Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What is Kirill?

A while back, the DBM Group (London, UK) along with Digital Studios Microsoft MSN, asked my opinion on a new Sci-fi project of theirs, a ten episode series called Kirill, which can be viewed here, along with a brief introduction to the concept. These ten episodes are only the prequel to a much bigger drama that Digital Studios are aiming to get off the ground for early next year.

After watching the first few episodes, I was very intrigued. In the first episode we are introduced to Kirill, a desperate scientist and inventor, locked in a room with computers and retro-machines of questionable function that he is constantly fiddling with, juri-rigging and fixing up with pathetic materials including the all-purpose duct tape. Kirill madly works on some experiment as the days and nights pass by and he continues his obsessive quest to find a contact—the right contact—to deliver an important message. The episodes are meted out in small vignettes and comprise mostly of Kirill’s dark thoughts in his humble cell as the plot unfolds in a fractal puzzle. What is his important message? Why is he being detained, by who and what is intended for him?

When I went on the Kirill website, I found the premise quite intriguing:

Three scientists have vanished.
Two bloggers are under siege.
One man has an urgent message to deliver.
None of them are safe.

In a nightmarish hideaway, a desperate fugitive is risking his life to get a warning through to the outside world…

… And on the streets of London, a journalist and a college drop-out try to find out why research labs are being invaded by soldiers, before they become this sinister army’s next victims.

Meanwhile, a faceless and growing enemy is determined to hunt down all three and stop them finding each other, and getting the answers they need.

The longer the hunt takes, the hungrier the hunters become.
Five Episodes have already aired.

You can view the first four episodes on their site. Let me know what you think. I am finding it fascinating so far.

Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit Visit for more about her writing.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

This is a completely new thing to me. Thanks for telling me all about it.

Nina Munteanu said...

Lemme know what you think, Jean-Luc. I find it intriguing...not sure where the show is going. I like its edgy atmosphere. Good acting. I find it amazing how they can compell you to watch without showing much in the say of action. It's more about getting you to imagine what MAY happen... the "unknown dread"... LOL! The ultimate Hitchcock trick

Jean-Luc Picard said...

If it comes our way, I will.