Episode 3 of The Vault is available on YouTube, and I found myself curiously excited that this new entry clocks in at 15 minutes.  In the hustle and bustle of video watching, most of the time I’m thankful that most of the stuff I watch is 6 or 7 minutes, so I can move on to the next thing.  Here, 15 minutes offered possibility.  In only 2 episodes, The Vault had become my new Lost, a puzzle someone had presented to me that I wanted to solve, a show that couldn’t come out with episodes fast enough.  I haven’t felt this excited about a web series since this summer’s The Booth at the End.

The Vault Episode 3 Answers Minor Questions, Introduces More to Ponder

In Episode 3, we find out that the kids in all the different rooms are being watched Truman Show-style, by a significant audience.  A blowhard radio DJ offers more to chew on, and if anything he says can be trusted, then these subjects of a messed-up reality show are on a fledgling network that often makes bad decisions.  Which begs the question, “How far will they go to get ratings?”  Here’s Episode 3:

When we interviewed The Vault creators Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione last month, the creators of the show told us that they sought “quality views” from their audience.  That means, they’re not necessarily looking for a huge number of views (although I’m sure they wouldn’t complain), but instead hope that most of the people who watch it enjoy it and stick with it, building an audience through word-of-mouth, building an audience that will eagerly anticipate the next episode.  They can afford to be patient since this isn’t on a major network that needs instant success to decide whether to keep going with the show or not.  And with the “permanence” that YouTube provides, people can find the show anytime.

I do hope Episode 4 arrives sooner than previous entries.  If you haven’t checked out The Vault yet, and love Lost-style mysteries, give it a look.  And even better, for those of you who may have been let down by Lost‘s ending and apparent lack of vision concerning that ending, Hann and Miscione say they know exactly how the whole series will end, so that’s certainly a bonus.