I have been on a bit of a trawl looking for a new web series to watch and review, but it has not been easy! So many new web series being made now seem to be focussed entirely on the millennial and their obsession with social media!
I am not a millennial, and social media is more of a pain the arse than a necessary part of my life. I am 42 and I refuse to bleedin Instagram every aspect of my life! Yes, I am in danger of becoming irrelevant and out of touch – unable to communicate with anyone under the age of 30, and an embarrassment to my children – but, I can live with that.
I have digressed! Because I was finally successful, finding the brilliant SOS Save Our Skins – which hails all the way back to 2014!
SOS Save Our Skins is a 19 part web series (13 main episodes and 6 lil extra ones!, which runs for one hour and 38 minutes):
‘SOS: Save Our Skins is the tale of two hapless British geeks who wake up in New York City only to find that the entire human race has vanished. But as they explore the seemingly empty world before them, Ben and Stephen soon realize they’re not alone after all…
Juggling sci-fi, comedy and horror, SOS: Save Our Skins sends Ben and Stephen on a desperate journey to find their loved ones, escape the jaws of death and work out why they’re one of the few remaining people on Earth. But the answer to the mystery is bigger, crazier and more apocalyptic than they could ever have imagined, and puts the fate of the planet into their very stupid hands.’
Of course, I binge watched it all at once!, and really its very good, well written with a few laugh out loud moments, the writers and stars of the show are Chris Hayward and Nat Saunders who fit the roles of hapless geeks brilliantly. There is a hint of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead about them – and this works perfectly managing to elevate the horror of the discovery that the world is empty to series of brilliant comedy moments.
It doesn’t matter that the “blue monster” is pretty rubbish or that the alien (voiced wonderfully by Peter Serafinowicz) looks rather dodgy, in fact it just adds to the whole feel of the thing.
In addition of the main characters, Hannah Spear stars wonderfully as Kill or Killie, or even Susan! Adding some much needed female into the mix.
A web series is always too short, and they do work better as a standalone film, I thoroughly enjoyed SOS Save Our Skins, clever, witty and British – it is a shame there was no second series made! The end of the first series certainly lends itself to a second!
You can watch SOS Save Our Skins on YouTube
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