Back in the Halcyon days of yore, 2007, the world was a much different place. A time where if you said you were ‘tweeting,’ folks thought you were taking drugs, people still used MySpace, and no one had ever heard of Lady Gaga. Also in the year twenty-o-seven, web series were going strong. The smash hit, lonelygirl15 and its companion spin-off KateModern were performing well, sponsors were flocking to the new media, and a little show called The Guild was prepping for its summer launch. However, but for a few select shows, web series faced a difficult task in gaining wide spread attention. Therefore, today we want to introduce a sample of some of the web series you may have missed.
Dirty Bomb Diaries
Dirty Bomb Diaries is the story of Misty, an attractive young girl who recently moved into a new apartment in the city. Shortly thereafter, a dirty bomb explodes, crippling the city and leaving the survivors scampering to claim the dwindling resources. Misty continues to vlog throughout the ordeal, at first to record what has happened, but as the situation becomes more desperate, it becomes the means of maintaining her sanity.
Often described as lonelygirl15 with an A-bomb, Dirty Bomb Diaries is arguably the best-known series on this list. Produced on a shoestring budget, the series reportedly only cost $600 dollars, it nevertheless, featured first rate production values and performances from series star, Misty Van Cleave and future Tyranny creator, John Beck Hofmann. The first season consisted of 16 episodes. The producers announced a second season on The Web.Files; however, so far there is no news on whether or not it will go into production.
Satacracy 88 opens with its lead character, Angela, going through the motions of her average ordinary life. However, once she decides to cease taking her mysterious red pill things quickly spiral out of control as the audience quickly learns that there is more to her than meets the eye. Compelled by her new boss to take on a mission that draws her back into her old life, a life that she does not remember, Angela must confront her past as well as the enigmatic Satacracy.
Satacracy 88 was the winner of the first and last Emmy for Outstanding Broadband Drama besting the Eisner backed Prom Queen and Sam Has Seven Friends. Inspired by the classic children’s lit series Choose Your Own Adventure, each episode ends with a cliff-hanger and a decision for the audience to make, which affects the characters actions, decisions, and the ultimate outcome. Of course, since the series has concluded, current viewers are only able to watch the story unfold without influencing the outcome. The series boasts impressive production values and editing even if the performances along with the fight sequences at times fall a little flat.
Starlet is the story of the All-American Southern belle, who leaves her family farm with her brawny lad boy friend for the big city of LA and her dreams of Hollywood stardom. Watching the doe-eyed Lila say her farewells to her poor widowed father before hopping in her boy friend’s pickup truck, honestly, the whole scene looks straight out of a country-western song, fills one with gooey delight, which is completely replaced with a different feeling when she goes down on the first agent she meets.
Starlet takes the cliché of the aggressive Hollywood wanna-be willing to sleep her way to the top and turns the volume up to nine. Over the top and completely cheesy, the show embraces its absurdity with a wink and a nod to the audience. The show starts a bit slowly, so I recommend watching at least the first two episodes before forming an opinion. Furthermore, the series contains only ten episodes, which fly by rather quickly. Obviously, Starlet contains adult language and situations, so kiddies get your parent’s permission before watching.
Afterworld is the story of Russell Shoemaker who wakes up one morning in Manhattan to learn that most of the world’s population is gone, although, oddly enough, there is still a line at Starbucks. Realizing that over 99% of the world’s population disappeared over night and that all technology has ceased functioning, Russell sets out on a cross-country journey to Seattle on the slim hope that his wife and daughter are still alive.
Created by Electronic Farm Entertainment with an estimated $3 million dollar budget, the animated series contains a staggering 130 episodes, each two to three minutes in length. The animation, which largely consists of a series of digitally created photographs, is more reminiscent of a motion comic than traditional animation. All in all, Afterworld is a unique series worth checking out.