In the near future, a lauded botanist who has opted for a prison sentence on Mars in a lone scientific outpost nears the end of his sentence successfully until he encounters something in the Martian soil.
A young woman aspiring to become a ballet dancer is plagued by the presence of a mysterious man. Things intensify when she becomes comatose and her parents must make a decision that holds her life in the balance.
After ignoring his roommate's advice and skipping out on work, a young man discovers a gorgeous unconscious woman who is completely naked on the beach. How he handles the situation has repercussions for both him and his roommate.
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The acting is so bad it made me feel uncomfortable just watching it. I was embarrassed for these actors because it was obvious to me they must not have any idea how awful they are as far as acting goes. Any one that worked on the first 3 episodes should consider an alternate career. From the script, actors, and straight on down to the direction, it is not worth watching. It isn't even worthy of a review but my desire to spare someone else was much to strong to ignore.
I grew up hotly anticipating the annual 24-hour Twilight Zone marathon broadcasted on KTLA's Channel 5 in Los Angeles, and revered Rod Serling as its creator and narrator. So while that's the stuff of legends and should invalidate every other effort that doesn't achieve that same remarkable greatness, I go the opposite way by seeking out anything like it and with an eye toward what it may become.
In that context, The Back Pages shows great promise as an anthology of self-contained episodes. The plots are intriguingly crafted and each meet their individual obligations of a cohesive through-line. It's arguably a little bit of piling on to see other consumers poorly review this series to the extent they do, as it's the DIY heart in film and music that have so often attracted the eyes and ears of those who can then subsequently breathe air (and money) into their futures.
This isn't Black Mirror. Just like demos of your favorite band crafting their nascent big tunes in a garage isn't Dark Side of the Moon. But in context, these are the types of shows that deserve a consumer audience with the hope that industry big wigs will green-light more of this spirited programming.
I really wanted this series to be stronger. It is clearly a response to black mirror, but it has some fatal flaws. The stories, and universes that need to be created to support those stories, are so large that a big chunk of each episode is spent in exposition explaining things to the audience. Then because the episodes are so short they have to rush through the story without giving anything time to land. Also, the series is somewhat self congratulatory when it has no business being, For example, in the episode about a dancer, the choreography was easy but well constructed. The actress was solidly OK as a technician, and the person behind the camera clearly had no experience with dance for camera, so naturally there were extended dance scenes, acceptably executed, and poorly shot, with triumphal music playing in the background.
The Back Pages is an interesting sci-fi anthology series in the style of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone. I'm a big fan of these types of anthology series and The Back Pages shows a lot of promise. Each episode is short (12-20 mins long), which is great for me when I often don't have a lot of time to watch a full movie. While this is an indie production that can't match the budget of a Black Mirror -- I mean, who can? -- there are a lot of creative ideas in The Back Pages, which is a testament to skills of the writer/director. I particularly liked the first installment which reminded me of aspects of Moon and Annihilation. I hope there's a second season of The Back Pages. If you're interested in indie sci-fi, I would highly recommend checking out The Back Pages.
A Brand new original web-series @theBackPages is originally fresh and original. I thought I was watching a Prime Series at first! Their #SciFi twists were great! It feels like a modern day #twilightzone I cannot wait for a season two! To know that they filmed this in Northern California a far cry from Hollywood is absolutely amazing! This is why the #productionvalue is so high! Great locations to help craft the stories originality! For the budget and the resources they did a marvelous job! Season 2 ahead for 2020! 6 stars next year!
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
When I saw some of the low reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is one of my favorite genres, so I dove in. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! It was clear that thought went behind each storyline and that the writer actually liked and had hope for humanity in spite of all that is wrong with humanity. And I love that. I want to think. I want to be intrigued. I don't want to be thrown into a state of depression about the where the world's going. Kudos to all involved.
This is an incredible, original series. I was blown away by the episodes, one after another, ingenious, mesmerizing , haunting, weird and even adorable at times. It's so refreshing to see a show reminiscent of Tales from the Darkside or Twilight Zone but still with it's own unique style. Hats off, highly recommend!!