Last Life (2015- ) is a supernatural drama web series created by Elesha Barnette for The Puma Squad and Deck As Ef Productions. The Puma Squad, owned by Elesha Barnette and Kathy DiStefano, is “an online production company that specializes in supernatural, action and sci-fi scripted series featuring strong female leads.” Last Life is their first web series.
Last Life is a fantasy, drama about reincarnation, soul mates and the ancient battle between good and evil. Sloane, with whom Taylor has shared many lifetimes, sets out to rescue her soul mate from the snares of light-witch coven, The Alina. Sloane tries to help Taylor remember who she is, before dark-witch coven, The Blood Born, can use her to fulfill a dark destiny.
Watch the [season 1] trailer here …
Season One (2015). Directed by Elesha Barnette (& Kathy DiStefano [Episodes 7-8]). Written Elesha Barnette & Kathy DiStefano. Starring Kathy DiStefano as “Sloane”, Nancy Cooney as “Taylor”, Maurice Mejia as “Gray”, Robert Palmer Watkins as “Shane”, John Grohol as “Aydrien”, Nicola Lambo as “Dr. Stanwicke”, Jennifer Starr as “Zoey” [Episodes 1-7], and Ashley Park as “Nari” [Episode 8].
Not rated. The episodes are:
- Episode 1 [10:43]. “Sloane discovers where the Alina have been hiding Taylor.” Guest starring Lauren Elise, Forrest Lancaster, JT Thomson.
- Episode 2 [12:40]. “Sloane crashes Zoey’s party where she and Taylor come to face to face. One party guest is there for more than the free booze.” Guest starring Forrest Lancaster, Grace Santos, Keira McCarthy, Brooke Hutton, Roxie Starr
- Episode 3 [15:20]. “Sloane sends a message to The Adversary. Meanwhile, The Alina spell Taylor to forget the aftermath of the party.” Guest starring Forrest Lancaster, Hayley Pendergrass, Roxie Starr.
- Episode 4 [13:40]. “Sloane makes her move while Zoey’s absence preoccupies The Alina.” Guest starring Brandon Brooks, Tadjh Brooks, Roxie Starr.
- Episode 5 [14:50]. “The Alina become suspicious of Sloane, and the Adversary informs Sloane and Aydrien their time is up.” Directed by Elesha Barnette. Written Elesha Barnette & Kathy DiStefano. Guest starring Chen Tang, Aaron Penney, Dane Petersen.
- Episode 6 [13:11]. “Taylor’s date with Sloane is a disaster; but this causes her to do something out of the ordinary.” Guest starring Leo Lungaro, Brooke Hutton, Roxie Starr.
- Episode 7 [8:45]. “Taylor’s memories come rushing back with dangerous consequences.”
- Episode 8 (Season 1 Finale) [10:45].
Season Two (2016). Financed via Indiegogo. Currently in production.
While season 1 explored the reuniting of these two soul mates, season 2 is going to take an even darker turn. Sloane and Taylor share a complex and malevolent history over the course of a hundred lifetimes. Now we get to see who Sloane and Taylor really are and the true plans of the covens.
My thoughts… Last Life is a wonderful web series that is highly recommended for fans of the urban fantasy web series Skye of the Damned (here)! Elesha Barnette and Kathy DiStefano are incredibly talented (and beautiful) women whose Puma Squad is my favorite accidental discovery of the year (so far)! I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer! I found Last Life when I stumbled on the short lesbian film Lovestruck (here) but I’m not sure if Last Life is a lesbian web series! Sure, soul mates Sloane (Kathy DiStefano) and Taylor (Nancy Cooney) are lovers who have lived many lives but Sloane has been a guy through all of his past lives. He was Rick, Taylor’s boyfriend, when he was killed three years earlier by The Alina but he broke the rules and jumped into Sloane, a girl who was at the hospital where his body was taken. He took Sloane’s life at the expense of having to live his last life just to be with his soul mate Taylor now instead of being reincarnated again later. It’s an intriguing premise, a beautiful one even – if Sloane and Taylor weren’t actually dark witches destined for a path of destruction! But are they really lesbians? Well, they are now, I suppose. Anyway… Last Life is well-written, well-acted and well-produced – that’s quite an achievement for The Puma Squad’s first web series! In fact, with network financing, Last life would be perfect for The CW in 2016 just like Elesha Barnette joked in this video (here)! Be sure to check out all the video extras after watching the series. Oh, and I would love to see more of Elesha Barnette in front of the camera in 2016! I think I’m crushing on her!