There is something fascinating about the fact that it is still possible to make a piece of content about three or four white guys in their 20s goofing around (a genre of comedy so old that I’m sure it’s in Aristotle’s Poetics somewhere) that manages to also be distinctively fresh. Of course, a good premise goes a long way in helping with that.
The what-meets-what description of Remember When, an indie series which launched yesterday, would probably be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets The Hangover. But to cast it in that light doesn’t spotlight the original execution, clever writing and hilarious performances. What happens is simple: Elisha (Elisha Yaffe) gets injured during an “amateur wrestling incident” and loses all of his memories. Feeling guilty, his buddies decide to help him get them back by making him relive those moments through re-enactments. Because they are morons, though, this proves to be difficult — but hilarious.
The first three episodes to be produced run a little long at 10 minutes each but are broken up nicely into vignette segments, and production values are top-notch without feeling too polished (which might have made the show feel inauthentic). Not all the characters get equal treatment: Randy (Randy Liedtke) is a hilarious foil, but Alex (Alexander Barrett) feels a little underutilized, while the jerkiness of Curt (Curt Neill) at times dominates the three first episodes. However, Elisha in his amnesiac stupor is actually a pretty sweet emotional anchor for the show, especially in the third episode, when he’s forced to re-enact his break-up with Claire (Codi Fischer) — which does not go according to plan.
Ten episodes of the series, which were produced and largely self-funded by Yaffe, Neill and art collective TIWWI, have been scripted and are in pre-production. Via phone, Yaffe (who previously worked for Warner Bros. Studio 2.0) said that they’ve already been approached by some distributors and producers about the show’s future — he hopes to find “a destination site to relaunch the show with all ten episodes.”
Which is good for them, because they needed some help to even finish the first three episodes — fortunately, Kickstarter was able to help. Turning to the fundraising service to raise money for the completion of post-production, Remember When was able to raise over $2,000 by its April 13th deadline. The money left over will go towards the production of future episodes, which Yaffe teases will revolve around “Claire and Curt battling for the future of Elisha’s memory, as each of them have a vested interest in shaping Elisha’s idea of what his life was like prior to the wrestling accident.” If you ask me, that’s how you take a good premise and make it better.
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