Every now and again I take a bit of a trawl around looking for a new web series to catch my eye, and honestly – not many do!! But I was instantly interested in Inhuman Condition from KindaTV. It plays on the massive popularity of the vampire/zombie/werewolf etc genre without actually having any action scenes or special effects.
Cleverly written, and exceptionally well acted, I was hooked from the first episode! One thing to note, if you are new to watching web series’, is that they are invariably made up of short episodes, which can run from anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes. This is due to the costs constraints of making something of a high enough quality to be watched comfortably. So even though a web series may have anything up to 30+ episodes in one season, all in all you may be looking at as little an hour, for a whole season (often a little more). Inhuman condition has 34 episodes, all of different lengths.
The premise is a simple one – “In a world where the supernatural is known but scorned, werewolves, “walkers” and beings with supernatural afflictions attempt to live normal lives in human society. Many are closeted. Few are accepted.”
The drama unfolds within the offices of therapist Dr. Michelle Kessler, and apart from the odd scene elsewhere, where each episode is based. There are just three clients we get to know a werewolf, a young woman with amazing super powers and another who appears to be afflicted as a “living dead”, not a zombie because she is not all “brains erghhhhh.
All three have a different story, and each episode focusses on a different character – at first their lives are totally separate, but as the season progresses, in fact a couple of them entwine, making for the main thrust of the story.
Each of the characters is pretty well rounded, and that is impressive, considering the time restrictions. The actors are all committed to their roles, giving impressive and convincing performances. I did wonder if some was improvised, there was sometimes a hint of it – nothing wrong at all with that, if there is – it’s not something everyone can do convincingly.
It is, of course, far fetched but that is, considering the subject matter, totally acceptable and expected. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but in more than one storyline, things take a turn you do not see coming.
The high production values add to the watch’ability of this web series, I am sure there is some very well written and acted stuff out there, which never gets the airing it deserves, because financial constraints limit the quality of the picture and sound making it almost unwatchable. By choosing not to try and have special effects which would have undoubtedly been unconvincing, the producers ensured that Inhuman Condition looks slick and contemporary.
An interesting, entertaining and engrossing watch – highly recommended.