December 19, 2012 11:00 AM Subscribe
This past August, producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects
) launched a new digital series: H+
. The premise: in the near future, 33% of humanity has retired their smartphones, tablets and computers in favor of an implanted computer system, H+
, which connects them directly to the internet 24/7. The story begins as a computer virus attacks the implants, killing billions. In intersecting storylines across four continents (told in part through flashbacks,) the series then unravels what happened, who caused it and why.
In the storyline, the H+ System was developed by Nano Teoranta
, which was originally a medical device company.
H+ has financial backing from Warner Bros (reportedly $2 million USD,) was shot in Santiago, Chile and is almost done airing its first season.
The first season of the series takes place over 48 episodes lasting between four and eight minutes, for a total running time of 255 minutes. Though Warner Digital Distribution plans to release the series on a weekly basis, like any regular series, the episodes are meant to be viewed differently than anything on TV.
"We set out to write a nonlinear story," explains series co-writer and co-creator John Cabrera. "The big question for this disjointed story was whether there were ways to view it that felt good. At a certain point we started to realize that might be something we put into the hands of the audience."
The fragmented nature of the short episodes means viewers are encouraged to mix and match to create episodic playlists that may better illuminate the show's intricate, ongoing mysteries. Instead of making watching a passive experience, being online encourages interaction.
New episodes premiere Wednesdays at 12pm PST. The series is broken up into ‘chapter’ playlists of 20-30 minutes each:
Chapter 1: The Beginnings
(Also see a new annotated playlist
for Chapter 1)
Chapter 2: Foreign Bodies
Chapter 3: Connections
Chapter 4: Malfunctions
Chapter 5: New Visions
Chapter 6: Convergences
Chapter 7: Residual Effects
Cast Interviews and Behind the Scenes Footage
/ Official Site
/ Facebook (requires login)
/ Wikipedia (Includes cast list)