Re-Election is the story of a mayoral campaign staffer and her team stuck in a time loop - on election day.
Think the movie Groundhog Day set in the political framework of The West Wing.
Though time loops are a common trope in sci-fi, this plot device can still pack a dramatic punch when executed well.
Thank God Re-Election is such an example.
Created by director/producer Paul Karpenko, the series opens on the morning of election day for incumbent Mayor Sandy Reynolds.
Jamie, an analyst for the Reynolds campaign, awakens in the office to her apathetic colleagues' predictions that the Mayor will be re-elected.
However, as the polls close at the end of the day, everyone is shocked to learn the Mayor loses in a landslide to her opponent.
Shortly after the final votes are tallied, Jamie is thrown into a time loop where she is forced relive the day over and over.
Gradually she realizes she can effect changes in events within the loop, and becomes convinced the way to break free is to ensure the Mayor wins the election.
As Jamie begins her own personal campaign to reverse the election's outcome, she also awakens her co-workers to the reality of the time loop.
It quickly becomes evident the idealistic Jamie must rally the entire office to aid her in changing the election's outcome.
But how far will she and her colleagues go, and what will their new choices cost them?
Re-Election works mainly due to the superb performances from the principal cast - all of which have terrific chemistry onscreen.
The actors - especially series lead Amber Rivera - inhabit their roles so convincingly, you feel you are eavesdropping on the private conversations and dealings of a campaign office in turmoil.
The series dynamism can also be credited to the sharp script, dialogue, and the intimate cinematography.
Watch the complete pilot episode here ...
Currently, five of the planned eight episodes have been released for viewing via the show's official YouTube channel Re-Election: The Web Series.
The producers recently conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the series.
Re-Election is an outstanding example of intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi that relies on the power of ideas and relationships - instead of visual effects - to tell a compelling story.
I definitely cast my vote in favor of this extremely well done series.
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