Friday, March 10, 2017

Examples of TV Show Web Series, Part 2

                Welcome to the second installment of examples of TV shows with Web Series tie-ins.  Some shows, like Scrubs or Monk, only utilized the format once.  However, other shows, like The Office, decided to use the format more than once.  Here are some more examples of TV Show which used Web Series  multiple times throughout their run:
                Smallville was a WB (later CW) show detailing (in the first four seasons) the Clark Kent growing up in Smallville.  The first series was called the Chloe Chronicles, focusing on Chloe’s investigations into the people affected by the meteor shower that hit the town in 1989.  All four webisodes were released in April and May of 2003.  The next series called Chloe Chronicles: Volume 2 (released during the third season, 2003-2004), featured over 7 webisodes, Chloe, investigating Sarah Strossberg, which leads her to Donovan Jameson, who was experimenting on metahumans.  The third Web Series was called Vengeance Chronicles and was released during the 5th season (specifically, in early 2006).  In this storyline, Chloe teams up with the Angel of Vengeance to stop Lex Luthor, who had been conducting his own unethical experiments.  The show had seven webisodes.  During the sixth season (2006-2007), the format changed to a computer animated Web Series called the Oliver Queen Chronicles.  This storyline detailed the early life of Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow before the events where he appears in Smallville, in six webisodes.  The final Web Series was a six-webisode traditionally animated series called Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton released over the seventh season (2007-2008).  The story dealt with Kara’s (or Supergirl’s) life in Krypton before she was sent to Earth. 
                Battlestar Galactica was a 2004 miniseries and 2004-2009 Sci-Fi Network remake of the 1978-1979 original series, which was about the people on board the Battlestar Galactica, one of the few ships to survive the destruction of their entire star colony.  Battlestar Galactica had four total Web Series.  The first Web Series was subtitled The Resistance, a 10-webisode series lasting two to five minutes each.  In The Resistance, the Cylons have occupied New Caprica, where the remnants of Galactica tried to settle.  Led by Saul Tigh, Chief Tyrol and Specialist Cally and others plan to resist the Cylon occupation. The webisodes were filmed together as one episode and broken into 10 parts, giving a continuous storyline. The second Web Series, subtitled Razor Flashbacks, garnered some controversy, in that all of the “webisodes” were actually deleted scenes from the TV movie Razor.  Nevertheless, all seven webisodes were released in October and November of 2007. The third Web Series was subtitled Face of the Enemy and was released in December 2008 and January 2009 in between in the break between the first half and second half of season four.  In this ten-webisode series (lasting 3-6 minutes), Lt. Gaeta is onboard a Raptor when it gets separated from the rest of the fleet during a Cylon attack, and the danger intensifies when the each member of the Raptor crew starts dying one by one.  The last Web Series was actually supposed to be a TV movie pilot following the failure of the prequel spinoff Caprica, but as production continued, the TV movie was broken into 10 webisodes lasting 12 minutes each.  The Web Series was subtitled, Blood and Chome, and was set in between the events of Caprica and Battlestar Galactica.  In this story, William Adama is a young pilot assigned to the Battlestar Galactica for the first time and fills in some of the detail between the two major series.  The webisodes premiered online between November and December 2012 and were released as a TV movie on SyFy on February 13, 2013. 

                Each show used the web video format to tell new stories beyond the storyline in the official TV series, expanding the world of the show.  Check out these Web Series produced for the Smallville and Battlestar Galactica TV shows. 

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