Web Series Review: Brains

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Just in time for Halloween, there is a new season of Brains being uploaded to YouTube.

As you can imagine from the title, there are zombies involved, but not in the way you might expect.

For those who have yet to see an episode, the series follows Alison, a twenty-something college student, three years after a zombie apocalypse has happened. The series is kind of a found footage/vlog style series in terms of format.

Within a couple episodes, we meet Carl, an undead individual, and Alison’s best friend. He is the reason I think that the zombie apocalypse is a metaphor. Though he is a zombie, he is completely normal. No desire to eat brains, and he holds conversations like a normal person would. The only sign is that he doesn’t eat or drink.

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Brains does a great job of mixing the real world with the zombified one, discussing real world issues like dating. I even have a theory as to what the apocalypse is actually meant to represent. I could be completely off base with this, so watch for yourself and form your own thoughts. Here it goes…

I think that the zombie apocalypse is actually a metaphor for how connected via technology we are nowadays. I don’t have any specific reason for this, and maybe it will get explained as the series goes on. The fact that Carl is normal (as far as we can tell anyway), and I haven’t seen any zombies of the traditional sense yet just has me wondering.

I know I have mentioned this in previous posts, but I love that episodes of web series are often no more than fifteen minutes long. I’m not saying I can’t watch anything longer, but life is so busy that having an episode with a full plot that moves things forward in a short time is nice.

As with season 1, season two will consist of ten main episodes, each 5-8 minutes long, and there will also be 60 second “minisodes” in between. More backstory is always good in my opinion. I like being made to keep guessing too, but sometimes you just want questions answered.

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I love the quirkiness of the series. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and clearly the actors and crew have a good time putting it out there every week. I hope this series starts to gain views and gets a little more attention. It really does deserve it.

Season one, as well as the first five episodes of season two (including four minisodes), can be watched on www.brainswebseries.com.

I am a huge Marvel Comics fan, particularly X-Men and Spider-Man. Stargate SG-1 fostered my love for Sci-Fi, and I believe firmly that Joss Whedon is a god. I am always up for a good conversation (no matter the subject matter). If you so wish, you can follow me on twitter @rhiannon_cates.

  • Bri

    Thanks for the lovely review!