Let me begin by stating Year Of The Snake (YOTS) is unlike any web series I've ever seen.
It gleefully defies convention, as well as any attempt to be categorized.
Superficially, it appears to be a satire of superhero story conventions, as well as vintage fish-out-of-water tv sitcoms like Perfect Strangers, Bosom Buddies, and Mork & Mindy.
However, it quickly morphs into a hurricane of utter narrative chaos - with periodic flashes of cunning social satire.
Written and directed by Nic Collins, YOTS is a nine episode web series about Snake (Patrick Lindhorst), a superpowered alien sent to earth to assassinate a human stoner designated only as "The Special," by a despotic galactic overlord known as "The Desolate One."
Snake befriends his mark instead.
Each episode of YOTS chronicles Snake's addled quest to understand the human experience with all its inherent complexity, weirdness, and vulnerability.
Over the course of its run, YOTS provides surprisingly astute social commentary on various issues, including:
- modern dating rituals, such as the use of apps like Tinder
- sexual objectification and harassment
- televangelists and religious fundamentalism
- stoner and "dudebro" cultural attitudes
- rote tropes used in superhero narratives
Watch this series teaser to get a peek inside the fevered world of YOTS ...
Year Of The Snake is definitely a strange, unique animal that forges a narrative far from the beaten path.
If you are looking for an excursion beyond the borders of typical genre fare, you will not be disappointed.
Watch all nine episodes of the web series on its official YouTube channel.
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