SYNC: Episode Nine (2012)
A little comedy, seriousness, and love. The perfect formula to a mini story within a larger arc of the series.
It is becoming somewhat difficult to keep track of the story time compared to real life time, where you’re expecting to be two weeks in the story rather than still three weeks ago, and only 24 hours into the future of the character’s world. But I think this is still something that needs to be addressed in the aspect of web series rather than SYNC’s making.
Walking into the SYNC HQ and the guards all battered and bruised is a little serious on the first watch – especially considering to the above notion on time. I immediately thought they (HQ) had been ransacked to find Charlie and the girl, Yoshi. However, incase you didn’t put two and two together, it was Charlie’s prior fight that was the cause.
If you stop for the moment and literally see the damage, it becomes apparent how much of a difference person Charlie is. This is possibly one of the hardest (and least explored) aspect that the series has tried to sell. Charlie looks human, acts human, and yet he has multiple copies each with a different physical level, and possibly not verbatim to all the others.
This led me to hypothesise about Dr. John Wyatt (played by Jai Koutrae) and his magnetic strip on his arm. It is understood he is part artificial, but with the recent talks about his prior work by Agent Barney Griggs (played by Jude Lanston) that he too could be apart of this shell phenomena. I can’t really place pure examples on it, but the case would be very likely in terms of usual villain structures.
Villain can’t find a subject and practises on themselves, or is accidentally infected to become mutant. My view would be that Dr. Wyatt, after Agent Griggs was fired from Dynamic Element Wyatt would have been abandoned with the project and continued the work by himself, on himself.
Yet, that being quite the excitement to the story, and only a possibility in the character’s world, my favourite and reoccurring favourite part is where Charlie gets to say goodbye to his fiancée/girlfriend, Reece (played by Lauren Plaxco). Their chemistry is cute, and that’s where it should be. There’s no, “I’ll miss you,” or “I’ll wait for you,” but rather general talk of the future that you hear from people who actually don’t know how their life will pan out.
They’re the most human in this environment, and I’m not sure if that’s testament to their portrayal, or a downfall to the other character’s world who just aren’t selling their environment. I’m going with the first aspect, but will be keeping eye out for other attempts to sell me to their world.
You can feel the battle ahead.