Chronicles of Syntax, directed by Jack Ayers
Director: Jack Ayers
Actors: Liam Dryden, Laura O’Donoughue, Daniel Tyler-Smith
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Our Review: 3/5 – Above Average
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes
Season 1 Overview
The tag line for the series is ‘Live to fight – Fight to live’. Written and created by Susan E. Clarke and produced by iDave Productions, the premise for this series is that a few people in the world have a unique set of information locked into their DNA that they are oblivious to. They have no idea they are special, or that they have powers that could be used for the good of humankind. As usual there is a war coming and these people, once they realise they have powers deep within, will soon have to choose which side they will be on – good or evil – as the war will make them choose. Set in the present in England, Sian of the Fallen Angel Network (F.A.N.) is in a secret facility run by the government who want to prevent the war from coming if they can, but in order to do that, Sian has to recruit several men and women for her team.
The intro is almost akin to feature film style with dynamic visuals introducing the characters that star in the series and a narration that tells the viewer what the series is about, who the characters are, etc. The intro is professional, and after the intro to the first episode, you will be expecting the acting to be similarly professional, but it comes across as forced or unconvincing. In the first episode, Sian, Kai and Steven locate and find a potential team member for F.A.N., but their problem lies with the fact that there is another team who want to be the first to get him. Shame they are the bad guys. There is a scene where their potential recruit gets stuck in a ventilation shaft while the bad guys try to get him out of there by force, but looks over the top.
The series is a cross between Torchwood, The A-Team and X-Men, or should I say it is trying to be all three. It seemed like such a shame that the acting let the series down. When people look back at sci-fi classic Blake’s Seven they only think about the dire production value rather than the acting so they should take that into account. The Chronicles of Syntax has the team going out each episode to find out where another potential member is – and hope they can get to him before the bad guys do. I’m not saying don’t watch the series, I’m actually hoping it gets better as it is an indie venture that needs time and investment. The idea for it is a good one, and I live in hope that the acting will get better, but there needs to be a lot of improvement if this series is to compete against other UK and US TV series. There seems to be time though as this runs for 12 episodes, so it could get better. Remember how bad other series started out in their first season, and how a lot of decent series in the US didn’t make it past the first or second season due to bad ratings.