Synopsis: When physicist Sophie Clarke builds a strange machine from long-lost scientific plans she unwittingly transports Nikola Tesla to modern-day London. Unfortunately, Tesla brings another historical figure along with him: an autocratic automaton.
Review: Over the last 18 months or so. We have seen a fair few Web series pop up. And one of the many that I found was ‘Nikola Tesla and The End of the World’.
Made in 2015 and entirely a British production. The show focuses on scientist and Tesla enthusiast Sophie Clarke who builds a machine, which brings Tesla to the present day.
This is a fun web series which is a part history lesson and part science fiction adventure. Gillian MacGregor is awesome as Sophie and can educate me about Tesla with her sexy Scottish accent anytime she likes. So long as she doesn’t interrupt ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Star Trek’. Also, well cast is Paul O’Neill as Tesla.
The whole series is in five-minute episodes and the total viewing time for the whole lot is roughly 25 minutes. It’s well worth a look and rather enjoyable if you are a fan of things like ‘Doctor Who’. In fact, the character beats between Sophie and Tesla are what kept me watching. Tesla was very much the arrogant know it all whereas Sophie was the grounding force.
Mostly filmed in and around London the story goes at a fast quip. The dialogue exchanges are sharp and witty and there are moments where it feels very much like an episode of classic ‘Doctor Who’.
The conclusion is loads of fun and a little unexpected given that the villain of the piece could have pretty much have been anyone from the time of Tesla or even before. For a time I was thinking its Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes, but when you learn who it is and find out it’s a future incarnation you are blown away.
Obviously. This was made on a budget and some of the actings in parts is a little clunky, but given the budget and time that was put in. It’s a lovely little series and well worth a look if you’re looking for some witty fun that is not going to be too demanding of your time.
Nikola Tesla and the End of the World is available to view on Amazon Prime, but you can also find more about the show as well as behind the scenes stuff at teslaseries.net
- Special FX8.0
- Incidental Music9.5