Yet another bizarre webseries has hit the net, but this one has a big budget and a real actor. MSN UK has debuted a miniseries called Kirill, about a heroic blogger 50 years in the future who tries to save us all from a horrendous disaster. The blogger's played by David Schofield (Gladiator, Pirates Of The Caribbean), and a staff of 50 people worked on Kirill for six months. But is it any good? See for yourself — the first episode is below.
At first glance, it's pretty hard to watch. It's one of the grimmest things I've ever seen, and I've watched student productions of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. The first couple of three-minute episodes seem to consist of just Schofield acting his heart out in a grim post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. (You can take a drink now.) It's not entirely clear to me what the plot of Kirill is, but it seems as though Schofield's character is trying to communicate with our time, 50 years in his past, and warn us about some future disaster. And (shockingly) the Large Hadron Collider is involved. MSN UK will post two three-minute episodes per week, for the next five weeks. And there's some kind of vague interactive component, to do with MSN's instant messenger tool "Live Search" and MSN's social network. Maybe you can communicate with a dying blogger in a ravaged world 50 years from now? Your guess is as good as mine. Here's the trailer: