Originally released June 16, 2010
An old Soviet space capsule re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere, spreading radiation over North America. Homeland Security Director Tom Taylor (James Rich), along with his “B team” of misfit agents, are the first ones on the scene to investigate and contain the damage from the apparent terrorist attack.
But appearances are deceiving. When a boy of mysterious origin is recovered from inside the capsule, Taylor realizes he’s out of his depth. Against orders from his superiors he recruits the prickly astrophysicist Dr. Zachary Walzer (Jack Haley) to help his team get some answers.
Walzer demands to know if they’re dealing with something extra-terrestrial. But Taylor assures him…it’s a little weirder than that.
Pioneer One is an independent drama series written by Josh Bernhard and directed by Bracey Smith. After raising $6000 to shoot their pilot on Kickstarter in March, 2010, the first episode debuted online on June 16, 2010 and was downloaded 2,000,000 times in two weeks and won Best Drama Pilot at the 2010 New York Television Festival. Over the next several months, fans donated $100,000 to fund the rest of the 6-episode first season, which went on to be nominated for a Webby Award for Best Drama and Best Writing in 2012.
Watch New York Television Festival founder Terence Grey and co-director Michael Getto discuss the Pioneer One pilot: