Syfy decided to do something a little different for their latest new digital series, called Nuclear Family. The network has made all 22 episodes of the series available exclusively on the Xbox 360. That’s right, if you’ve got an Xbox, you can watch the whole run back-to-back now via the Syfy Digital app (which up until now has been pretty useless). The digital series won’t be posted to Syfy.com, Hulu, and the like for another two weeks.
Nuclear Family is, as you might guess from the title, set in the aftermath of a mysterious nuclear explosion. Written and directed by Kyla Rankin (The Battle of Shaker Heights), Nuclear Family has cast of familiar faces, including Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop), and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue). Here’s the gist of it:
Nuclear Family is about John and Lynn who struggle with their family to survive after a mysterious nuclear explosion occurs. They stay on the move in the woods searching for their son, Grant, who becomes lost amidst the post-apocalyptic chaos. Meanwhile society has disintegrated and is now run by a savage clan called the Berserkers lead by someone who calls himself The Man.
Now, don’t get too excited by the whole “22 episodes” thing. Nuclear Family is much more in the vein of a webisode series than it is a fully-fledged series. Yeah, there are 22 eps, but they average around five minutes long. The good side of that is that you can easily blow through them in one sitting, assuming it’s good enough to do so.
Without sitting through a few episodes it’s hard to guess at Nuclear Family‘s quality. Writer/director Rankin’s highest-profile produced credit is The Battle of Shaker Heights, which you might remember was the winning script during the second season of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Project Greenlight. With the episodes being so short, at least it’s not a huge time commitment before deciding if it’s good or bad.