Despite box office returns, not all science fiction needs giant CGI budget robots junk punching each other in outer space or enough explosions to empty a few third world mines of bat guano. What is needed is a decent story and the commitment to pull it off and both those attributes appear in the four best YouTube sci-fi series.
With humor, well written personalities, and enough science fiction references to keep the hardcore around while amusing those who have no interest in jelly babies, “Space Janitors” is a great YouTube sci-fi series to check out. Focused on the lives of three humans and an android, this comedy goes after daily life, failed romance and the hilarious side of working for an evil organization. Mike and Darby’s talk about being “acknowledged” by the rebels in episode one is a pitch perfect discussion on the heroes of the inner workings behind galactic conflicts.
With Bryan Singer at the production helm you expect solid quality with enough quirks to keep you interested, which is exactly what “H+” delivers. From its quick summarization of the H+ implant and a foreboding message about its creator, episode one hooks you in as it drops you right before the overarching problem takes hold and then lets you progress along with the cast. As soon as the people start dropping, you will naturally come up with a hundred other things that you think can go wrong thus making the first episode incredibly contagious.
With the idea that aliens are using a select group of humans as vassals for their knowledge and ideas, “RCVR” doesn’t break any new ground with the premise but seeing these receivers as rare natural resources that governments and businesses would dearly want is a great additional facet. Centered around two agents who are tasked with finding these alien idea receptacles, this YouTube sci-fi series skillfully builds tension and remarkably lets the 70’s backdrop of the show be unassuming rather than force feeding this environment of the past with neon pointer signs. As Luke listens to his recorded interview with Helen, a mystery begins to present itself amongst tension and sadness in episode one that burns a path through all the following episodes. Think “The 4400” mixes it up with “X-Files” then throw in some booze and you’ll have “RCVR”.
Starting out a bit clichéd, Brian realizes he’s not in a jail cell but still screams about rights and lawyers. Ad nauseum swiftly followed by “The Man” as his captor, “Cell” stumbles then catches its stride and becomes interesting. You could probably skip right past episode one and start with two as that’s when things kick off, particularly with the scene featuring the captor’s solution for Brian’s issue with his new clothing. Definitely a slow burner with the science fiction creeping in a bit more with each episode, “Cell” is worth it once you get past the slow opener.