One of my biggest frustrations in my work is the prevalent misconception that web series lack the quality, value, and legitimacy of other entertainment media.
So when exceptional projects like KindaTV's science fiction web series INHUMAN CONDITION debuts, my faith is renewed in the medium's prospects for gaining the respect, attention, and consideration it deserves.
Created and written by RJ Lackie, INHUMAN CONDITION is a serialized supernatural drama set in an alternate world where werewolves, zombies, vampires, and other paranormal beings not only exist, but are also known by the general public.
Because of the world's knowledge of their existence, the paranormal community is ostracized - with many of its members opting to remain closeted.
The web series centers on Dr. Michelle Kessler (Torri Higginson, Stargate Atlantis), an accomplished therapist who is treating the psychological traumas of three paranormal beings:
- Tamar (Cara Gee) An emotionally fragile young woman whose mysterious powers pose a danger to the world around her
- Clara (Clara Pasieka) A alienated girl who is coping with her inexorable transformation into a zombie
- Linc (Thomas Olajide) An enraged, cynical werewolf fighting against the systemic oppression of his people by any means necessary
As Dr. Kessler attempts to help each of her patients gain emotional stability by exploring the fraught nature of the human condition, she also must come to terms with her own complicated personal history.
Personal danger is another very real threat to the doctor, as she often finds herself in the crosshairs between her patients' unpredictable natures and the consternation of the society they all live in.
Altogether, INHUMAN CONDITION is a singular viewing experience.
The bulk of the series is comprised of therapy sessions between Dr. Kessler and her patients. These scenes are where the show really shines due to extraordinary writing by Lackie, combined with brilliant cast performances.
Torri Higginson exudes empathy, compassion, keen intelligence, and vulnerability as the dedicated Dr. Kessler.
Thomas Olajide gives a winning performance as the fiery Linc, a werewolf who is desperately seeking a hopeful future for his people and himself.
Clara Pasieka infuses her character of Clara Walker with a despondent restlessness that is fascinating to watch.
Cara Gee is a revelation. Her performance is both captivating and heartbreaking as the demure, tormented Tamar.
Among the other notable cast members is Robin Dunne (Sanctuary, After). A genre favorite, Dunne delivers as Tamar's caring handler Graham - a man whose growing feelings for his charge could prove devastating to the world.
Watch actor Cara Gee (Tamar) reveal what attracted her to the series:
See the intriguing series trailer ...
View the pilot episode of INHUMAN CONDITION here ...
All current episodes of the web series are available for viewing on its official home on YouTube.
Elevated by superb acting, direction, writing, and overall production value, INHUMAN CONDITION exemplifies the kind of riveting storytelling possible with web series.
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