I want to Believe.
But what I actually do know is that there are people out in space. But they are on a space station named the ISS which is orbiting the Earth. I want to believe that there still are something more of our presence out there in the endless space. The plot of this pilot starts out with an object crashing on the border of Canada and the US and spreads radiation. As the U.S. suspects a terrorist scheme they send out a crew of agents from the Homeland Security to deal with the matter. What follows is what the episode is better at telling.
The story of Pioneer One is such an original idea that it after a while constantly draws one like a magnet trying to get one’s attention to follow the plot. It is understandable that it is award-winning pilot episode at the Festival for Independent Television. However the episode suffers from some dull acting and the main character does not make it very appealing to keep on watching. But there are others who do and they make it up for these other performances as they add some other perspectives to the scenes. One can also draw clear connections to other series in which characters questions the publicly accepted ideas and start digging through the past. However this differ in ways that are considerably more interesting and gives the viewer some deeper thoughts into world events that has shaped our world and our minds as it question fundamental ideas currently viewed as the truth.
The set and scenography are not that developed and this makes one wonder what kind of resources the Homeland Security really works with. Even though as it comes to this crew being dispatched for a short period, they have to face a lot of work and that would probably include more resources to work with in reality. It also does not get that interesting when the scenes seem to take place in the same settings. The script does however keep a good balance between dialogue and action which gives the episode a rather smooth pace. It is not trying too hard and that is something positive. Being too much in the beginning would probably had lost one viewer after this introductory episode but as it progresses it opens up for bolder statements for the viewer to consider.
To close, the pilot presents another crowdfunded production that has potential but unfortunately it shows that it has some way to go until it reaches its full potential. One can only hope that it will during the first season, that would be one small step for the movie industry but one giant leap for crowdfunding. You can follow the first season of Pioneer One at VODO.
Technology failed me during the writing of this review and everything had to be rewritten as the autosave function had forgotten its purpose. Hope you can forgive your sincere author as the author forgave the autosave function.
The creators of Pioneer One has started working with a new project and it is named Control which got funding in May earlier in 2012.
There are a number of downloadable versions through the P2P-torrenting technique at the links below.