LEAP YEAR: Fictional Web Series About Silicon ValleyAugust 24, 2012
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Web series, I love you like a two-dollar whore. Not only are you easily accessible and ridiculously convenient, but also you consistently come out with incredible content that continues to blow my mind. First you gave me “Burning Love”, that took comedic satire to a God like level, and then you threw the unbelievably interesting dystopic “Electric City” at me.
Now you give me “Leap Year”: An extremely well done office dramedy that tackles the struggles of a startup company with the perfect amount of hilarity and heart. I have a strange feeling that I have now become resident web series girl, and I absolutely love it.
The web series “Leap Year” was created by Wilson Cleveland and premiered in 2011. It is presented by the insurance company Hiscox and has a slew of support from many companies that can personally relate to its story. So why haven’t we heard about it until now? Well like every great web series no one knows about it. Besides the gorgeous Eliza Dushku (“Tru Calling”, BRING IT ON) it stars relative unknowns, and that tends to put people off.
I’m frankly sick of watching films starring Keanu Reeves staring into my soul with his frightfully sensitive eyes. I welcome the change. Not to mention the writing is superb, and the characters are neurotically perfect. It is absolutely horrifying to me that “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” is better known than this. Lets change that.
“Leap Year” follows the story of five friends who are unceremoniously “released” from their jobs at the Gemini Corporation by CEO, and unapologetic douchebag, Andy Corvell. Their only consolation prize is a goodbye tire and their painful memories. Putting their faith in a mysterious business competition Jack, Aaron, Olivia, Bryn, and Derek are recruited to compete amongst each other for the ultimate prize, $500,000. Struggling to maintain, or even acquiring, clients plagues them throughout. Throw in some lawsuits, moral ambiguity, and a possibly communist Russian engineer, and you’ve got yourself season one.
Season two takes the story even further by propelling the five to Silicon Valley to continue developing their brilliant holographic messaging prototype, C3D. However, nothing is as easy as it sounds, and the gang finds themselves in hot water over a truly unfortunate interview promise and a ransacked office.
What makes “Leap Year” is the characters and their relationships with each other. Jack (Drew Lanning) is the charismatic de facto leader that uses his skills as a publicist to motivate his friends, and sleep with anything that has a pulse. Aaron (Yuri Baranovsky) is a financial analyst with a pessimistic Woody Allen type personality, and a pregnant wife. Olivia (Daniela Dilorio) is an outspoken business consultant that loves cake, and has issues with morality. Bryn (Alexis Boozer) is the epitome of punk-goth, but has unbelievable programming skills, and a chatty imaginary friend.
Finally we have Derek. Derek (Wilson Cleveland, the series creator) is a recruiter and Aaron’s older brother who enjoys self-deprecation, and has fabulous taste in scarves. Together they work through their personal drama to get C3D off the ground, and do so with friendship and continuous humor.
I have to give a shout out to the great supporting cast as well. Eliza Dushku is perfect as the sultry June Pepper, and Dustin Toshiyuki truly encompasses the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire Glenn Cheeky. Don’t even get me started on Sergei Lenov (Matt Gantt). I didn’t even care that he did not have a hilarious Russian accent to complement his ushanka. He was just that good.
“Leap Year” is a series that will not only appeal to the wide array of people struggling with startup companies, but it will also relate to anyone that has had the determination to try something new. It’s a smart comedy, and a definite must see for anyone that lives in Silicon Valley or understands.
Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE
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