A web-based flash series notable for intense and stylised cinematic technique and excellent quality of animation. Oh, and it's all done with stickmen.Made by Oscar Johansson, the Castle series is set Twenty Minutes into the Future, Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable due to quickly dwindling natural resources and global scale wars over the scarce remains. With the survival of the human race looking increasingly unlikely, a privately owned company develops technology to reach alternate dimensions with the intention of finding a new source of energy in order to conveniently save the world.Because of the extremely long production time for each film and how young the creator was initially the series shows vast improvement both in terms of art and writing. What started out initially as an excuse for essentially extended Matrix lobby scenes gradually evolved into a dark, dramatic and effective work of cosmic horror complete with incomprehensible Eldrich Abominations, UnreliableNarrators, Demonic Possession (maybe) and Alien Geometries.The series is hosted here and here.
This series contains examples of:
Alien Geometries: The Castles, especially the third one are implied in an ambiguous way with stylized cinematography to be this, but it is only finally confirmed as diegetic in Repercussions D2 when shown in an unambiguous way and commented on by Boomer.
Apocalyptic Log: The Wise One's inscription over the walls of the central chamber in the third castle is a good example.
Art Evolution: Immediately noticeable between Castle 1 and Castle 2.
Badass: Hell, the whole Elite Team qualifies, as well as some of the ordinary soldiers. Special mention goes to a soldier in Part 3C who defends himself against two evils with a knife'. In subtropes:
Mullins: The only thing I know is I ain't giving up. Never.
The Dog Bites Back: The whole operation turns into a fiasco as men are slaughtered left and right. Ray seems to have the worst luck. By the end of reprecussions, however, he makes it out with one of the highest kill counts behind Boomer and Mullins.
Father to His Men: The General really does treat his men right and goes out of his way to save as many as possible. That being said, he will still sacrifice the minority to save the majority.
Gaia's Lament: It is implied that the Earth isn't QUITE there yet, but wars have been fought over fuel resources, oil hasn't been found in decades, and cities are flooded by glacial melt. The point of going into the Castles is to find the ancients' power source or, at least, that's what they're telling the men.
Our Zombies Are Different: The main faceless mooks of the ambiguous "Evil." "Zombie" is actually more of an inappropriate Fan Nickname - There's little to no implication that they're reanimated corpses, and they're only referred to as "Creatures" in canon and official media. Also they're fast, agile and have a tendancy to transform into huge musclebound demon creatures and, possibly, the skinny tentacle creatures. The Droners on the other hand may well indeed be zombies in the stricter sense. They move slowly, look pained and confused, and seem to be fairly decomposed.
Redshirt Army: The regular zombies. Played with in terms of the soldiers that accompany the team. Initially everyone is indistinguishable and essentially there to be killed off to demonstrate the danger and the competence of the team. While there are a few frantic, adrenaline fuelled moments of awesome, it's easy to loose track of even how many there are eventually. However come Castle Repercussions, the various faceless mooks left behind get their own characterisation (arguably much deeper than the characterisation of the original main cast) and Awesome Moments.
Rule of Cool: The main driving force of the entire series. Explains why Lloyd only brought a sword, and The General used a .44 instead of a more practical assault rifle or shotgun. One of the fans did the research. There were way more casualties than men that actually went in the castle. Only Repercussions had an accurate head count of survivors left behind.
Stick Figure Animation: The practical artistic conclusion of the technique. Well, if Oscar doesn't improve it more.