Welcome back to my Sci-Fi/Fantasy recommendation column here on Stareable! If you missed my first post on The Vault, you can read it here!
- Creators: Diana Dru Botsford, Missouri State University
- Where to Watch: Vimeo via Official Site
- Starring: Jordan Fox, Jon Herbert, Sam Long, Nathan Shelton
- Overview: Scientists time-travel to 14th-century France in order to formulate a vaccine to a plague.
- Fun Fact: The series was created and developed by the Media, Journalism and Film department of Missouri State University, along with Theatre, Dance, Music, Costume Design students, and more. Consider it the most ambitious student film ever.
- Tags: plague, time travel, ensemble-driven, plot twist, historical
Taking place partly in the 1300s in France, and partly in a lab in 2012, the four protagonists of Epilogue maneuver extremely different times and places in order to search for the cure to a deadly plague that bears a striking resemblance to the Bubonic Plague. The set of 1348 France is incredible, filled with all wood and stone buildings that really give it a medieval feel. Although some of the costumes of the past are tacky, it’s an aspect that can be easily overlooked by the amazing visuals and dedication to the set and history. On the official website, each episode is accompanied by relevant historical links.
Each character rounds out the ensemble well. From the goofy, nerdy Arch, to the stern ex-marine Roz, historian Brandon Rucker, and the inventor of time travel and cure for diabetes, Dr. Samay, the four work in collaboration to form an interesting ensemble of scientists who don’t necessarily get along.
One interesting part about the series is that the characters use a serum to time travel, which Dr. Samay calls “biological time travel”. Its negative effects are explored throughout the series and a striking twist, of course, greets you near the end. It seems that the ending was left open for the possibility of a second season, but as of today, there has been no such news. However, it’s still a satisfying ending thrks.
If you think the idea of a story which takes elements of classic tales of time travel and a widespread disease, and rolls them into one neat web series, Epilogue might be a good watch for you. With an incredible score, larger-than-life set, and amazing visual effects, this miniseries will take you on a real trip through time and space.
Content warnings will follow directly after the link and image. They’re not really spoilery this time, but if you don’t want to see them, don’t scroll down!
Content Warning(s): blood, mild gore (infected are like zombies; characters get injured), violence, death