series are robbing banks (poorly) or moving in and out of their various clones, they’ll take you on adventures you likely won’t be able to have at your day job.
Next week, we’re going to learn how to cook and do some other things around the house with the help of web series. If you can think of any that will provide this kind of expertise, feel free to send them over to [email protected].
Producer Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Universe” series offers a place for fans’ favorite action series to thrive when major studios (who have the rights to the franchises) lose interest. The latest “Bootleg” from Shankar revisits the “Power Rangers,” which started out as a popular kids’ series in the early 90s. Shankar’s gritty take on the super hero franchise offers a grown-up look at the world viewers originally saw as children, and it does it in style.
Rife with racial and cultural stereotypes, this laugh-inducing web series plays out like a graphic novel on speed. Starring Orlando Jones and Deanna Russo, this series on Machinima Prime follows a pregnant couple (well, only the female character is actually pregnant, as Jones’s character Barry makes sure to point out in episode one) trying to get money, illegally, to support their future child. The soundtrack is perfect, the comic-style images top notch.
Available on Dailymotion and its own website, “Clutch” starts off with a bang (literally, with a sex worker being shot). This is soon followed up by more shots and more sex workers, all coming together to suck you into a plotline that reveals itself slowly but fast enough to keep you interested in a series divided up into roughly seven-minute installments. It also won for best action web series at the 2014 Miami WebFest.
Now finished with its third and final season, RocketJump’s “Video Game High School” exemplifies a successful web series on YouTube. Targeting gamers and pretty much anyone who had a high school experience, the series has its share of underdogs, heroes, and nemeses amongst a group of teenagers who are really, really good at video games. Special effects look amazing and big YouTube personalities abound.
Another web series that starts off with people shooting each other, “Sync” packs twist after twist into episode one. Drug cartels, human trafficking, and some sci-fi cloning business spell out serious action in episode one. Corridor Digital directed the series that follows a mysterious hero with a double life—one domestic and tame (and not very convincing), the other bloody and dangerous. Guess which one’s more interesting here? Above that, the premise is surprisingly original, and the show is fun to watch.