Mix 1950s CIA mind-control experiments, the star of The Journey of Natty Gann and a Twin Peaks vibe and you get Operation Midnight Climax, a new sci-fi Web series that launched this month. (Watch the first installment after the jump.)
The series stars Gann's Meredith Salenger, Quinton Flynn, Todd Cahoon and Stephanie Lemelin in an original screenplay by Ramesh Thadani (The Thirst: Blood War) directed by Zach Jordan (Joe Digital, Inc.).
The series drew on historical details of the 1977 Senate hearing that brought the MKULTRA program into the spotlight, the creators said. "Every great story starts with a compelling 'what if?'" Thadani said in a statement. "In our case, the 'what if' really happened. After reading a bit about the actual Operation Midnight Climax, my mind was buzzing with possibilities."
Here's the offiicial description of the series:
In 1953, the CIA initiated the notorious MKULTRA program, under which for nearly 25 years the agency tested LSD on thousands of Americans. Operation Midnight Climax operated under this mind-control program: The project consisted of a web of CIA-run safe houses/brothels in San Francisco, Marin and New York, where prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients and where the unsuspecting victims were given a wide range of substances, including LSD, and monitored behind two-way mirrors. The CIA used Operation Midnight Climax to test new techniques in sexual blackmail, surveillance and the use of mind-altering drugs in field operations.
Filmed over the course of a few days and using limited resources to bring the 1950s world alive on the small screen, Operation Midnight Climax is envisioned as the beginning of a larger interactive story.