Just another Monday gamers, but there is hope.
If you’re in the market for some easily digested, quality entertainment, and you just can’t choose which game you are ready to replay? Well. Check out a new show that was born from an unbelievable mind. Tom Hanks, that’s right. The guy from BIG and Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, etc. The voice of Woody in Toy Story. He has writtern and produced a new animated sci-fi series for Yahoo called Electric City.
The basic premise is a world not so far removed from our modern time, a couple of generations after a terrible purging of human life through violent war, where electricity is how city life is structured and controlled by an oligarchy of knitting old women.
No really. They are the knitting committee. They decide everything in Electric City and enforce their will using official units like the AMP police force and secret operatives like Tom Hanks’ character.
In the most shocking manner, Electric City makes you question who is at fault and what is evil.
Gaining control of technology is only part of what is beiing scrutunized by this series.
So far there are 20 episodes ranging about five minutes each. So you have about an hour of the series to watch right now. The total series is expected to be another thirty to fourty minutes longer, so this isn’t going to be a multi-season show. It is something you can quickly consume, giving you lots to think about, and plenty to remember.
There are unforgettable moments right away. But the real high points come with how easily the plit creates and destroys important characters. Since an episode of the show is so short, they waste no time getting to the climactic moments.
There is no fat, just story. No low points, present just to fill time.
Tom Hanks wows once again. There doesn’t seem to be much he can’t do.
Electric City is penned by Hanks, a man who admirably collects old, and I mean old, classic typewriters. He has created a world that isn’t unimagineable, yet it is not a place you want to become real. This utopia is a facade of evil, corruption, and deceipt that will make you question your own behavior in the real world. Sometimes simplicity is a cover for complex evil.
This is a great little series. Very compact entertainment. So gamers, my advice is to go consume away. It won’t take the edge of the frustration of the games industry trying to blow itself up making terrible decisions. But it is a great alternative to asking xbox live parties that same old repetitive mantra. “What you want to do? I don’t know what you want to do?”
Fear not, there is hope. The holiday gaming season is just around the corner. For now I leave you with this question. Tom Hanks, who played Professor Langdon in Dan Brown’s from book to film adaptations of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, now wants to entertain an even larger audience. Is that even possible for him to do?
Seriously, if you are looking to escape the back and forth weather of the summer, this is a great show. The only real down side is the shortness of the episodes. You just start sinking your teeth into the plot of each episode and before you can catch your breath, the episode is over. This is likely only the beggining of Hanks’ plans to venture into this form of content creation.
To add to this, Hanks has a Android and IOS game headed to mobile devices that is based on the show. It is called Electric City The Revolt. But more on that later.
For now. Check the show out at Yahoo Originals content.