I love how Syfy Channel is incorporating more science fiction back into their lineup. I was worried for a while that they might have to rename the channel because the programming wasn’t really matching their name. Thankfully, they seem to be on the road to fixing that.
INCORPORATED, a recent series from producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, was canceled after a single season, however it is a bold offering and a testament to an attempt at quality, original programming. Despite its cancelation, INCORPORATED is a heck of a show, and it’s still worth watching.
If you are not familiar with INCORPORATED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS and Paramount
Set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power, INCORPORATED follows Ben Larson (Sean Teal, “Reign”), a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves. But he’ll soon learn that he’s not the only one whose secrets may have deadly consequences. In addition to Teale, the series stars Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (“24), Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”), Allison Miller (“Terra Nova”), and Eddie Ramos (“Teen Wolf”), with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as Executive Producers.
One of the biggest positives for me is the use of technology to help tell the story. The futuristic sophistication of their tech is a focal point in the storyline, but it’s only a part of it. The human drama involved is what really drives it, which in turn makes the high tech imagery an integral partner.
INCORPORATED is shot well and looks great onscreen. As mentioned, the special effects really pop and look slick alongside the storyline. The acting is also great, with Sean Teale headlining a terrific cast.
But where INCORPORATED really shines is in its ability to draw in the viewer without forcing a major knowledge-infusion upon him or her. Unlike GAME OF THRONES, which makes the viewer learn a whole new world and the rules that govern it, INCORPORATED is content to remain starkly familiar and yet enticingly different. This casual air allows the dramatic elements to unfold in an eye-catching and yet fantastic setting.
INCORPORATED is a win for me, and I recommend it. Look past the fact it was canceled, and give it a watch nonetheless. It’s entertaining and engaging fun. It is available now.