An interesting premise, executed with the care and complexity of Pendant Audio’s Phantom Canyon. There are a lot of similarities between the two. They are both westerns for one, but seeing as how this is only the pilot episode, the amount of depth received was mind boggling. It’s not every day where in a single episode you get the backdrop and complexity of an entire series. Based on this episode alone, there was a sense that I knew these characters. In a less than twenty minute production that’s truly a remarkable feet.
The story itself is fairly mundane and simple. The twist near the end could be seen coming from a fair distance away. Normally this would make the story less enjoyable for most people. Your mileage may vary, but the true nature of this story is the gimmick of a blind protagonist in the medium for the blind.
Some people may see gimmicks as bad. On their own, yes they are, but adding little variations to a story can turn a cool idea into a story. It’s all about asking the right questions.
This is where the sad trombone music comes in. As of this review, the Kickstarter campaign the creator is using to help fund this endeavor is coming to a close. IF this gets funded, we’ll hear more episodes and that’s something I’d enjoy. I was not paid in any way to bring this message. The story just captured my attention and imagination enough to where I want to see this be successful, because it has so much potential.
John Wesley Shipp who stars as Barry Allen’s father on CW’s “The Flash” does a phenomenal job. The biggest worry for me was the potential for the dialogue to be too descriptive. Needless to say that didn’t happen and I enjoyed this all the way through to the end.