If there is any question as to whether web series can compete in quality to major motion pictures or broadcast television, SYNC is the answer.
This may sound like hyperbole, but SYNC is one of the best sci-fi web series I've ever seen.
The series chronicles the adventures of covert government agent Charlie Cooper, described by the official synopsis as the world's first "computerized human."
The result of a fringe-science, government program code-named SYNC, Charlie was a once human agent whose personality and intellect have been digitized. In addition, his physical body has been cloned multiple times.
If Charlie suffers a fatal injury, his entire personality is transferred into a new body or "shell," effectively making him almost immortal (fans of Battlestar Galactica will find this concept very familiar).
We witness Charlie's special ability in action during a spectacular action sequence that opens the series.
Filmed in high definition, the cinematography is razor sharp and crisp. The action sequences feature grade-A special and visual effects - just watch any of Charlie's personality transference scenes.
The script is also very smart, posing existential questions about identity, sentience, and the nature of humanity.
However, many independent web series succeed or flounder by the strength of the acting.
Fortunately SYNC also excels in this area.
The entire cast turns in fantastic performances. Tanner Thomason as Charlie gives real depth to what easily could have been a one-note character.
While you do believe he is a kickass government operative - dispatching opponents with precision and aplomb - his is presented as more than the strong, silent type.
Mr. Thomason imbues Charlie with a self-deprecating, wry sense of humor. In Charlie's private life, his vulnerability is exposed as he attempts to preserve the touchstone to his humanity: his relationship with the woman he loves.
In the years since SYNC’s release, the producers have re-edited the web series episodes into a full-length feature film. As of this update, Corridor Digital has removed the original episodic version from public viewing.
The good news is the feature film version is available online for free. Watch below…
SYNC is a prime example of how skilled, passionate filmmakers are increasingly flocking to the digital space to bring their visions to life.
In my book, that's a win-win for all of us.
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