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25 July 2014 @ 08:08 am
Warning: Musical Hallucinations  
Sometimes I go on the spiral of finding things online and getting addicted to them (ex: most of my fandoms), and I recently discovered a new webseries that I quite enjoy.

Side Effects is a musical drama series where a household of five siblings are trying to cope in their own ways with the fact that, after the death of their mother, their father has up and abandoned them and they have no idea where he is. The main character, Whitney, takes medication for depression and one of the side effects of the medication? Musical hallucinations. During certain moments she goes into musical fantasy scenarios as means of coping with the harsh realities of what is happening in her life, from the loss of her parents and the dysfunction of her family, to the bullies in her school. It also helps tell the story in a unique way.

Depending on how well they're made, certain web shows can be a hit-or-miss for me, but personally I really like Side Effects a whole lot. It has high production quality, I like the contrast of the vivid hallucinated imagery with the grim reality these kids have to go through, and I have to say they do drama very well for a webseries; the pacing is good, not too long or short as I believe each season is about four episodes, and I like the ensemble cast. Overall, the concept, these characters, everything about series has me hooked.

They had their second season a couple months ago (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4), and with waiting for S3 it makes me curious about what will happen in the next chapter for this family.
Current Mood: accomplished
Sylviarheasilvia on July 25th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
This sounds extremely interesting - I will definitely check it out! Thank you for the rec, I'd never even heard of this series.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 26th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. :)

And yeah, had it not been for a couple of my favorite Youtube people featured in this, I probably would have never heard about it, either. Just goes to show that if you look in the right places, you'll discover something nifty.
Sydney1lastdanceluv on July 27th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Wow, this sounds interesting. These kinds of shows always interest me. Thanks for the rec!
Renée: Babydoll. Center stage.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :D

It's quite awesome, and I didn't expect to like it as much as I do, but it's very well done and I like how it's not too long, but still manages to capture the story with what is happening with these kids. And the musical parts just add that something different for the storytelling, and it's nicely done too.
an idea is bulletproof: Chuck - Awesomeelizalavelle on July 27th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
That actually sounds pretty cool. I like musical anything and it sounds like they're taking on some interesting material. Thanks for sharing!