Web Series Wednesday: Learn Something or Let Your Brain Relax
This Wednesday, we’ve been watching a mix of educational content and narrative “drama” (consider the word used loosely). From series sent our way to recent releases, the following five shows have something to offer in terms of knowledge, entertainment, and quality filming. Check out the shows below, and you’ll probably come across something you like. If not, you can always email us with tips about web series worth watching at [email protected].
“It’s Okay to Be Smart” might have a slightly overbearing title, but the content sheds any “lame” inclinations the show might seem to have at second one. High quality production and a nerdy-but-kinda-admittedly-cool scientist host makes this show like the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” of the web. From sharks to trees, “It’s Okay to Be Smart” uses engaging graphics and intriguing facts to make viewers feel like, yeah, it is okay to be smart.
A welcome change from the often light-hearted, garden-variety web series, Machinima’s “Chop Shop” takes place on prison grounds and in gang territory on the LA streets. Episodes run about 22 minutes long, meaning the show was most likely originally angled for television, but the writing isn’t quite finessed enough to impress TV network execs. However, you’ll nonetheless find yourself sucked into the series, which has a long-form and complex (read: there are lots of characters) narrative plot, making it unique in terms of style, content, and format.
This is the super hero series we’ve all been waiting for. Bringing the genre back down to reality, “Antiheroes” features debt collectors who gain powers that they can’t quite be bothered to use in any constructive way. Brought to you by Cracked Studios, the show is genuinely clever, and though you won’t particularly like the characters, you’ll probably empathize with their plight. They deal with the onset of powers like invisibility and mind reading in the way that people not accustomed to having super powers would—like it’s exciting but mostly weird and honestly kind of a burden.