Thursday, August 21, 2008



Episodic Web series, or webisodes, are still in their infancy, but their quality and frequency are growing. Webisodes can either be web original programing or supplementary programming to existing network series.

Currently, NBC and the Sci-Fi channel are three webisodes in to a new series, Gemini Division -- an American science fiction series of five-to-seven minute long webisodes created by Electric Farm Entertainment which went into production in March 2008.

Based on an original story by Brent Friedman, Gemini Division is about an NYC detective investigating the murder of her fiance. During the investigation she uncovers a global conspiracy involving the creation of simulated life forms that have assimilated with the unsuspecting public.

An NYPD undercover vice cop, Anna Diaz is used to walking the thin blue line between truth and fiction. One slip, her cover blown, and she could end up dead. That's why she always keeps the world at arm's length. That is, until she meets Nick Korda.

Nick is everything Anna ever wanted. For the first time in her life, she finally feels safe enough to lower her guard, be herself. So safe, in fact, Anna's beginning to wonder if this guy's too good to be true. Especially after he whisks her to Paris for a romantic getaway and pops the question. Though Anna can't deny her feelings for Nick, she also can't ignore those warning signs about his business, his health and his past - causing her to doubt whether or not this man is truly the person he claims to be. But before she can get the answers she needs to commit, Anna witnesses Nick's gruesome murder.

Determined to bring the people responsible to justice, Anna discovers Nick was not the man she thought - in fact, he wasn't a man at all. Nick Korda was a "Simulant" - a bio-engineered life form - connected to a global conspiracy involving covert military operations, bizarre genetic experiments – and a mysterious organization known as GEMINI DIVISION.

The series stars Rosario Dawson, who worked with Electric Farm Entertainment on the Webbie nominated cult internet series Afterworld.

Gemini Division also combines the first true convergence between internet based entertainment and advertisers creating a "launch pad" designed with the dissemination of product information as it's creative process. Acura, Cisco Systems, Intel Corp, and Microsoft Corp. are among the first brands involved with the development of the program.

The show began airing August 18th on NBC and The Sci-Fi Channel as part of their online content.



TimTodd said...

I am enjoying the series so far and looking forward to see what they have down the pipe. There is a bunch more to come. Thanks for the review.

DHeidland said...

Thanks for your comment at Prime Time for Change responding to...and in that circle lies madness...

Beyond Gemini I expect to see more of these multi-release properties being released in the near future; strange that the web would take so long to circle back around to the principles of the daily radio serial.

Also, Should you ever be in Portland I'd recommend either the Crystal Ballroom for your jazz or big band jones...Jimmy Mak’s is the best, and most cozy jazz venue, though the Blue Monk is pretty good to.

bish8 said...


Thanks for the Portland jazz tips -- you know what's important to me.

And, yeah, I'll be looking forward to more of these types of series, and you're right about their roots being in the radio serials. I'd not thought of it that way, but clearly there is a relationship.