SYNC: Episode Seven (2012)

I’m not particularly a fan of this episode. It seems all too stilted, underdeveloped, and somewhat not in “sync” (yeah sorry about that) with the other episodes. The singularity has spread – we get that – and the rogue virus agent Charlie shells are roaming, assumably terrorising or controlling the mainland while people scavenge for safety. But something is off putting, making the episode distant from the others, and appearing like a “filler” while the story is being finished.

The first quarter of the episode we are with Charlie (played by Tanner Thomason) and Yoshi (played by Krista Marie Yu) who are building trust with each other over why they should stick together, and Yoshi not leave or return to her original kidnappers. Yet the acting doesn’t cut it – yeah I’m going to be blunt. It seems forced, and unrehearsed. I know neither of these are true, but from watching both frontend and backend footage of the series, it looks like the line between character and actor is the same.

“What do you mean the line is the same“, I can hear you ask. Well there are numerous ways that an actor prepares themselves for a role, depending on the methodology they are taught, or learnt, but ultimately believe works. However the main objective is to have a character that is similar to the actor (not the same) who can feel undoubtably what the character feels. This is an emotion formed by the actor to fall in and out of. Notice there is a distinction between real life and acting – and that’s where I find this dialogue to fall.

Charlie and Yoshi aren’t portraying their character as we know them. We have to assume from previous episodes that we are still within the 48 hour block Charlie said he would find Yoshi. In that time she was screaming, kidnapped, and seen more dead people than a normal sixteen year old would have seen. Somehow they are fine with this. Somewhere in the mainland Yoshi’s parent, and her bullies are probably questioning what is going on – especially if an American has entered it throws revives a cocktail of past views to mind. Surely the authorities would be looking for Charlie, even if the “thugs” were to go to the authority and say he had kidnapped a girl I’m lead to believe their motorcycle wouldn’t hold up all too well.

But returning to the acting, and delivery, the characters seem to just read and not feel. It becomes frustrating to watch when you know how they should be feeling, but they aren’t showing. It just feels like a high school video, made for assessment, where the actors are your friends with no experience. It’s just inconsistent.

Although, when we leave the scene and enter into the boxing ring, boy are we having an analytical field day! It is metaphor orgasms EVERYWHERE!

It reveals a lot of information, while keeping the action low. The tension is fair, but could be stronger. I found the bowing match to be boring, even though you know it’s meant to be a real life amplification of the verbal argument. It’s just too cliché, and stilted. It felt like watching paint dry, only to become exciting when a piece of fluff floating through the air dips close to the paint and then narrowly misses, almost ruining the work. Yes, that’s my link to the magnetic strip in the arm of Dr. John Wyatt (played by Jai Koutrae).

It’s moments like this that make you jump off you seat and scream, “YES! OH MY! YEAH!” You realise that there is something more to the story than War of the Worlds or 2001: A Space Odyssey perspective from the artificial intelligence. You realise that there’s potentially a fully functional cyborg and the capabilities humans could have. But then the fighting stops, and the excitement is over. The wind blows away that piece of fluff, and the paint is still boring.