March 3, 2011

Web Series REVISITED - "Oh, Inverted World"

Created by Terence Krey

The Story: Mina, a misanthropic college grad returns home along with her three bearded best friends only to find out that...it sucks. As Mina and the Bearded Three try to cope with the monotony of being home and the fear of what to do next, a strange woman, Selene, comes to them with an even stranger prophecy: The Moon is going to fall into the Earth. And let’s not forget the dead rising, time rifts and people turning to dust. Our twenty-somethings are in for quite a ride, all the while worrying whether or not they should even care…

Catching Up: When I reviewed “Oh, Inverted World” way back in January, there had been just five episodes aired out of the proposed thirteen. I was generally very fond of the concept, where a group of college grads return to their hometown to find that everything is just as mundane as when they had left it – plus a prophecy of the moon falling to earth, the dead rising and the end of the world. Its tone is dry, yet very quirky, reminiscent of any average twenty-something’s life…minus the whole apocalypse thing. Its lead actress, Pamela Bell, who plays Mina, was carrying a show that was relying mostly on an impending something.

Don’t get me wrong – this web show is great. Its oddball, dry humor is great. It makes you feel that, even though this is anytown, USA, this is a place that seems very otherworldly. The townies, the streets, everything has a vibe that we are not on this plain of existence anymore. And for that, I love it, and kept me going through the entire season.

The episodes that followed after my review left me wondering what the heck was going to happen. We were presented with this prophecy, and nothing was being done about it. Sure, zombies were walking around, but they just acted like everyone else. Sure, there was the sensation that some crazy stuff was about to happen, but it didn’t. What we did get were Mina and her “Bearded Three” best friends coping with life back home – attempting to find a job, dealing with flames of the past and present, and returning to a world that they did not want to go back to in the first place. I was worried that was all we would get. I was thankfully mistaken.

 Thanks to creator (and member of the bearded trio) Terence Krey, I had a chance to screen the last two episodes before their release in the next two weeks. Including the final episodes, the last five episodes really take the series to a whole new level. The waiting for these slackers to actually do something about saving the world becomes a reality. Selene, the soothsayer who revealed the moon falling to earth, returns to make sure the bearded three complete their task. In turn, Mina and her bearded friends have difficulties coping with their destiny (there’s nothing better than droll heroes caught in a scenario way beyond their capabilities). The zombies rising from the dead actually have a purpose. A particular love interest for Mina is not all he says he is. Every moment of the latter half of this series is filled with twists and pivots in storyline that are not to be missed. I really don’t want to spoil the ending for you guys, but it is most definitely worth checking out. But, with the ending, I am here to tell you, right here, right now, that “Oh, Inverted World” is definitely the show to check out for anyone who is a fan of George Romero mixed with some Douglas Adams and a dash of Kevin Smith.

The current eleven episodes can be viewed on their web site at www.ohinvertedseries.com, along with promo photos, character/cast/crew bios, merchandise and more. As well, you can fan them up on Facebook and Twitter.


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