Inhuman Condition, Episodes 1 - 20
The series stars Torri Higginson as Dr. Kessler, a therapist who specializes in dealing with individuals with inhuman abilities. Her role mostly serves as a catalyst of introducing us to three of her patients, all which play a critical role to the main plot. Kessler is also challenged in understanding the troubles of her clients and trying to help them, while at the same time coming to terms with her own morality and views of certain issues that arise during sessions.
One of the things I love about this series is how it intentionally parallels and addresses real life issues and controversial topics through the plights of the patients. Linc is a werewolf dealing with racism (humans considering werewolves to be inherently dangerous rapid animals, criminals and terrorists by default) and has anger due to this continued systematic oppression and persecution he has dealt with all his life, leading him to becoming a activist. Clara has acquired a "living dead disease", slowly turning into a zombie and she is tired of waiting for a cure that will likely never come, and wants to end her prolonged suffering through the means of euthanasia, which Kessler is reluctant to sign permission for. Tamar is a girl with a mystery, unpredictable and dangerous ability that causes her to have massive anxiety in fear of stirring a reaction, focusing more on the complications of battling these anxieties and wanting/needing someone to trust (and someone to trust her) when it comes to her disability and to make her own choices.
Which is why Tamar is my favorite character of the series, so far. I love each character and what they bring, but Tamar's story just fascinates me. Part of it is because I relate to her anxiety issue quite a bit, but overall she has the most interesting storyline of the series.
Everything surrounding her powers is such an enigma. We don't know where they originated from or even the limitations of what she can do. We are literally introduced to her after she spent almost her entire life contained in a single facility after she was brought there as a child after an incident which killed hundreds of people due to her ability, and she has basically been sheltered away from the world. Her own anxieties about her powers and what she can do, having immense guilt over what happened, that is utterly heartbreaking. Of course as the series goes on you learn a little bit more about her, and it was revealed in one of the recent episodes that what happened wasn't entirely an accident. She recalls the memory of that day, and after basically being made fun of by her classmates and yelled at by a teacher she wished them all to go away -- and they did, resulting into the catastrophic incident. And part of her wanted it to happen, and she never told anyone that because she was afraid of what they would do to her. This adds more layers and complexity to her character and her storyline. And it really makes you wonder about whether it was the right decision to keep her locked away separate from the world without her understanding and getting a handle on her abilities, and why nobody thought it was a good idea to socialize her earlier. Basically, people were afraid of her power, thus afraid of her, tried to contain it, but we're starting to see how this could ultimately backfire. Tamar is a young woman who has never gotten a chance to really experience life, and she still being monitored, and who is beginning to understand the unfairness of her captivity. What happens if she fights back? What if she starts experimenting with the limits of what her powers can do? And that's what's so interesting to me in regards to her arc, because even she doesn't know the full extent of her powers since she's been so terrified of using it and trying to get her emotions, her anxiety, under control from unleashing it, so what happens when she finally let's go?
And then there's her relationship with Graham, which I've been quite dubious about. Aside from the power imbalance of that relationship alone, I'm not entirely certain Graham himself is trustworthy. Part of me thinks that, while he may like her, he may also be taking advantage of her. But I saw someone mention a particular theory which I'm very fascinated by: early on, Tamar mentions the extent of which she knows about her powers, from things disappearing to colors on clothes changing, but another thing is having people readily agree with her more frequently which makes her think she is controlling them in some way. Like, she willed them to agree with her. What if she did that to Graham unknowingly? What if her emotions and feelings for him were so strong that she accidentally willed him to have feelings for her as well?
I don't know, I just really love Tamar. The actress playing her gives a tremendous performance, from the mannerisms and way of speaking to demonstrate the difficulties of overcoming anxiety, of trying to remain in control, and seeing the way the character gradually evolve from every episode she appears in. She makes it so you're terrified of what Tamar could become but also want to hug and protect her and tell her everything is going to be okay. There is so much potential with the way they could go with her character and I'm excited to see where it leads.
My second favorite character would have to be Clara, since her story is also quite tragic.
I love how she's not afraid of saying what's on her mind. I love how, like Linc, she isn't above expressing her passionate opinions and thoughts and challenging Kessler of her viewpoints, especially the way she views her condition and her personal decisions. She calls her out on her hypocrisy, particularly when Kessler is trying to emotionally manipulate her into not wanting assisted suicide without really giving her a proper reason. Clara has a lot of anger, she is frustrated with her condition and how she is basically slowly dissolving, and you feel for her when she expressing her opinions and her decisions and how she is both lonely and exhausted with how things have turned out. Euthanasia is a very controversial topic in general and it's not often discussed often, so using it in this context, of someone slowly disintegrating from becoming a zombie with absolutely no cure in sight, is a fantastic way of viewing this particular issue.
Clara and Linc's relationship is very interesting, since they started off as online "frenemies" as they said, but through their mutual loneliness and needing someone through the hardships they're currently suffering they found each other. It started off as doing something reckless, but it turned into something much more, and Clara is now scared that she is going to break Linc's heart because of her decision of wanting to die. It's interesting because, from Kessler's perspective, this would've been a solid situation to help both of them out, for them to need someone to not be so lonely and want to look to the future. But as Clara recently stated, she's back to where she was before but now has to worry about what her decision would do to Linc.
I'm interested to see the outcome of her storyline, whether she will go through with the assisted suicide or not, and of course what will happen with her and Linc.
Overall: I am really enjoying this series. I like the tone, the way the episodes are constructed, the music, KindaTV really upped their production value game up, and I particularly like that it isn't done with a single shot or two like with their other webseries. It is quite a suspenseful and thought-provoking character drama, with some plot being revealed with each passing episode. I'm very curious to see where this all leads to. Also, because this is KindaTV, the series does feature LGBT characters, with both Kessler and Linc being bisexual.
The series is still ongoing, and I don't know how many episodes it will eventually have and whether it will be getting a second season, but I highly recommend this especially for people who like Carmilla, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Welcome To Night Vale.
(I also want to thank vibes for introducing me to this series, which is rather odd since I do follow KindaTV for Carmilla and seeing Natasha Negovanlis doing her various segments, so I don't know how this one almost slipped past my radar. I'm glad it didn't, though.)