A new web series has surfaced called The Kill Corporation (TKC), a dark comedy commentary on corporate America. As implied by its name, TKC offers arbitration services between two conflicting parties in which the loser loses his/her life as well as the case.
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]
First aired this past October on YouTube, the first season is broken up into eight 5-minute episodes, bite-size morsels that get one hungry enough to want more and keep going. TKC centers on one Plato Punchkiss, played by Jason Paul Field. Rated on merit, Punchkiss is on the lower end of the spectrum, rated arbiter #85, dispatching people with a poison dart, sometimes shooting them rather unceremoniously in his office.
A small cog in the greater scheme of the corporate machine, Punchkiss is nonetheless thrown into the spotlight when arbiter #1 Newton Springer seems to have gone AWOL, killing everyone within his radar. But has Springer really cracked or is he onto something that could shake the very foundation of TKC’s world?
Like the anime series Psycho-Pass, the society within which TKC exists is controlled by an automated system, in this case called the Abicus, that determines which station of life a person will fall in upon birth, each newborn babe represented by a stone falling into its proper category. Unlike the Sybil system in Psycho-Pass, which maintained order through quantifying emotion and then controlling the quantified data, it is still a mystery how the Abicus determines a person’s worth at birth, quantify it, then judge what the person is best suited for. Regardless, it seems to act as an automated caste system arbitrator.
And it is this system that is Newton Springer’s point of contention and source of rage, and while this is completely understandable, the trail of blood he leaves behind is not. He kills his fellow arbiters without a blink of an eye, his bloodlust very high and seemingly uncontrollable. TKC’s premises are covered in blood, and the last people standing happen to be Punchkiss and his one-eyed punk girl assassin cohort Dev.
The webisodes are short and to the purpose, with solid camerawork, soundtrack, and special effects to give them a polished, cool feel, and the fake website with video testimonials is a nice touch. Written and directed by Daniel Capuzzi, the dialogue is crisp and punchy, the commentary on corporate America done with a light touch. The fact that TKC’s existence is not only acceptable but also profitable can imply the buffer of money and power yielding to cold inhumanity.
In fact the only really human character in TKC so far is Plato Punchkiss, a regular guy with a great name just trying to make his way through life with some dignity; the other characters are as of yet too underdeveloped for viewers to know who they are. Hopefully in the next season the backstories of Springer, Punchkiss, and Dev can give some insight to their motivations as well as to the Abicus.
For a look at the first episode, please click here.