A web series titled Lucidity takes place in the dream world, and a pretty fucked up dream world at that. It features seemingly awesome things like dream girls, mermaids, etc. But it also features lots of serious “WTF” moments like unwanted sex, vampires, lucid hunters, and astral fecal samples.
The show’s official description states, “Lucidity is a new world of web series, unafraid to explore the depths of dreaming, consciousness, and metaphysical comedy. Join George and Jason to the center of the mind and beyond on this epic quest to understand an unlikely psychic connection between two roommates.”
Creators Danny Torgersen and Sean Oliver developed this show back in 2010. I asked Oliver to explain to me how the show got started.
“Danny and I were going to live together for the first time. And we’ve always made movies, so we are kind of like, ‘We should make something monthly.’ And this is before we had researched or knew that web series were just a burgeoning thing at the time. But they were still mostly vlog based. Those were kind of the first serial web series. So, we were like, ‘we’re going to live together so let’s make something.’ And the only idea that either of us had at all was this idea of two roommates who share each other’s dreams. And there were just a couple quick, easy jokes we saw in that idea—unfavorable dreams that your roommate would make you have. For instance, in the first episode, Jason is roommates with George. George has Jason’s work dreams, and those are really boring. But George has sexual attraction to Jason’s mother. So if George has a sex dream, Jason is the one who has to do it.”
Lucidity is labeled a “web saga” rather than a “web series” by its creators. Oliver explains, “The idea, at first, was just to think of weird, funny dream moments to be ten minutes at the max, as a monthly series. But then Danny and I, just being who we are, we wrote it into a saga.” Some of the series’ episodes are more than forty minutes long!
Oliver and Torgersen were both novices in their understanding of the dream world before launching their web saga. But Oliver says that they really started researching dreams after they both had out-of-body experiences. They jumped on the Internet to look for answers to explain what they were calling “conscious streaming.” The work of psychopsychologist Stephen LaBerge and author Robert Waggoner introduced Oliver and Torgersen to the concept of lucid dreaming—basically being consciously aware that your dream is a dream.
As the series has progressed, so has the involvement of its creators in the dream community. The show has been around for more than five years, and has won multiple awards at the L.A. Web Series Festival. And, in that time, researchers, radio hosts, and curious fans have reached out to Oliver and Torgersen for their dream insight. “Since making the web series, I’ve just become like a beacon for people wanting to talk about dreams,” says Oliver. The two have even participated in dream experiments, which led to Oliver being invited to present a lecture at the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference.
In all honesty, Lucidity isn’t a show everyone will dig. It’s zany, eccentric, and just plain odd. It’s a psychedelic romp that would probably make more sense if you watched the episodes while on something. But, although the stories in the episodes are silly fiction, the creators feel that it’s important to incorporate real concepts associated with lucid dreaming. And the show does provide a good introduction to the complex, and, in the case of Jason and George, completely fucked up world of lucid dreaming.