Steel City Happenings: An Evening With "Theo And The Professor"
Episodic series (as they’re now referred to since we’ve been able to circumvent the television) are rising in importance as a format. Popularized by the streaming services of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, and several others, filmmakers are now able to tell a story without the constraints of a two-hour story-line. We’re now floating in a sea of serieses and I’m here to throw you a life raft, to guide you to your next adventure. A quirky, original, well-told adventure. The adventures, of Theo and the Professor.
I was fortunate enough to procure tickets to the premier of the locally produced series “Theo and the Professor”. I was rewarded with an early screening of the most fascinating mini-series I’ve seen in a long time. “Theo and the Professor” tells a story of a mismatched pair. An old man, Professor Ravenwood (Matt Schultz), versed in all things mythological and occult, and his younger partner Theo (Lance Parkin) grounded in the reality of situations that elude the aforementioned often absent-minded Professor.The classic duo of brains and sass team up to rid the world of evil forces, one case at a time.
I could try to describe the show with comparisons to other stories. There are certainly similarities to be drawn to Sherlock Holmes, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, but to describe it as such would undermine its key quality: its originality. The kind of originality you only get from an independent filmmaker, or as he prefers to describe himself “storyteller”. It all started with an idea for a character duo that creator Lance Parkin conceived one very bored afternoon. He loved the idea of it so much he shared it with his long-time friend Matt Schultz who shared his enthusiasm for the duo. Determined to bring them to life Lance labored, networked, and inspired others until he had a solid team of talent as committed to his dream as he was. The product resolved into a collective masterpiece of special effects, cinematography and a particularly enjoyable story-arc.
If you’d like to watch the adventures of “Theo and the Professor”, the pilot episode will be up on YouTube in the next few weeks, and the entire series will be available on Amazon Prime as soon as they process it.