Are we being visited by intelligent life from other planets? If so, what do they want from us?
The phenomenon of UFOs (unidentified flying objects) - as well as alleged accounts of those claiming to have been abducted by alien beings - have been a controversial and very sensational part of our cultural zeitgeist for decades.
Maybe this is because these compelling, often frightening accounts are predicated on one of the most fundamental questions humanity has asked - Are we alone in the universe?
Milgram And The Fastwalkers is a sci-fi drama about the victims of abduction by beings in UFOs.
Fastwalkers is a term coined by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and is defined as "any unidentified flying objects which enter or leave the earth's atmosphere at great velocity."
The series centers on Dr. Daniel Milgram, a prominent psychiatrist whose research into the psychological and physical traumas of alien abductees is celebrated with great renown.
Dr. Milgram is drawn ever deeper into a dark conspiracy when he begins to treat his newest patient, Sally Lemm, a high-powered attorney whose life is thrown into upheaval due to her chronic encounters with aliens.
What do these beings want with Sally, and why does she seem to be a pivotal piece of their unfathomable agenda?
Created, written and directed by series star Richard Cutting, Milgram And The Fastwalkers is a cerebral drama that focuses more on the interpersonal relationships of its players, and how these otherworldly events influence their lives.
This series is smartly written and extremely well acted.
Mr. Cutting, who was part of the cast of another favorite project, the fantasy web series The Broken Continent, is a magnetic actor completely convincing as the brilliant, yet emotionally distant Daniel Milgram.
Cutting's charisma and presence make Milgram a flawed, yet fascinating character to watch.
Witnessing his troubled marriage to his wife Evelyn Milgram - portrayed with emotional brilliance by Kate Revelle - slowly disintegrate as a result of his professional tunnel vision grounds the project in gritty realism, which helps make the more fantastical aspects of the series more impactful.
The other series MVP is Walker Hays who gives a captivating performance as attorney Sally Lemm, a woman fighting for her sanity after suffering years of post-traumatic stress due to her alien encounters.
Sally is confident, intelligent, vulnerable and determined.
You definitely root for her as she seeks answers for what has been happening to her.
Fastwalkers is not only well written and acted, but also exquisitely shot.
In his directing duties, Mr. Cutting makes full use of scenic Boston and New York vistas.
My only complaint with the project is its pacing.
Season one is concerned with introducing the characters and their relationships to each other, while slowly expanding upon the UFO mystery.
This slow-burn approach is fine, but subplots concerning the office politics of the health institute where Dr. Milgram is in residence seem superfluous, and bogs down the narrative flow.
However, the show's second season rectifies many of these pacing issues by:
- focusing more on the aliens' activities on Earth
- revealing how the lives of key players are being affected by the aliens' presence (watch out for scenes featuring the alien abductee support group - riveting!)
- keeping the series' emotional core intact
Check out the complete pilot episode below ...
Milgram And The Fastwalkers is a compelling, smart, well-crafted web series that brings the fascinating mysteries of UFOs and alien abductions to vivid life.
To watch all available episodes, and to find out more about the production, visit the series official web site www.Fastwalkerseries.com
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