"I remember, therefore I am."
Neibauer the web series is a perfect example of out-of-the-box storytelling one can usually expect from independent science fiction online.
Presented by SciFiRiot, the indie sci-fi YouTube channel, the project is a science fiction homage to film noir movies, such as the classic The Maltese Falcon.
Set in the year 2024, the titular protagonist Gene Neibauer is a "Post Mortem Detective."
By use of advanced technology, he has the ability to solve murders by "rebooting" recent homicide victims into the form of sophisticated holograms. He then accesses their recent memories to discover the identities of their killers.
As the first season opens, Neibauer is working on the case of dearly departed Arch Fletch.
Expecting Fletch's hologram a.k.a. FletchBOOT to immediately divulge the identity of his murderer, Neibauer is caught off-guard when the man only expresses concern for the safety of his mistress.
Sorry but revealing more details would spoil the plot. Suffice to say, the case takes unexpected turns which lead to a truly surprising conclusion.
Directed by Chris Chan Roberson, Neibauer most definitely has a classic film noir feel.
The series has many hallmarks of the genre, including:
- a hard-boiled, cynical protagonist
- an intelligent, no nonsense Girl Friday
- a case involving missing cash, a lovelorn man, betrayal, and a beautiful woman with secrets
- a gorgeous jazz soundtrack
What also gives the web series a distinctive look is the cinematography.
Shot entirely in beautiful black and white, you feel transported back to the early days of cinema when Bogart and Bergman ruled Hollywood.
Yet, the series is set firmly in the future, with crisp visual effects on frequent display to reinforce that fact.
To get a feel for this unique sci-fi web series, watch the complete premiere episode below:
To watch the rest of season one, Momento Ergo Sum, visit the ScifiRiot YouTube Channel:
Also, season two entitled Zapruder Threshold will premiere on ScifiRiot Thursday, August 22, 2013:
Don't miss this distinctive, stylish, sci-fi crime drama!
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