SYNC: Episode One (2012)

Shall we begin? How the heck are these two guys (Sam and Niko) not getting funded, publicised, and worshipped? This is one of the most tightly scripted pilot episodes for a web series I have seen, and reminds me quite fondly of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing in terms of no room for error.

It begins with what seems like a passed out body in the passenger seat, and it’s reveal is executed quite well to set up the remainder of the series. Shells seem to be the “disposable body” that these agents can use to extract information, and then switch into another shell and preform the kill. It’s clever, yet makes you wonder if this is going to be a “win always” for the good guys.

I believe this episode is intended to draw you in with the spectacle rather than story considering the lack of dialogue. Furthermore, the fact that the villain is presumed permanently dead – questionably he may have a shell too – its intention is to setup the main character, his line of work, and the level of technology available.

Kudos to the make up artist on Carlos Ruiz (played by Carlos Ciurlizza), as it isn’t a crusty explosion look, but honestly looks like this is something fresh, and recent, or just need a lot of vaseline to make sure he doesn’t bleed. I must admit, in my initial viewing of the make up I was disappointed that it wasn’t the stereotypical “crater face” but retrospectively this option make it that extra bit authentic, and evident on the attention to detail.

The action is timed nicely, and the balance between gun and hand combat is pristine. You know that, even though it may be quicker (especially the level of combat Charlie Cooper has – played by Tanner Thomason) to shoot down the villain, other means to do the damage is just as effective and not simply used to add time.

Some drawbacks, the length. It’s seriously too short to make me contain my geeky excitement. While the episode airing is ridiculously too long – one month apart. But besides the petty – and most likely necessary drawbacks – my major gripe is the representation of Zoe LaPerrier (played by Kelly Walker) who though is seventeen years of age, probably wouldn’t be asking for her phone over “who are you” considering we don’t know if they’ve met before, and what’s happened to her while under capture. Her demeanour is just too childish for appearance, but somehow leaving her locked in the boot of the car makes all characterisation forgiven.

I look forward to future episodes, though the lengthly wait between.