"Welcome to Wormtooth Nation, Welcome to The City.
Here in this underground complex reside the last remnants of the human world. How we came here or why are questions that no longer have answers. It is recommended, should you wish to ask such questions, you do so quietly, and in places where you will not be overheard. We have been here a long time, and there are those in power whose desire is to remain, calmly, repairing this city and prolonging our continued existence until the final cave in ends us all in dirt and darkness. Head among those is the overlord of this world, the Baron O'Brien. The Baron's knowledge of the city is such that should he remain in power, the city will remain in operation, producing the food and water we need to survive, and providing us with all the creature comforts we desire, indefinitely."
Taken from the Wormtooth Nation website
It began when Geoffrey Boothby and Cullen Thomas, Two aspiring filmmakers, decided create a steampunk version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Then end result is a nine-part internet series later compiled into a feature-length movie and sold on the same website it originally aired on. Remarkably good for a student production with a very small budget. The acting is at times overdone, as many of the actors only had stage experience.
Loosely based off the Shakespeare story, it takes place in an underground city filled with a mysterious substance called wormy or wormtooth gas. If inhaled, the gas takes all your memories away. The characters call this getting nixed, and treat it as a regular occurrence. So many people get nixed, it appears that no one remembers how long they have lived in the city or how to get back to the surface. The city, under the leadership of Baron O'Brien continues running, but only barely. There is tension between the official leadership of the Baron and the Union (membership mandatory) as well as the followers of the Graffiti Artist, a revolutionary who leaves messages of hope and finding the surface on the walls.
This series provides examples of:
- Amnesia Danger: Sam in the first episode
- Arc Words: the sky is infinite
- Audience Surrogate: Sam
- Battle Butler: Robin
- Big Bad: Serias
- Blank Slate: Sam or anyone else after getting Nixed
- Distressed Damsel: Tania starts off as one
- The Dragon: Rufus
- Easy Amnesia: most notably Sam, but anyone can be nixed
- Evil Overlord: Baron O'Brien is set up to look like one in the beginning
- Forgot the Call: Sam of course
- In Medias Res
- Recycled In Space: averted: the plot differs enough from A Midsummer Night's Dream that it doesn't count
- Large Ham: Bottom
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Tania and Bottom
- Shrouded in Myth: The Graffiti Artist
- On the Gritty end of the Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty
- The Only One: Sam
- The Reveal: Wormtooth makes you live forever, everyone currently living in the city originally moved there to gain immortality but later forgot
- Those Two Bad Guys: Rufus and Snug
- Viral Marketing: The show was primarily advertised by word of mouth
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Demitri, since he was last nixed so very, very, very long ago.