This week on the podcast Brian and Darryl are talking Season 1 of the Amazon Prime Original Series Upload, starring Robbie Amell. Then sticking with the Amell theme of the episode they discuss the 2019 feature Code 8 (starring Robbie and his cousin Stephen Amell).
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Upload Season 1 (Amazon Prime)
In 2033, humans are able to “upload” themselves into a virtual afterlife of their choosing. When computer programmer Nathan dies prematurely, he is uploaded to the very expensive Lake View, but soon finds himself under the thumb of his possessive, still-living girlfriend, Ingrid. As Nathan adjusts to the pros and cons of digital heaven, he bonds with Nora, his living customer service rep, or “Angel”. Nora struggles with the pressures of her job, her dying father who does not want to be uploaded, and her growing feelings for Nathan while slowly coming to believe that Nathan was murdered.
Cast & Crew
Robbie Amell as Nathan Brown, a 27-year-old computer engineering grad and newly-deceased computer programmer who is uploaded to the digital afterlife Lake View
Andy Allo as Nora Antony, a living woman who is Nathan’s handler in his afterlife
Allegra Edwards as Ingrid Kannerman, Nathan’s girlfriend
Zainab Johnson as Aleesha, Nora’s coworker who is Luke’s handler
Kevin Bigley as Luke, another resident of Lake View and Nathan’s friend
Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Jamie, Nathan’s best friend and business partner
Chris Williams as Dave Antony, Nora’s father
Owen Daniels as A.I. Guy, an employee at Lake View who serves multiple functions
Andrea Rosen as Lucy, Nora’s boss at Horizen
Josh Banday as Ivan, Nora’s coworker
Christine Ko as Mandi, Nora’s roommate
Jessica Tuck as Viv, Nathan’s mother
William B. Davis as David Choak, a wealthy man living across the hall from Nathan at Lake View
Elizabeth Bowen as Fran Booth, Nathan’s cousin who is investigating his car accident
Chloe Coleman as Nevaeh, Nathan’s niece
Julian Christopher as Ernie, a Horizen therapist whose avatar in Lake View is a Labrador Retriever
Rhys Slack as Dylan, a child who lives in Lake View
Matt Ward as Byron, Nora’s casual sex partner
Barclay Hope as Oliver Kannerman, Ingrid’s father
Yvetta Fisher as Batia, Nora’s coworker
Hilary Jardine as Mildred, Ingrid’s centenarian grandmother who resides in Lake View
Scott Patey as Josh Pitzer, an executive hoping to buy Nathan and Jamie’s software
Justin Stone as Dan the Orbit Gum Guy
Philip Granger as Uncle Larry
Phoebe Miu as Yang
Brea St. James as Older (female) Dylan
Lucas Wyka as Jack Kannerman
Matt Braunger as Brad
Creed Bratton as Rupert Tilford
3 Arts Entertainment
Reunion Pacific Entertainment
Baral-Waley Productions (pilot)
May 1, 2020 – present
No. of seasons
No. of episodes
On September 8, 2017, it was announced that Amazon had given a pilot order to a new single-camera comedy series created by Greg Daniels. On July 28, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Daniels serves as an executive producer alongside Howard Klein and the series is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment. On May 8, 2020, Amazon renewed the series for a second season.
In January 2018, it was announced that Robbie Amell and Andy Allo had been cast in the pilot’s male and female lead roles, respectively.
Principal photography for the series ran from March 5, 2019, to May 10, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Some exterior photography for the Lake View virtual reality world was shot at Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve in New Paltz, New York, including images of the hotel, grounds, and lake. A small number of interior shots, including rooms at the hotel, were also filmed on location.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 81% with an average score of 6.75 out of 10 based on reviews from 34 critics. The website’s critical consensus is, “Though Upload at times suffers from tonal overload, witty writing and a winsome cast make it an afterlife worth living.” On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Code 8 (2019)
Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, they face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime. Connor Reed (Robbie Amell), a power-enabled young man, is struggling to pay for his ailing mother’s (Kari Matchett) health treatment. Fighting to earn enough money as a day laborer, Connor is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen Amell) who works for Lincoln City’s reigning drug lord, Marcus Sutcliffe (Greg Bryk). Garrett helps Connor sharpen his powers in order to execute a series of crimes on behalf of Sutcliffe, while a militarized police unit, led by Agent Park (Sung Kang) and Agent Davis (Aaron Abrams), hunts them down.
Cast & Crew
Robbie Amell as Connor Reed
Stephen Amell as Garrett Kelton
Sung Kang as Park
Kari Matchett as Mary Reed
Greg Bryk as Marcus Sutcliffe
Alex Mallari Jr. as Rainer
Aaron Abrams as Davis
Kyla Kane as Nia
Laysla De Oliveira as Maddy
Sarah Hödlmoser as Copperhead
Vlad Alexis as Freddie
Peter Outerbridge as Wesley Cumbo
Shaun Benson as Dixon
Code 8 (2016) short film
October 3, 2019 (Sitges Film Festival)
December 13, 2019 (Canada)
In 2016, Robbie and Stephen Amell released a short film, Code 8, which acted as a teaser for a potential feature film. Asking for $200,000, an Indiegogo fundraising campaign was launched on March 23, reached $2.4 million by April 24. Fundraising closed with $3.4 million on December 31, 2019, with the continued campaign helping recover costs of DVD pressings and the distribution to contributors of perks, wardrobe, and props from the production. The closing credits scroll of the film included four minutes to run through a list of just some of the 30,810 contributors to the fundraising campaign.
The first announcement of additional cast came on June 12, 2017, when Laysla De Oliveira was cast in the film.
Principal photography began on June 1, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario.
On February 9, 2017, during the Berlin International Film Festival, XYZ Films acquired the international sales rights for the film. The film was released theatrically on December 13, 2019. The film was released on Netflix in the United States on April 11, 2020.
In April 2020 the film appeared on the top 10 Netflix list for the United States.
In December 2019, a short-form spinoff series starring Robbie and Stephen Amell, written by Chris Pare, and directed by Jeff Chan was announced in development at Quibi.
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