– by Mark Cook

For years, the style of most shows/series were in the form of serialized versions.  Anthology-style shows have begun to reemerge over the years such as Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Black Mirror.  If you enjoy the anthology-style shows, then you definitely need to add the upcoming Dark/Web digital series, which is set to premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019!

The web series is co-written by Mario Miscione (director) with other co-writers and producers Tim and Michael Nardelli (there are additional writers on the project as well, taking part in the mini-anthologies within the main story).  The three have previously worked together with 2014’s film Circle which was sold to Netflix.  It was first premiered at SDCC that year with coverage from LRM.

The three have come back together for Dark/Web which, as stated, will premier at this year’s SDCC. So, while the idea of the anthology is not new, the series has a stylistic twist which will merge the anthology and serial styles, which will be beneficial to their audience.  The only thing about Black Mirror that I did not enjoy is that even though it is a shared universe, the episodes would spend 40 or so minutes developing a character which we would never see again. With Dark/Web, there is a common thread which is essential to the overall story, yet each episode can still stand on its own.  They will also be adding Easter Eggs and flashbacks which will help connect the universe, so there are serialized elements incorporated into the anthology style.

Dark/Web is a semi-anthology digital series which is cross between the horror and sci-fi genres. Even though each episode will have its own feel, and story, the creators made a primary thread of a character named Molly who has gone missing. She has reached out to mutual friends from high school even though they have all lost touch over the years. The series is framed through the different stories Molly has written while her friends go on the search to find her (you can check out the teaser trailer above).

Miscione, and the Nardelli’s got the idea for the series by using common technological elements in our everyday lives.  They researched the actual dark web to have a solid foundation to base their series on so that it could be as realistic as possible.  Some of the areas of focus will include cyber attacks, hacking, and social media.  While the creators were writing the series, events continued to occur in society that reflected their theme such as the election and other corporate hackings.  We live in a world where we often give information to places that could possibly be corruptible and our history is out on the web and often times used against us.  This is what they wanted to focus on because it is something most individuals can relate to.

The cast includes notable individuals many of you will recognize including:

Sibongile Mlambo (Netflix’s Lost in SpaceTeen Wolf), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Julie Benz (Dexter), Hannah Marks (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate), Zelda Williams (Teen Wolf), Robert Davi (GooniesDie Hard) Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Funny GamesForrest GumpWayward Pines), Hayley Marie Norman (Top Five), Dora Madison (Friday Night LightsDexter), Molly Hagan (Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale), Cassie Thomson (The Alienist), Amin El Gamal (Prison Break revival), Lana McKissack (Transformers), Michael Nardelli (CircleRevenge), Brian Elerding (Mad Men), Noemi Gonzalez (Rosewood), and Rene Heger (Circle, Links of Life).

RELATED: Dark/Web Is Headed To San Diego Comic-Con!

Interested in seeing the Dark/Web World Premier and Panel at SDCC? Due to the overwhelming response in the first 12 hours, we are already at full capacity for both nights!  We are still taking RSVP’s for the time being as STANDBY RSVP’s.  If you register under STANDBY you will be notified by email closer to the date of the premiere if a seat has opened up, and you can access that page by clicking this link and fill out the form to let us know which day you would like to possibly attend.  Night One (Friday) will cover Chapters 1-4, while Night Two (Saturday) will cover Chapters 5-8. If you would like to attend both nights then you will need to fill out the form twice, once for Friday and once for Saturday.

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