A web series that tries to hark back to “the good ‘ol days” of serials. Seriously, how can glowy men that shoot lightning bolts from their fingers and an uber-hero in flight suit with a laser gun NOT be cool?
The Mercury Men
Pittsburgh, 1975. Edward Borman, a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped, when the deadly men of Mercury seize his office building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot. Aided by Jack Yaeger, a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine.
The Mercury Men is a prime example of how a web show should be made. The action unfolds within seconds and relentlessly pushes on and does not not let go. Little time is wasted on exposition. Over the next ten episodes it reveals a few more details, but for the most part we are fed only the most bare necessities to keep us going. And that works out just fine.
For those who love the old serials along the lines of Flash Gordon, The Phantom Empire and the likes, this show takes a similar pseudo-scientific premise (read: cheesy) and makes an action packed story out of it. Creator Chris Preksta shows his chops as writer and director of this unique story. Shooting in glorious black and white wasn’t just a style choice — he deliberately wanted to reference these old serials. A homage well played.
The Mercury Men is a winner, which is probably why it was picked up by the SyFy channel and featured on their site…