Web Video: Skypocalypse

Nerds vs Zombies
Zombie Apocalypse. You know the drill, you've seen it frequently, from every possible perspective: the point of view of the military unit tasked with eliminating the zombies, the point of view of the terrified civilians struggling to survive, the point of view of the lone Badass hero fighting off the living dead by himself. But has anyone shown how would a group of nerds react to the rise of the living dead?

The webseries Skypocalypse was born from an idea of Karim Musa (better known as Yotobi) and the work of fellow Italian youtubers Mattia Ferrari and Mattia Pozzoli, respectively known on Youtube as Victorlaszlo88 and Matioski.The premise is as it sounds: a Zombie Apocalypse, caused by an unknown virus, breaks out, and the protagonists, a group of nerdy friends, gather on a Skype group called "Skypocalypse" to look for survivors.

Or, at least, that was the idea. Unluckily, our three protagonists - Radar (who is a hardcore movie and comics fan), Ghost (who is a videogame nerd) and White Dragon (the pornomaniac of the group) are everything but heroes, and at first are too scared to even set foot outside of their houses. But as they meet other survivors, they start to realize that things are much more complex that they look like, and there may be obscure interests behind The Virus.

The series started in 2011 and currently has two seasons, the first featuring sixteen episodes, and the first episode of the second having come out on 10 June 2013. Having started as an amateur series, both the special effects and the recitation weren't exactly top-notch in the beginning (outdoor scenes aren't featured at all in season 1), but there has been a quality improvement with Season 2.

The series can be seen on its Youtube channel.

Sadly, after the second episode of Season 2, the series was Cut Short due to production issues. It has since then spawned a "sequel" called Webseries Are Dead, which is based on a fictional "future" of the authors of the series themselves, who gather once again after losing all contacts for two years after they receive a mail from a mysterious fan...

This series features examples of:

  • Badass: Arrow and his men.
  • Berserk Button: Generally, insulting one of the main characters' hobbies can lead to angry reactions. Oh, and don't tell Radar to watch his language...
  • Big Bad: Red Muscle, or so it seems...
  • Big Good: The Great Arrow is revealed to be this.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: It happens from time to time: in Episode 1x06, for example, Benzrog asks why in the previous episode he wasn't given the customary Boss Subtitles give to characters at their introduction, and Radar answers that there's been a problem with the editing. Then, White Dragon complains that one of his lines has been cut.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Benzrog.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Red Muscle and General Fidanken.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Pretty much everyone, with just a few exceptions.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Radar devolves into this when he really gets pissed off.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: General Fidanken is so childish and ridiculous that it makes everyone wonder just how someone like him can be a General. Then, enter season 2...
  • Cut Short: Sadly, because of internal dissent and problem with the equipment, the series was ended prematurely on episode 2x02, much to the fans' dismay.
  • Deadpan Snarker: There are quite a lot.
  • Evil Gloating: Red Muscle. Of course.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Radar, definitely.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Alt and Control's hacking exploits are actually pretty sane (things like blocking sites and disconnecting people from Skype), except for the one time where they infiltrate CCTV cameras. Through the Internet.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: With a twist, The Pope is actually quite a good judge of character, except for one instance: trusting Benzrog. While he did have some sort of bad feeling about him (saying that he felt "negative energy" coming from him), he imputed it to his depression. Turns out that it was about something else...
  • Hot-Blooded: Radar is only the most blatant case.
  • Ghost, I Am Your Father: Delivered in an unusual manner, as it's not the character in question (Malfini) who says it, but it's Ghost who discovers on his own that his father is, indeed, Malfini.
  • The Mole: About halfway through the first season, Slap is suspected of being one. It turns out that Malfini deliberately misled the heroes to cover up the real mole, Benzrog.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to Radar or White Dragon, Ghost seems very sensible and well-adjusted.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: General Fidanken.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Skypocalypse group, of course.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In Episode 1x03, Ghost is kidnapped because Yotobi had decided to quit the show. He is later brought back when Yotobi got back in the cast.
  • Reference Overdosed: Good gods, YES.
  • Robo Speak: Arcadia mixes this (especially the inevitable "does not compute") with an hilarious Venetian dialect and completely out-of-place proverbs.
  • Running Gag: Quite a few, even though most don't last more than one episode.
  • Serious Business: As the characters are mostly nerds, everyone has theirs. Not all do, but most.
  • Shout-Out: Way more than there is space for here. Kind of to be expected, seeing who the authors are.
  • Skewed Priorities: The fact that the three main characters would much rather dedicate themselves to their hobbies instead of trying to find survivors or investgate the causes of the apocalypse is a Running Gag since the first episode.
  • Technically Living Zombie: They're even called "infected" rather than "zombies".
  • Those Wacky Nazis: General Fidanken.
  • World of Ham: All characters have at least one Large Ham moment. It goes without saying that most don't limit themselves to one.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Well, duh.