H+ The Digital Web Series Completes First Season on YouTube
What Does H+ Stand For?
H+ is the symbol used by the transhumanist movement. This movement believes that through technology, humanity can evolve beyond its current biological limitations. H+ stands for a human+, a trans-human. For a fuller explanation of this movement, see my hub What is Transhumanism?
For those of you unfamiliar with what a Web series is, it's a production that is only offered on the Web. H+ is an intriguing Web series that completed its first season on YouTube, and fans of the series are eagerly looking forward to season two. Distributed by Warner Brothers, the series was created and written by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso.
The first season of the series received two 2013 Streamy Awards (which honor the best of online entertainment). Steward Hendler received best director, and the series received one for best science fiction series. I'm not surprised that it got awards. This series hasn't skimped on anything, and it shows. It's amazingly slick for a Web Series, or for any media for that matter. There are 48 episodes in the series, with each one lasting and average of about 3 minutes, and totaling 2 hours 40 minutes. I watched the entire series, and it's great! And why shouldn't it be? Producer Bryan Singer has smash hit movies “X-Men" and “The Usual Suspects” to his credit as well as the fabulous TV series “Battlestar Gallactica.
Set in 2019, there is an intriguing new technology available. A computer system called H+ (the symbol for Human+) can be implanted in the human brain, allowing the ultimate internet connection. The advertisements “You're Always on Line – You're Always Connected” have lured 1/3 of the human population to get this implant. Unfortunately, this technology goes terribly wrong - a vicious computer virus is released killing millions of people, and the world is plunged into a post-apocalyptic state. The rest of the series deals with the fallout of the disaster, how it happened, and how society is changed. The story line concerns three main characters. Somewhat like the popular series "Lost" there are clues planted in episodes as to the interrelationship of these characters and the mystery of who caused the cataclysmic event to occur.
The Advantages of Webisodes
I think that this series could really bring the Web series concept into its own. The producers set it up so that viewers can actually control their own viewing experience by sharing episodes with others, making their own individual playlists of episodes and watching episodes based on storyline, chronological order, character, or location. Cabrera calls this a new form of social distribution where the audience actually becomes part of the storytelling. There is even an H+ facebook page for fans to discuss the series.
I find the playlists to be a great idea. You can either make your own playlists or go to already produced playlists and view the series in the order of your choice. Viewing the series from different views often allows you to see something you may have missed the first time around and gives you a different perspective on the story. This is part of what makes this series so interesting.
Season Two (H+2) is Coming Up!
I can hardly wait for season two. In response to feedback from fans, Cabrera has said that episodes may be longer (about 5 minutes instead of 3), there may be 40 instead of 48 episodes, and episodes may be released on a daily schedule. This will allow fans to see daily episodes, or wait and catch up on a weekly or semi-weekly schedule.
So catch up on Season One of this fascinating series before season two (H+2) is out. You'll be glad you did!
Read More About H+
- What is Transhumanism?
Transhumanism is a movement that embraces the enhancement of our minds and bodies through science. Will it help or hurt mankind?
- Transhumanism in the Movies
Transhumanists embrace the concept of enhancing human beings through science. Here's how some popular movies have dealt with transhumanism.
© 2012 Margaret Perrottet