On the 16th of June 2006, a YouTube user with the screenname lonelygirl15
uploaded a video entitled "First Blog / Dorkiness Prevails"
. In this video, she introduced herself as Bree, a sixteen-year-old self-confessed dork
. More video blogs followed, many also featuring her best friend, Daniel, perhaps better known as Danielbeast.
It wasn't long before viewers began to suspect that the blogs were not genuine, and it was eventually discovered that lonelygirl15
was actually an online TV series created by Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, Greg Goodfried and Amanda Goodfried.
The early episodes are all set in and around Bree and Daniel's houses, and mainly deal with relationships between characters. Over time, it is revealed that Bree is a member of a religious cult
, the Hymn of One, and that they want her to take part in a strange ceremony. Everything changed
after episode 65, "Life's Not Fair", when the series took a decidedly dark turn
Along with various friends, such as rich orphan
Jonas and sarcastic "emo
" sexpot Sarah, Bree and Daniel go on the run from the Order of Dederah, an evil secret society
, and discover the sinister truth behind the ceremony.
While the series tends to stay within the grounds of what is technically possible
, the plot is often very implausible
, to say the least. Fortunately, the people behind the show seem to be aware of this
, and the show is certainly not above the occasional Lampshade Hanging
and self-parody. The show's greatest strength is possibly the high level of Character Development
it features, which is usually portrayed realistically. The show also describes itself as "interactive", with fans sometimes being named or even making cameos in the series. However, it is probably best known for being one of the earliest Vlog Series
The show may be watched at its official website
, although this episode listing omits some early episodes (including the first episode) and includes videos from the old OPAPHID Alternate Reality Game
, behind the scenes videos, and some fan videos
. A complete list of episodes, with the original numbering, may be found here
. A character sheet
has been created
The show is sequelled by LG 15 The Resistance
, a Spin-Off
featuring Jonas and Sarah.
This show provides examples of:
- Doing in the Scientist: The revelation at the end of the third season that trait positivity derives from the line of the Goddess Hathor.
- Genre Shift: Takes a sharp turn away from straight realism and comedy towards increased action, conspiracy and drama.
- Lie Detector: Bree produces a very low-tech and unconvincing example.
- Mundane Made Awesome: In the episode "Foosball Battle", a game of table football is portrayed through epic close-ups and accompanied by the William Tell Overture.
- Spin-Off: EQAL seems determined to have a spinoff in as many countries as they could. KateModern for the UK, n1ckola for Poland, and ones being currently developed in Italy and Japan.