Crackle’s Chosen is a web series worthy of your time
Milo Ventimiglia of ‘Heroes’ fame is back in a new web series from Crackle, entitled ‘Chosen’ — a short series of webisodes that’s extremely well-produced and acted, starting off very strong but ending on a rather cliche note.
I was a quasi-fan of NBC’s Heroes for its first season, but for me it quickly went downhill and into territory I just didn’t care for … but I digress. The reason I’m bringing Heroes up at all is because of Milo Ventimiglia, who you may know or remember starred in Heroes as Peter Petrelli, one of the primary characters of the series. What I found while watching Chosen was that I almsot didn’t recognize the guy. Gone (just about) was Milo’s usual Sly Stallone-like lower-lip curl, and he’s noticeably older looking — though that could just be due to the role he played, that of a young defense attorney. But Milo owned this role, and it fit him perfectly.
The series consists of six 15-minute webisodes, making up what Crackle considers a “season” of the series. Then again, whether we’re meant to see more remains to be seen. As a whole, the series could be chained together to make a very worthy effort as a feature film, as it taked place within a very short time period and consists of pretty much non-stop action throughout. Ventimiglia stars as Ian Mitchell, who one day finds an odd delivery at his door: a wooden box with his name on it, containing a gun, a photo of a man, and some odd clockwork that starts ticking away as soon as the box is opened. The photo, as it turns out, is of a doctor (played by Diedrich Bader, formerly of The Drew Carey Show), who Ian must kill or else find his whole world turned upside down.
The series starts out strong, pulling you into the action quickly. There’s actually some sense made of how the main character is able to figure out more about the box’s contents, and what he does to try to get himself out of the strange contract. I was fortunate enough to have all six episodes ahead of time and found myself unable to simply stop watching them until I’d gone through them all. The weakest point in the series came in its conclusion, which was both predictable and cliche, as well as cliffhanger-y, if you consider this one season of many.
All in all, this one’s worth your time to sit through. For a web series — hell, even for a non-web series — it’s well produced, well acted and very engaging. It’s especially nice that we get a show that has a complete season — one that could equally end or continue from its final episode — and not see a lack of some sort of pick-up or renewal leave us all hanging. I, for one, would love to see more of this caliber of programming come out of the web … or anywhere, for that matter.
Check out Crackle’s Chosen debut some time today.