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Pioneer One
Date
2010
Runtime
35
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A mysterious spaceship has entered Earth's atmosphere. A US Department of Homeland Security investigation has uncovered a live human being in a Soviet space suit in an unstable condition. A note in Russian, found at the crash site, claims the man is the child of cosmonauts living at a base on Mars.

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Episode 6: "War of the World"

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Taylor prepares to go to the public with Yuri's story, and everyone discovers the consequences of their actions in the conclusion to Pioneer One's first season.

Pioneer One is a serialized drama produced and distributed online through VODO and the DISCO network. Downloaded almost 2,000,000 times and winner for Best Drama Pilot at the 2010 New York Television Festival, the show is independently produced and financed by viewer donations.

Episode 5: "Sea Change"

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When an unannounced visitor breaks in to the Calgary base with just days left in the Quarantine, tensions are at an all-time high. The fate of Yuri and everyone on Tom Taylor's team is about to be decided.

Episode 4: "Triangular Diplomacy"

As the media begins to question the story about the crashed satellite, Secretary McClellan starts to play hardball with the Russians in pursuit of his own truth. But everything hinges on what Yuri, the frightened boy at the center of it all, might have to say…

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Episode 3: "Alone in the Night"

Quarantined to the Calgary base for two weeks, Taylor and his team have bought time to get answers from the supposed Martian cosmonaut. But who can get him to talk?

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Episode 2: "The Man From Mars"

Mars expert Dr. Zachary Walzer (Jack Haley) fights to prove the validity of the Mars story. Can he convince the government to mount a manned mission to Mars? Agent in charge Tom Taylor (James Rich) faces pressure from both the Canadians and his own superiors, and has to make a call.

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Episode 1: "Earthfall" (Pilot)

An object in the sky spreads radiation over North America. Fearing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security agents are dispatched to investigate and contain the damage. What they discover will have drastic implications.

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The Pioneer One Team

In late January 2010, writer Josh Bernhard pitched his Untitled Mars Show idea to director Bracey Smith. In February, the pair quit their jobs and got down to work on the pilot episode of Pioneer One, finished by May with a budget of $6000. The enormous response to its release on VODO prompted them to continue producing the first season with viewer-donated support.
The Pioneer One team is based mostly in and around New York, NY. At its core is a group of filmmakers who met at the avant-garde cinema department at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. With P1, they've amassed an amazing group of talented performers and crew, all willing to work for free because of their belief in the project.

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Pioneer One

  • At 22:04 on 14 Dec 2010

    Episode One: This 35-minute sci-fi pilot revolves around the discovery of an object from space, a lost cosmonaut and the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the situation. The production values are impressive given the low budget, and the scripting, acting and direction are solid. If you enjoyed the slightly talky but eerie Quatermass series, Pioneer One would probably be right up your alley.

  • At 19:42 on 23 Apr 2011

    Here’s a bold statement: episode three of Pioneer One may go down in history as one of the most program-revolutionizing episodes in a series, ever. In this episode we saw a complete gear shift – characters were fleshed out and brought to life in a hitherto unexplored fashion, giving far more depth to the show on the whole. The actors, whether under some adjustment of direction or simply achieving comfort in their roles, seemed to blossom and take a giant step forward towards achieving their potential. In some cases, such potential was revealed where it had previously not been clear. Before I go any further into my review, I must disclose two things. First, this review does contain spoilers, and I will not clearly label them. So if you have not yet watched it, stop reading and stream/download it now – then proceed. Second, unlike with the previous two episodes I was completely sober when watching this third installment. See? No need for an intervention. I have already lauded the character development and acting in this episode, and these elements will comprise the bulk of this review. Why? Because the story was not greatly advanced. Plot took a back seat to “getting to know you”, and this is more or less OK. The end result was an episode that was thoroughly engaging regardless. My only concern is that what plot was advanced seemed to be mostly sub-plot – and I would hate to see the primary storyline diluted by too much flotsam and jetsam. There was nothing inherently bad about these asides and incidentals. However, some struck me hit or miss. Some I am fairly certain will have a major impact on future episodes. Time will tell. One example of such hit or miss storytelling was the puzzling glimpse into Tom Taylor’s personal life. After a cursory and somewhat clumsy conversation between Tom and Dr. Walzer about Walzer’s failed marriage, Tom was suddenly desperate to escape quarantine to go to his rather impatient and mostly unlovable significant other to pop the question. No doubt this was intended to grip us, as it was left a cliffhanger, but it seemed so hastily thrown-together as to feel like a non-sequitur. I found myself not the least bit emotionally involved in the scenario. And while I’m speaking of Tom Taylor, let me state that while your mileage may vary, to me he went from being one of the most, if not the most, likable characters on the show to something of an unsympathetic dick. It’s the only character whose progression, in my opinion, ended up a regression. Case in point: in this episode he delivered the worst pep talk in history to a distraught Jane Campbell when she was doubting her suitability as companion to the stricken “Martian boy”, Yuri. His idea of motivation was to tell her, “Sure, there are tons of people who are better than you. But you’re the one we’re stuck with, m’kay?” Now, I have already pointed out that he seems unprepared and unsure of how to handle the situation in which he’s at the helm. Understandable. Maybe that sequence was intended to underline this. And, while I’m proposing excuses, maybe the whole rush-to-marriage-proposal thing was meant to illustrate how fed up he is with being in charge. Maybe his sudden desperation to escape quarantine was, whatever his ultimate motive for so doing, more or less symbolic of his need to escape the turn his life has suddenly taken. But at this juncture you may be asking yourself, unless you were good enough to watch the episode before reading this review, “Who is Jane?”. She’s a new character brought abruptly onto the scene to help keep Yuri company, and to perhaps elicit from him some intelligible responses to the inevitable onslaught of questioning to which he’ll be subjected when he’s recovered more. In a nutshell, she’s a nurse who’s experienced working with sick kids, and she happens to have a passable grasp of the Russian language. (Though this was never fully illustrated.) She is, quite simply, the most stunning element of the show thus far, and if the preview of episode four is to believed, she will (thankfully) play a much larger role in plot to come. She is well and believably acted, but more importantly, she’s identifiable and you cannot help but relate to her on any of a number of levels. And for my money the best scene in the entire series thus far is her attempt at storytelling, guiding the clearly frightened and suffering Yuri through a little good old-fashioned escapism. It wasn’t not the first time someone reached out to him with a personal touch – more on that in a bit – but it’s the most touching outreach. Combining a simple fairy tale with something I can only describe as interpretive dance (and this is the only time you’ll ever hear me mention interpretive dance in a positive light), she came across as graceful, almost ethereal, and you couldn’t help but fall in love. And, for what it’s worth, it was one of the least choreographed-looking dance sequences I can recall seeing in TV or film. The end result was a totally organic scene. Since we’re on the topic of reaching out to Yuri, let’s discuss the brief but important conversation Dr. Walzer had with the young lad. Walzer veered sharply from his Vizzini-esque path in this episode, becoming someone it’s possible to truly like. During his little chat with Yuri we saw a side of him that’s not yet been highlighted. We were given a chance to better understand what motivates him. And the show is better for having one of its central characters clearly explained. But that’s not the only case of “meet and greet” with already-established players. Remember the guy with the emo haircut? Turns out he’s not so much emo, but actually just a nerd, and a fun nerd, at that. (He never stood a chance at being hip; he was named after Adlai Stevenson.) Why it took three episodes to learn more about him I can only speculate – however, getting to know him brings about another layer of polish and greater chance of immersion to the series. Perhaps it’s coincidental that it was Jane who brought him out of his shell. Then again, maybe not. One last instance of character development, as well as a shining example of acting vastly improved from the previous episode, came in the form of the Canadian liaison, whose acting was stiff and actually distracting in episode two. In this episode, however, we were shown more of his character – a character who continues to assert his importance to Tom verbally, but more or less rolls over when told. And finally, this was brought to life with better-delivered dialog and body language. Hell, he even made a witty remark. A vast improvement. “Vast improvement” is actually the key phrase when it comes to the entirety of episode three. And considering Pioneer One was a solid show to begin with, that’s a feat. As I pointed out in my review of the first two episodes Pioneer One began with much room for growth. It has made good on its promise and grown. I am greatly looking forward to episode four and hope you’ll join me both in watching it when it’s released, and in reading my future reviews of the series.

  • At 16:42 on 15 Mar 2012

    Today we’re revisiting a series that I kinda gushed over last year. Since reviewing the pilot, Pioneer One has since been able to crowdfund five more episodes for six in total, they won the drama category for 2010′s NYTVF (and should’ve won pretty much everything else. Illuminati Brothers? Greg And Donny? Really?), and their first two episodes as of January 2011 received over 1.7 million downloads. So, for the equivalent of an hour-long television pilot, they had more viewers than either of the first two season premieres of Breaking Bad. According to their blog, it sounds like creator Josh Bernhard and director Bracey Smith are tiring of discussion over their novel distribution methods—hint: torrents are effective! I’ll skip that. Let’s talk the show itself. Are you watching it? You should be. You should be talking about it. When people say, “there’s nothing good on the web,” or “you can’t do drama on the web,” you point them directly to this series and you say, “shut up.” With each episode, small revelations, things that on the surface appear mundane, have major and lasting consequences. A single word near the end of Episode 4 (by this time, our running time is deep into TV Miniseries lengths) and with no shocked response, no intense musical cues, everything you thought about the series changes. Political intrigue is shown through devil-in-the-details moments, from using old immigration agreements and laws as ammunition for forcing the Russians into backing down to simply not answering the phone until they’re damn good and ready to buy time. Humanity shown through old clips of a character begging Congress for funding to go to Mars because “it’s the next step,” and the power of simple human contact for someone who may have never felt it before. We talk a big game about the web overtaking TV, about the creative freedom it provides. And while only a semi-full picture of its ratings are known for the first two episodes, less than 1,500 people have watched Pioneer One‘s fourth episode on YouTube, released on October 4th, 2011. You want us to overtake TV? You want to talk about how it can provide something that TV never could or would? Viewers are gonna have to do better than that. We’re going to have to have the balls to bring it up at the water cooler. We’re going to need to be willing to discuss it at least the way we would a Sundance film. We need to take the “just” out of “it’s just on the web.” When someone produces something that at its core stands up against anything on any medium, we as advocates for our particular medium better step up. Not just for a pilot. But continuous. I’m not going to lie — that Pioneer One‘s producers are unable to make this their full time, somewhat lucrative job pisses me off. Doubly so because I’m partly to blame. I forgot about them. I talked it up but I didn’t champion it. It was only through dumb luck talking with Marc a week or two ago that I was reminded about the series. They’ve made it on the summer issue of Moviemaker Magazine. They won best drama pilot in 2010 for NYTVF. I gave it a full on, no-strings-attached win review. What more do you want, a cookie for watching? Fine, I’ll start baking. We want great dramas on the web, ones that are independently made and don’t sink to the lowest common denominator? We only need to get up off our asses and watch and talk about the ones that’re already here to those who don’t necessarily watch series on the web. It’s entirely that simple.

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grenator

on June 20, 2010 at 6:36pm

An okay episode, I'm looking forward to the next one. However, and it has been noted by some people in this thread, it is too short — many shows have had a double episode for a pilot so that there is enough time to introduce the protagonists well, make innuendos about their dark secrets, the past they wouldn't want to talk about. All I have seen so far was average people doing average stuff, being chewed out by their average bosses trying to solve their average dilemmas. Clichés are good for you; at least sometimes — where's your maverick agent who tell his boss to go fudge himself? Where's your computer geek? Why does Zach "Doctor Zach-Something" look like an accountant, and talk like an arrogant twat? Wouldn't it be better if he were a mildly mental megalomaniac psychopath scientist who'd sign a deal with the Devil just to get his hands on that allegedly Martian stuff the feds have (instead of crapping his pants as soon as he is asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement)?

And for the love of God kill that old-redneck-military-type-pretending-to-be-a-smartass-know-at-all guy. He's the real episode killer, telling an untrue story (Lt.Col. Petrov was not discharged, although it is something that you would likely get for drinking vodka while on duty at an ICBM base (an unnecessary remark, to say the least)) that is torturous and tedious and overstretched, and (whoops!) completely inconsequential to the story.

Don't forget to buy larger bats to beat your writers with. I wouldn't expect the actors to know, understand, and put into practice the intricacies of Russian pronunciation, but wouldn't it be nice to find a Russian person who would translate — what — 5 words for free, instead of just using machine translation? I can't even start imagining what mess there will be when our favourite cancer-ridden Martian will have regained consciousness and start talking. Guys, you're making the series for the international viewer, so pay attention to this, it's not like you have forty-seven languages to deal with.

nick

on June 20, 2010 at 5:18pm

oh, by the way I dont know much about video codec, but the end result of playing this at my end was not a smooth experience. the frames were rather stuttered.

nick

on June 20, 2010 at 5:15pm

My kind of plot.

let me guess. A secret CCP base that no one knows about still exists on Mars. But is it a ramshackle survival hut with a few surviving peons, or did itslast survivor just abandon it. What technology did they bring with them.. did they build a doomsday machine.

The candian story from 1979 is a great little tid bit... Did the team know about that, ie did they steal the old press clipping.. or by chance did they put out the exact same story that the last cover up team did. Has this happened before, and covered up already. Do the govt already know about it?

To me it looks like the martian base cant raise a peep out of the old soviet block, and want to find a purpouse before they all pass away from old age. hmm...

so.. a small number of cosonauts.. plus some equipment.. but they have to last 30-40 years. No radiation shielding.. on average one out of every two astronauts would die from radiation on a round trip to mars if they travelled as they did to the moon.

so say they left at age 30, the cosmo naughts would be 60-70+ years of age. . . surviving by themselves sounds like hardship...

So the plot thickens. such an achievement would be loudly spoken of by the communist party. What an outstanding coup. but there is no information. so its a n edge in the cold war? but to have an edge in the cold war the other side needed to know about it..

I personally would love to see a story about crazy russian cosmo naughts building a doomsday cult on Mars, but did they send an emissary to earth to report in to home, or to send a warning. Are their factions in conflict on mars? why not just open up radio communication? gotta be easier than sending a ship.

hmm there are other alternatives, like alternate universe and alternative time lines.. buts thats just the result of weak story writing. i like where its going. The son of cosmonauts got sent to make the return trip. and we are asking ourselves why?

i will be staying tuned

Ovidiu

on June 20, 2010 at 4:06pm

The scenario is really good, it promises a lot. Good job. Currently working on Romanian Subtitles for the Pilot (in order to "pay my ticket" for watching the movie :) Please inform me where can I send it, once I've finished it. And yes, art should be free, so anyone can enjoy and be inspired by it. Keep up the good work!

bayan.r

on June 20, 2010 at 3:59pm

Nice pilot. The filming generally was not so professional, but definitely an intro to a series with potential. In not into drama much but I certainly liked this one,

I like to be surprised personally so get creative director :)

This thing has potential. Currently over 15000 seeds and 3000+ downloaders less than a week judging by the comments is a sign of a hit :)

What you have here is a new form of media altogether, so the creativity here wasnt just in the story, but unlocking the true potential of torrent sharing. Two or three episodes of Pioneer One and the episodes after them will be riddled with ads.

Wish the crew and cast of Pioneer One the best of luck. Impress us guys.

anners

on June 20, 2010 at 12:25pm

Enjoyed the pilot very much... had to download an avi, though,as the mkv was out of sync on my PC. Definitely has potential! (still trying to find out how I can get the theme tune that I donated for though!) :o)

stecman

on June 20, 2010 at 12:14pm

I really like the idea - it's solid and interesting. However, I did find a few things were poorly done.

I know it's low budget, but the cinematography definitely needs a lot of work. The long, hand-held takes are very distracting from the story and even made me feel motion sick. Most of the shots feel very spur of the moment and unplanned (as if the camera person just decided to point 'over there'). Camera angles, movements (pan, tilt, dolly, etc) and shot composition really need to tell as much of the story as the dialogue does and need just as much planning and thought put into them. The apparent lack of shot planning and the lack of shots in each scene made the whole thing feel very homemade. Lighting is another important story telling element that was absent, but this can be fairly blamed on a low budget. I suggest the use of wheeled dollies (at least) and minimal use of 'shaky cam' unless appropriate to the scene.

I felt the settings were generally unconvincing (except outside the mansion which was perfect bar the boats in the background, and the operating theatre and window which was getting there). A lot of the settings were littered with 'stuff' that was just 'there' - it didn't look purposeful. Some settings also suffered from a lack of establishing shots (I was going to write that Homeland Security don't operate out of concrete cells but flicked through to double check and found that they had been moved to an old airbase...I had completely missed that the first time around). Establishing shots are also important in the long run because viewers immediately know when they are in a familiar setting (like the repeatedly used shot of the 'FBI' headquarters building in Flashforward).

Another issue was that the recorded sound is a bit muffled and voices do not sound 'hearty' or full; they are a little tinny and volume is inconsistent throughout the episode (and within scenes). This is possibly a hardware quality issue but could also be mic placement or mixing. II also found there were too many ‘silences’ where there was either a lack of background noise/activity/foley or a lack of ambient sound/music. There is never true silence is the real world, so these spaces of complete silence feel like voids. Exaggeration and planned use of foley can really add a sparkle to any scene.

The writing also needs to be more concise and less blatant. Not much ground was covered in this episode (I know it’s to see if people like the idea so don’t bite my head off) and characters aren’t developed or really introduced at all. The cell phone call to the mansion guy really dragged on as it was six minutes long and only had one shot of each person. The call could have been much more concise (there was a lot of pausing and unnecessary pleasantries), although, left at full length it would have really added something to have cut in footage of the ICBM warning story as it was being told.

There was quite a few times where information wasn’t given to the audience before it was talked about. It is critical that the audience knows exactly what the characters’ know and how the characters found out about it, otherwise there is confusion when characters start to talk about something that (as far as the audience knows) they haven’t learned yet. It can’t be assumed that the audience know anything.

Last point on the writing - usually after watching one episode of any series (it doesn’t even have to be the first episode) I can at least remember the main characters names. After watching this episode and then flicking through it again twice, I have no clue what any of the characters’ names are or what their positions/jobs/ranks/purposes are. It is important that the audience knows who each character is and a little bit about them so they are familiar and relatable. Characters (and settings) that do not have a long appearance (like the astronomers) should be very stereotypical (eg. Scientists wear white lab coats and have lots of equipment in their space). This makes them relatable to the audience despite their lack of screen time.

While the acting is not bad, there is a distinctive lack of involvement/emotion. It feels like the actors don't really believe what they are saying as they don’t react naturally or show much expression through face and body. The doctor character for instance sounds too uncertain/not confident enough for his job, with too many thinking pauses and uses of the word of 'um'.

Overall I think it's a good start on a great (mega-awesome) idea; it just needs to be polished. I guess my final note would be tighten everything up (make it concise) and plan every aspect of every shot! Hope this helps,

Stecman

vette

on June 20, 2010 at 9:49am

http://www.addic7ed.com/serie/Pioneer_One/1/1/Episode_1

vette

on June 20, 2010 at 9:46am

I really enjoyed it!!!I and cannot wait for the other episodes.

vic

on June 20, 2010 at 8:27am

Looking really good ! I found that except for some secondary characters, the acting was quite convincing. I for the for one enjoy the fact that not everything is dumbed down and that the spectator is sometimes left guessing. The lead character is not a strong hero leader type, and that's a good thing. Some other characters however seem a little caricatural, but one episode is too little to judge.

You need to go further in the way of treating the viewer like an intelligent person, and *not* try to imitate mainstream shows. The goal is not to brainwash the audience to sell them more soda. Something else that could use some improvement is scientific accuracy and plausibility, quite important to sci-fi fans.

Last thing : by all means make some subtitles before release and embed them in the mkv, I'll definitely donate more if it is the case.

ryanmercer

on June 20, 2010 at 8:01am

Liked the pilot! Donated 5 bucks, all I can afford (had to preorder my iPhone 4) if I remember I'll donate some more next pay day!

trax76

on June 20, 2010 at 7:41am

Thanks!

trax76

on June 20, 2010 at 7:40am

Thanks!

atratus

on June 20, 2010 at 5:58am

No, Balkonur *is* in the Russian Federation. It happens to be a portion of the Russian Federation that is completely surrounded by Kazakhstan. There is a 200 mile zone around the base that is Russian territory. Look it up on Google Earth with the boundaries turned on and you will see the perfect circle of Russia inside of Kazakhstan. The "Russian Federation" is the caption is technically correct.

Likewise, the use of ZX Spectrum knock-off on Mir is no indication of what was in use on the ground. More robust electronics are used when radiation is a problem. Case in point, the processors on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers are 8-bit 8088 or 8086 (I can't remember which ATM) processors.

pioneer1 is trash

on June 20, 2010 at 5:34am

to the last poster, CSIS and the FBI are NOT the same thing and you seem like a wikipedia expert to be honest. It would be our FAA equiv monitoring the airspace but it would go straight to the RCMP in particular because the "crash" was in AB and was strewn apparently across half the province and on down into Montana.

We'd also of course politely tell the Homeland Security to eff off if they asked to come in and "take over" so it's all moot.

chrysalis

on June 20, 2010 at 3:52am

I originally wrote a message, but it got deleted.

For a first time pilot this was okay. I like the concept and I think there is merit for it to be explored fufther.

However the entire pilot is slow to get anywhere. There are times when dialogue is simply narration. There is nothing special in any of the dialogue. The whole pilot shown in a normal TV show has to be comrpessed into 5-7 minutes. The resolutions, the revelations and the cliff hangers were all missing.

The camera work was sloppy. Far too many times people are lookign at something semi off screen and as viewers we really don't see it. Locations could have been better or were improperly used.

Second of all, no background research was done. NORAD monitors with the help of several ground observation sites everything floating in space from the size of a breadbox. A Soyuz capsule would have been immediately noticeable. It would have also landed more along the equator.

The debris would have been handled in the U.S. jointly by NASA and the FAA. The debris of a nuclear battery has minimal radiation and the amount of damage it would do to humans is slight.

The United States Army has Special Forces units which specialise in the retrieval of downed planes and satellites around the world. They also have been trained to speak foreign languages.

The corresponding agency of the FBI to the U.S. is the CSIS. While this case would be handled by the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces - Intelligence Branch.

livens

on June 20, 2010 at 3:09am

Great film! I wasnt sure what to expect from this sort of thing but I was truly impressed!

I grew up watching shows like classic Dr. WHo and Red Dwarf so I can easily ignore some low budjetness as long as the story is entertaining, and it was. Actually I would rather it stay low-budget(although Im sure the makers wouldnt :)), I like the feel of it.

The only negative thing I could say about it would be the conversations between characters was a little drawn out at times. Could have been shortened up and had the same effect in the movie.

Also I was disappointed not to see the actual pilot(not the pilot as in the film, but the man/woman who was in the capsule). Since this character seems to be a major one it would have been nice to see them.

Cant wait for the next one! Dont make us wait too long!

autech

on June 20, 2010 at 2:12am

I am downloading the film now, and, would like to applaud you all for your efforts in realising a free project to show the real world applications for bittorent technology. More and more legitimate people putting their weight behind this technology is needed to make it the next form of commercial distribution meeting the needs of both the public and corporate machine, something that people like thepiratebay and Demonoid, Isohunt and others have forced as an issue through not entirely legal means. But, they were and are a means to an end, and a legitimate one in so many senses, most of all practicality and convenience, the latter of which is the fuel that drives all new technology.

kellaris

on June 20, 2010 at 1:01am

I really enjoyed it, although the characters do need to be "explained more". I watched the first episode and know nothing about the characters background. Will I continue to watch the upcoming episodes? Absofuckinglutely :)

static416

on June 19, 2010 at 11:45pm

I'd say it was a good effort, but it seems like if you are shooting for the nerdier audience, realism might be your best friend here. I gave you guys some money cause I want to support this sort of thing, but you'll need to change some things to make this work.

- What is the scene at the beginning where some guy is walking down some stairs? Is that on Mars? Is that in Russia? You couldn't get a tripod for the camera?

- Why would they store martian rocks on what looks like a table infront of someones house? Couldn't at least find a friend with access to a barn or a warehouse? Why would he bring back a handful of rocks? Wouldn't either be a lot more or none?

- Why wouldn't the Russians be bragging all over the place about how they landed people on Mars?

- Why would an agent of homeland security be using a Macbook Pro from 6 years ago with a giant "HOMELAND SECURITY" sticker on it? You couldn't borrow a newer laptop from somewhere?

And generally, I think having the main characters working for a giant government agency was a poor choice, just because those agencies are typically flashy and well funded, which you can't reproduce on a limited budget.

It would have been a better choice to go with some random nerds finding the capsule, and filming it themselves. Then you can get away with the shakey cam, limited set design, setting things in basements because that makes sense with that story.

If you wanted to transition from one to the other, you could have the agents go AWOL as result of their decision in this episode. Then it would make sense if they were hiding in basements and had crappy gear.

You can't get near normal TV in terms of CGI or tech. So you have to go with dialogue, story, and grittiness that makes sense. Tailor the story more to the budget constraints that you have.

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