So far Ben Howdeshell’s web miniseries, Project S.E.R.A, has been a solid entry into the online sci-fi fray. There are biological weapons, spies, infections, and a ton of action. Based on an earlier short, episode four—out of six—dropped earlier this week, and it delivers more of the same.
Project S.E.R.A is at its best when it functions as a straight-up action feature. Some of the acting is wooden and flat, and the scripted dialogue doesn’t help matters. The fight scenes and shootouts, however, are strong, including the one that opens episode four. Overall, Project S.E.R.A. is slick and has a nice look and feel to it.
The S.E.R.A. of the title refers to Simpson Eames Regeneration Agenda, which began life as a way to help heal wounded soldiers and get them back to the frontlines. When the government got a hold of the research, they militarized the crap out of it. While it was initially successful, the meds began to make the patients brain dead and violent. It basically turned them into zombies.
S.E.R.A. was abruptly cancelled, and all of the samples were destroyed. Yeah, we didn’t believe that either. When the biological agent resurfaces, it’s up to Gillian Eames (Julia Voth) and former Navy SEAL Lt. Riggins (Derek Theler) to stop the sale of the drug on the black market. As you can imagine, there’s way more going on than just a few bad guys trying to make money. There’s a shadowy conspiracy that goes all they way to the top of the political food chain.
New episodes of Project S.E.R.A are set to appear on successive Wednesdays at noon Pacific Standard Time.