Six Must See Sci-Fi Shows on Internet TV
By Jane Sussman
Sometimes life’s routine can veer into the mundane. We hit the snooze button a few times, pour some milk over the healthy cardboard flakes, and crawl through bumper to bumper until we arrive at our modest cubicles where a stack of to-do’s awaits. If we’re not too tired, maybe we’ll swap war stories with a friend over a beer later that night.
This begs the question. What would you give to escape? Even if just for a few minutes, what if a fantastical world was at your disposal, where the laws of physics are a matter of opinion and the janitor’s closet door opens an inter-dimensional portal?
Enter KoldCast TV, the premiere destination for online science fiction entertainment. All that’s actually required of you is a few clicks of the mouse. KoldCast is home to the most diverse, captivating, and imaginative Sci-Fi Internet TV shows. Whether you crave answers to life’s deepest dilemmas brought about by technology and the occult, or are just trying to escape the daily doldrums, these six shows will satiate your appetite.
Lily Callahan is an intrepid college newspaper reporter in a dogged search to expose the gun trafficking of an organized crime ring known only as “The Syndicate.” After following a tip from an anonymous source, Lily is shot twice – once directly in her heart. And it’s at this seemingly dead end that the series begins. Lily miraculously lives to continue chasing her story all the while attempting to figure out how she survived a point blank gunshot and what the connection is between her supernatural resurrection and the crime group she’s attempting to expose.
Lily’s story is told in such a dark and ominous way that the supernatural undertones cooking beneath the surface of the investigation are enough to drive us crazy with curiosity. What is The Vetala? What is The Syndicate really after? And what does it all have to do with an ancient Hindu mythology? Helping Lily unravel it all is Alex Reed, her ever-concerned fellow reporter, in a race to expose The Syndicate before both journalists are silenced – this time permanently.
Cable Counterpart: Fringe – Lily and Alex are reluctant partners who must rely on each other to piece together a criminal conspiracy surrounded by supernatural occurrences.
Watch Episode 1 of The Vetala – “The Syndicate”
Every century Earth gets a software upgrade in a phenomenon known as The Rapture. This time around there was a glitch. Half the people who were supposed to hop the fence to the other side are left behind. Sarah Bailey, a sweet, quirky young woman from the UK who’s always somewhat frazzled, is put in charge of fixing this snafu by a devilish little angel named Patrick.
It would be hard enough if Sarah’s own life weren’t a mess itself. She’s fixated on an ex, lives with her feckless brother and can only complete her new job by channeling strong emotions – lust, revulsion, love, or fear – into creating a bridge from this world to the next realm.
Cable Counterpart: Charmed – A dark comedy infused with the fantastical shows Sarah’s personal life is every bit as interesting as the magical forces she’s involved with.
Watch Episode 1 of Raptured
Eighteen men and eighteen women, “The Pillars,” are secretly keeping the equilibrium of our world intact – society does not know about them, but another secret organization called the ISC is intent on capturing them for personal gain. Each one of these Pillars endowed with intense powers that can be used for good or evil, depending on who’s in control.
Michael is a Pillar who has just been kidnapped by the ISC, but was able to fire off an iPhone video of his capture to Tim and Lisa, his brother and fiancé, just before meeting his disturbing fate. In an innovative Social TV twist, Tim and Lisa film their search for Michael and post the videos online to enlist the public’s help. We feel the urgency, not only because they’re in a race against time, but because it becomes our own personal search as well.
Cable Counterpart: Heroes – Imbued with special powers, the Pillars are on the run form other superhuman baddies while trying to keep the world safe.
Watch Episode 1 of Pillars
This ghostly comedy brings us a wonderful ensemble cast whose goal is to prove that paranormal activity isn’t mere fiction. A motley crew consisting of the latest in a distinguished lineage of ghost hunters, a metaphysics expert, and a womanizing medium, the team is quite revered in LA until they draw ire and controversy over a claim of fraudulent evidence. Now they have to clear their name in the public eye and among their peers by continuing a quixotic quest to prove that ghosts are in fact, hanging among us.
Cable Counterpart: Angel – An eclectic group of investigators working together against supernatural forces, but never too busy to kick around a few jokes.
Watch Episode 1 of L.A. Paranormal
Michael is a sexy, haunted Archangel who has been demoted and must now wander the earth in human form, receiving missions from on high. He is God’s hitman on Earth, relied upon to kill those few who have been possessed by the devil.
A rugged Jeep and bedroom eyes make him seem like quite the bad boy, but he’s given up the good times as a sacrifice to his almighty commander. God’s messengers, shape-shifting angels, bring Michael his orders and he follows them with absolute precision.
Cable Counterpart: Moonlight – Our hero is akin to the brooding vampire, wandering the night as an immortal lone wolf tracking victims that deserve what’s coming.
Watch Episode 1 of Passenger
December 21st, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar and also the date on which the world collectively looks up to a sky brimming with alien invaders. The extraterrestrials infect the entire human population with a horrific virus, leaving the few survivors little but their wits.
Infused with a bit of divine providence, those who remain are aided by a Mayan god transmitting messages to aid them on their journey. The diverse cast of characters include Damon and Bentley, two government-employed hitmen fighting the aliens, Dr. Robert Leo, a scientist who stumbles upon answers to timeless questions plaguing humanity, and Oliver Rockwell, a journalist who learns of his wife’s adultery while he tries to navigate this new and dangerous world.
Cable Counterpart: V and The Walking Dead – The aliens are stronger than us, have better technology, and are ruthless. The infected humans are no better, effectively zombies. It’s now up to a few bold individuals to find their own destiny amid the ruins.
Watch Episode 1 of 2012 – “Arrival”
Ariel Nishli contributed to this story.
Jane Sussman is a writer, avid reader and politics junkie who moved from the city that never sleeps to the city of angels to pursue screenwriting. After the sale of a web series, she abandoned her day job as an assistant to write full-time, working on both her screenplays and freelance blog writing. She is a contributor to the DailyISO.com, and can be followed on twitter @JaneESussman.
Hero Photo above from Fringe