Beacon Hill, Boston’s newest web series that’s really an online soap opera, aired its first episode today. If you had no idea this was coming – and, more importantly, you’re a shameless fan of soaps – then you’re welcome, because you’re going to want to consider tuning in every week.
First things first, this isn’t your average web series, and by that I mean you have to pay $9.99 to subscribe and gain access to the first season. We went ahead and made the purchase, meaning we know if it’s worth you seeking out for yourself (if you couldn’t tell from the trailer, above, it’s going to be), and also meaning that I just committed to investing a 13-minute chunk of time every week to Boston’s first soap opera. Let’s do this.
The show stars a slew of soap opera vets; if you’re familiar with the scene, you’ll recognize leading ladies and gents from series like All My Children, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives and As The World Turns. This isn’t your shoddily filmed webisode starring amateur actors. This is a star-studded soap and it looks like it’s going to be juicy as hell.
The story centers around Sara Preston (Alicia Minshew), a New York reporter who returns home to Boston after her grandfather, Massachusetts Democratic Senator William Preston (Ron Raines), suffers a stroke. Set and filmed in Boston, the rest of the season finds Sara leaving her NYC girlfriend behind to face (and report on) her broken family and her ex, as well as some shady politicians. Sound steamy? Might as well dive into the first episode.
Episode 1, “Going Back,” doesn’t waste anytime getting the ball rolling. Sara gets a call (on a totally outdated cell phone that no reporter could survive with) from her boss Martin on what’s supposed to be date night, and he tells her that her grandfather (the Senator) has had a stroke and is not doing well. Martin, who’s severely insensitive, immediately sends Sara back to Boston to see what’s going on. (You know Martin, he’s always looking for a story! Sara tells her girlfriend, Diane.) Diane expresses concern that Sara will be in close quarters with her ex girlfriend, Katherine. Why? Because Katherine just happens to work in Sara’s grandfather’s office. Zoinks!
Cut to Boston, where Katherine is gaining news from “social media” that Senator Preston’s in critical condition, and there’s talk that she’s next in line to take over the Senate seat. Drama! There’s also the token shot of Katherine’s father leaving a Dunkin’ Donuts, of course.
Once Sara arrives in Boston, wearing the world’s worst hat, she pulls up next to Fenway Park, which induces a flashback of a steamy morning in bed with Katherine. There’s a Red Sox versus Yankees argument, during which Sara yells Yankees suck! a few times, but the two still seem happy in love.
I guess we’ll have to wait till next week to see what’s going to go down this season on Beacon Hill. But whatever it is, we’re already into it.