The folks over at KindaTV and Smokebomb (the same studio that brought us the hit Carmilla), comes a new thrilling and chilling new web series, Inhuman Condition. Written by RJ Lackie (Coupleish, All For One), we enter a world where werewolves, zombies, and beings with frightening powers live among us, and hell, they need therapy too.
The therapist in question is Dr. Michelle Kessler, played by the wonderful Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis). When we meet Dr. Kessler, she is still reeling from her recent divorce. Her ex-wife Rachel (Angela Asher) has been trying to contact her to no avail, and whatever caused the break-up (one assumes infidelity) cuts Dr. Kessler to the quick. She turns her focus to her patients, who are a particular lot with very special issues.
Dr. Kessler and her trusty notebook
There’s Tamar (Cara Gee), a sweet and sheltered young woman who has the power to cause catastrophic damage when her emotions get out of control. Fans of the series Strange Empire will recognize Gee from her role as Kat Loving. Clara (Clara Pasieka) would be a regular trust fund kid if it weren’t for the fact that she’s actually a zombie, or zombae as fans have taken to referring to her. Desperately wanting to end her life before she becomes full-on undead, Clara and Dr. Kessler are at an impasse about what’s best for the patient. Dr. Kessler, who has been working with Clara since her diagnosis, can’t bear to let go of this woman who has become almost like a daughter to her.
Tamar in her first session
Rounding out the patients is Linc (the wonderfully intense Thomas Olajide), a werewolf and activist who has been forced into court-mandated therapy with Dr. Kessler. Linc is haunted by the death of his boyfriend Keith and ends up in front of Dr. Kessler after taking on a group of men who attacked Keith years before. It’s not long before Dr. Kessler calls him out, and the two engage in a battle of wills during their sessions.
Clara and Linc making YouTube videos, naturally
This top notch cast and solid writing make Inhuman Condition a compelling watch. Each episode is broken up by patient, and it doesn’t take long for you to get a real sense of who these fascinating people are. Dr. Kessler is the through-line and knowing that her own personal life is in a bit of shambles brings even more humanity to Inhuman Condition. While she’s is currently seeing her ex-husband Bader (who she left for Rachel), we find out that the three co-parented a smart and lovely daughter. Kessler also explains to Bader how she came to fall for Rachel, and Bader is quite empathetic about the women’s’ divorce. While we haven’t officially met Rachel yet (we’ve only heard her voicemails), I have a feeling there’s much more to their story ahead.
You can catch up on episodes 1-8 now on KindaTV, with new episodes premiering every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm EST.