Has anyone else seen this?? I feel so bad for Rosario Dawson for having starred in Gemini Division. That’s so mean, isn’t it?…Yeah, it really is but this thing is also just really bad, really poorly done. This actually reminds me a lot of a webseries I was on back in the early 00s – we were out shooting with handhelds in an old drive in and relied mostly on CGI…this thing has the same effect. They had more money though than we.
I stumbled across this bad, bad boy on Netflix and I dig Rosario (seriously girl, I think you’re pretty amazeballs so please don’t take the whole “why the fuck did you do this thing??” too personally!!) and it said it was a television show and looked intriguing so I went, “Yay!”. 40 minutes later I paused to take a break and went, “Oh my gosh, are you freaking kidding me??? I have a whole other hour to get through?? Dammit.” Yeah…Googled it after and it seems this wasn’t a television show but a web series done in 2008, or sort of a web series anyway. According to Wiki, this was originally done in 5 to 7 minute long episodes that aired on NBC.com as well as being shown to some cable subscribers on their t.v. via On Demand. Knowing it’s a web series makes it a little less forgivable but still. Just still.
Okay, so Rosario plays this chick, Anna Diaz, who used to be a cop. Then she meets this too good to be true dude named Nick, who well, really was too good to be true because he was a SiM (which is exactly what you think it is – a simulated life form). Robot Boy (is that politically correct to call him Robot Boy?? Cause I’m gonna) is a military deserter (cause that’s why SiM’s were created to just go be soldiers to keep down the whole people dying thing) along with the rest of his SiM company. For whatever reason, this particular troop’s thingamajigs malfunctioned and now they’re all “We wanna be human and live!!!”. Unfortch for them they all have expiration dates and eventually we find out that Robot Boy is trying to artificially inseminate the love of his life, Anna, whom I think he met like three weeks earlier. But it’s like totes romantical that he’s doing this without her knowledge – knocking her up with something that’s never been seen before and nobody has any idea what will happen – because he thinks she’s bee-ay-yoo-tiful. Obvis, that makes robot/alien/human baby making FINE. MEN, I swear. *sighs*
Anywho, Nick gets killed right after he proposes to Anna and then Anna gets picked up by these people called Gemini Division who’s a group that hunts down SiMs, I guess, and then she starts working for them so she can get all the secrets and the rest of the thing is her calling a “friend”, i.e. the viewer, on some phone link thing and having conversations with the occasional flashback thrown in for explanation.
The main issue here, minus the inane plot, is that 95% of this is green screened and the CGI is soooo bad. So bad. So cheesy. Anna and some wack dude she picks up in Mexico City have some sort of weapons that shoot circular laser beams and it’s like watching Tom & Jerry all over again. Oy. SO not good. The entire series is simply the link conversations which can work as a format in small doses. Sometimes we need exposition, people! Seriously. And the plot?? Okay, SiMs and Gemini. Check. Anna. Check. Then a whole bunch of freaking random people thrown in, including a 19 year old former junkie who’s also a genius heiress, that just ends with a convoluted…convolution? Oh, you know what I’m trying to say right? I got the distinct impression that by about halfway through this, Rosario herself was wondering why she’d agreed to this. I could almost just feel the waves of embarrassment rolling off her. Poor thing, you just wanna give her a hug.
I dunno, I’m sure this is a cult classic for some people out there and I know better than most the limitations of doing a web series. I just think that if you have money and sponsorships, your product should look better than something I made with no money and sponsorships when I was 24. Just sayin’.
Posted on 2013.26.September, in American Indie and tagged gemini division, rogue rogueness, rosario dawson, rosario is sad, web series gone bad, why is there only one cute guy in this?. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.
Oh poor Rosario. And poor you for having had to watch this.
I know. I just feel bad for everyone involved, lol.
Wow. This doesn’t even look like one of those things that’s so bad it’s funny. This is just sad
Oh, it’s so NOT one of those so bad it’s funny. You’re so dead on, lol.
This sounds as sucky as this movie I just finished called Room 33 (which might be on that DVD bundle you have that has Closets on it). This is how my draft ends:
ROOM 33 is a terrible fucking spectacle compiled of misery and pain. I encourage you to never watch this for fear you might end up harming yourself.
I think I’ve seen that!!!!!!
Do you get to see Rosario’s thingamajigs?
Unfortunately, no. That would’ve at least made it tolerable. 😦
Sounds like you’re sweet on this young lady.
Rosario is a hottie fo sho.
Your review makes me want to see it.
*giggles* I did not do my job very well then. 😉 Nah, check it out, you might totes dig it. 🙂
He he you did it so well it made me very curious. I wanna see how bad it is. It’s the tendency of humans to check out the macabre, ha ha.
True, true. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and if you do check it out, come back and let us know what you think! 🙂
Don’t feel bad for Rosario for this Cinema! SHE produced this (from what I remember). It was her own project and she was using it for a springboard for her comic at the time. She’s a super geek. This was the same strategy that Amanda Tapping used for Sanctuary, which also looked horrible, but got picked up by Syfy/nbc. Don’t let Netflix fool you, this was Rosario’s web experiment that just didn’t pan out. On the real, Miss Dawson is doing just fine hahahaha
REALLY?? I didn’t see anything on Wiki about her producing this. That makes me feel better…well, kinda…it was still pretty horrible, lol. I knew she was a super geek – they mentioned she did this right after some other sci-fi web series…crap, can’t remember the name. Haven’t heard of Sanctuary – need to see if Netflix has that one. Hey, maybe Syfy can pick up When the Lights Go Out, lol!
Hahaha wow, looks dreadful!
Not gonna lie…it was! Lol. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Yeah Geek Soul Brother is right. She’s a huge geek and loves this kind of stuff. It’s a shame it turned out so badly.
It really is. The idea was a good one just again, if you actually have money, it shouldn’t look just like something I did when I was 24, lol, ya know?
There was a webseries in the early 00s? Who knew.
I certainly didn’t! I love finding stuff like this just wish this one had been better.