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H+ The Digital Web Series Completes First Season on YouTube

Updated on November 26, 2013
New Web Series H+ is on YouTube
New Web Series H+ is 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!

© 2012 Margaret Perrottet

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      Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

      Great work, mperrottet. This show looks very interesting. YouTube is doing a lot to try to get people to re-envision the internet as a place to go to watch shows. They have another TV show that is a YouTube exclusive, starring Julia Stiles, called Blue. I have only seen the trailer though. I have been meaning to watch it, but I haven't had time ever since I started writing online.

      I am excited to see these shows because I feel like this can change everything. If these shows do well you can imagine a world where TVs will connect to the internet and people will primarily watch shows through the internet. OK, enough of my ramblings before my comment becomes a mini Hub within a Hub.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'm glad you saw this hub, Gamerelated - I thought you'd be interested. I'm really excited as well. I love anything that deals with a post-apocalyptic world, so this is right up my alley. I watched the first episode on my TV, and the second one on my computer. As I was watching them I thought how perfect the length was for viewing on a phone. I'll have to check out Blue. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Margaret, I had no idea of this H+ web series. From the plot and your review it seems to be an absorbing watch.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      rajan jolly - It was an absorbing watch - really interesting concept, and the series was very well done. My only complaint was that it was divided up into so many short segments, but outside of that I loved it. Thanks for reading and voting!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Looks and sounds very interesting. The future is rushing towards us much faster than most people realize, I think.

      Now that we have replicators (3D printers), very basic compared to the ones on Star Trek, but they will advance and before long you'll be able to order up a vehicle and have it delivered in perhaps a day or so.

      Being wired straight from your brain to you computer or something on that order is extremely advanced. I think I would pass.

      But the H+ series does look very interesting. Voted up, interesting, and awesome. Will share with my followers.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Au fait - I really think you would enjoy this series. The great thing is that you can watch it all the way through now that season one is complete. My only complaint about the way that it was done was the shortness of each segment. Speaking of 3D printers, it was in the paper yesterday that a human ear was produced from 3D printer - not to be used, but as proof of concept. Amazing. Anyhow, thanks so much for voting and sharing this. It's greatly appreciated!

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