“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
In the 11 years since The X-Flies ceased production, no other genre show has tackled our cultural fascination with UFOs and alien abduction lore.
It's a subject notably missing from the current science fiction landscape on television.
RCVR is a 2011 sci-fi web series that capably takes on the mantle left behind by The X-Files.
The series follows government agent Luke Weber (Daniel Bonjour) with the fictitious Bureau of Information.
On the surface, Agent Weber's assignment seems to be to track down witnesses of reported UFO sightings to debunk them.
However, we quickly learn his true agenda is to cover up the government's knowledge of extraterrestrial visitation.
Not only that, Agent Weber and his colleague, Agent Sandy Bergson (Catherine Kresge), have also been tasked with tracking down "receivers" - select individuals used by aliens to effect change in our world.
Created, co-written and directed by David van Eyssen, RCVR is one of the best looking and well-executed web series I've ever seen.
It looks as if it belongs on television. Like The X-Files, the plot is steeped in UFO tradition.
The series tone is deliciously conspiratorial. Our government is attempting to suppress knowledge of the existence of aliens and UFOs. Why? To What end?
The visual effects are top notch too, and the entire cast turns in exceptional performances.
To date, the series pilot has over 1.4 million views on YouTube!
Watch the entire premiere episode below for a sampling of this project's pristine production value:
As of this writing, there have been six episodes produced. Despite its impressive showing, it's uncertain if a second season will ever be greenlighted.
To watch the entire series, please visit its official home on the YouTube channel Machinima Prime.
RCVR hearkens back to the glory days of The X-Files. I sincerely hope we see more of its fascinating, compelling world.
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