Project Mc2 (pronounced Project MC-squared) is an American web television series produced by DreamWorks Animation's AwesomenessTV and MGA Entertainment for Netflix. The series was first released on August 7, 2015.

Plot

The series is set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves around the fields of STEAM, and the adventures of McKeyla McAlister and her best friends, who work for a government organization called NOV8 (pronounced "innovate"), a highly secretive group of teenage female government operatives who are trying to protect the world.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Mika Abdalla as McKeyla McAlister, the lead girl and an agent of NOV8. At the beginning of Part 4, she was given the name "The Owl".
  • Ysa Penarejo as Camryn Coyle, the engineer with a high IQ
  • Victoria Vida as Adrienne Attoms, the culinary chemist from Spain who always wears high heels
  • Genneya Walton as Bryden Bandweth, the tech junkie of the group
  • Antonio Marziale as Prince Xander (main: Part 1, recurring: Part 4)
  • Marcus Choi (main: Part 1) and Ash Lee (recurring: Part 5) as Charles Coyle
  • Madeline Whitby as Jillian (Part 1)
  • Bernardo De Paula as Defector (Part 1)
  • Troy Fromin as George the Security Guard (Part 1)
  • Oliver Vaquer as Francois (Part 1)
  • Danica McKellar as the Quail (Parts 1–2, 4–6), the group's chief intelligence agent in NOV8[8] and McKeyla's mother
  • Alyssa Lynch (main: Parts 2–4) and Maddie Phillips (recurring: Part 5) as Devon D'Marco
  • Belle Shouse as Ember Evergreen (Parts 2–6)

Recurring

  • Jonathon Buckley as Henry (Part 1)
  • Melissa Mabie as A.D.I.S.N. (voice), McKeyla's talking notebook. Her name is short for "Advanced Digital Intelligence Spy Notebook".[9] It is pronounced as "Addison".
  • Johanna Newmarch as Carson Lazarus (Parts 2–3)
  • Ty Wood as Justin (Parts 2–3)
  • Maxwell Haynes as Kyle (Parts 2–6)
  • Adrian Petriw as Retro (voice; Part 2)
  • Kurt Evans as Assistant Principal Wilson (Part 2)
  • Vanessa Parise as the Falcon (Part 3), McKeyla's aunt Montana who is also a substitute for the Quail while she's off the grid
  • Sarah Desjardins as Maddy McAlister (Parts 3–4, 6), McKeyla's big sister. At the beginning of Part 4, she was given the name "The Nighthawk".
  • Adam Beauchesne as Simon Temple (Part 3)
  • Emily Delahunty as Tessa (Part 5)
  • Houston Stevenson as Zach (Parts 5–6)
  • Jody Thompson as Jenny Wallis (Part 5)
  • Catherine Haggquist as Dr. A. Crawford (Part 5)
  • Richard Ian Cox as Professor Kato (Part 5)
  • Jay Hindle as Max McAlister (Part 6), McKeyla's father
  • Chris Rosamond as Bobby Stone (Part 6)
  • Loretta Walsh as Charlotte Adele (Part 6)

Episodes

Series overview

PartEpisodesOriginally released
3August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
6August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
6October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
1February 14, 2017 (2017-02-14)
5September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
5November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)

Part 1 (2015)

No.
overall
No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The New Girl"Michael YounesiJordana ArkinAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
McKeyla McAlister receives a new mission. She transfers to a school in Maywood Glen, where she bumps into two girls, Camryn and Bryden. A computer AI program in her notebook, A.D.I.S.N., accidentally speaks in front of the girls, which causes them to become suspicious. Meanwhile, Space Inc. receives an anonymous phone call threatening them with serious consequences for everyone if they don't cancel Prince Xander's space flight. Camryn's dad remembers that he left his laptop closed at the office, but when he went back in the morning, it was open. The girls suspect McKeyla is involved, and ask Adrienne to help them get the fingerprint from the laptop. They steal McKeyla's pen and manage to get a partial fingerprint match. They follow her, but shortly, McKeyla notices that they had given her a camera pen and catches the girls spying on her. They get into the house before she can stop them, and they meet McKeyla's boss, the Quail, who is a member of NOV8. She reveals that they are trying to protect the prince, and invites the girls to join McKeyla in the mission.
22"Secret Agenting"Michael YounesiJordana ArkinAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
McKeyla is doubting that the girls can take the job seriously enough, and would prefer working alone, but NOV8 wants her to have extra support due to the threat against the prince. McKeyla wants the girls to show her their skills. Adrienne makes a volcano cake. Bryden takes a picture of McKeyla and hacks into her lab's wireless system to display it on every screen in the lab. Camryn makes a "portable police scanner with added features", which they use to locate the prince. The girls notice a suspicious car, and manage to distract the guards and break into the facility where they're keeping the prince. They warn the prince that someone might be trying to kidnap him, and they take him to Bryden's house. NOV8 discovers that the prince's capsule will come close to a U.S. government cyber-satellite at the peak of his flight. Meanwhile, their location is discovered because Bryden tweeted from there, so they take the prince to a NOV8 safe house. Later, they find out that the logo they saw on the car belongs to a cyber security company called Black Star. A few minutes later, the girls get distracted and the prince disappears.
33"Smart Is the New Cool"Michael YounesiJordana ArkinAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
The girls research the organization called Black Star, and interrogate one of their top agents, who believes that they are doing wrong but is too scared to turn them in to the authorities. It turns out that they were not trying to kidnap the prince at all, but instead they are using his luggage to store a device that can be used to hack into a government satellite. It will allow Black Star to access each and every person's personal data, such as email, texting, and other information that they can then sell for billions of dollars. The four sneak into the launch site, find the device inside the prince's luggage, and destroy it before they are caught by security. Black Star's head, Darone, is caught and Jillian, the prince's assistant, is revealed to be working for them out of contempt that the prince can boss her around and she can do nothing about it, and sent to jail as well. In the end, the prince goes to space and he sends the girls a Snapchat from space, and McKeyla is given permission from the Quail to stay at Maywood Glen as her base. She is shown to be attending school with her friends.

Part 2 (2016)

No.
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No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
41"Back to Basics"Michael YounesiMitchel Katlin & Nat BernsteinAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
The four girls are demoted back to basics after they make a big deal out of saving the prince in Part 1. They are not allowed on any mission, even as a suspicious figure, Carson Lazarus, a criminal mastermind, is released from jail. Soon after, a figure who calls themselves "Retro" causes all technology to malfunction and glitch in Maywood Glen. The girls strongly suspect that the two are linked. The video shows that in the background, there is something labeled "Property of MGA" – where MGA stands for Maywood Glen Academy – and it is very possible that Retro is a student at the academy. Meanwhile, McKeyla tries to fit in and becomes "study buddies" with Kyle Lewis, a rather awkward and suspicious teenager.
52"No Laughing Matter"Michael YounesiPaul Ciancarelli & David DiPietroAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
The Quail allows the four girls to figure out this case. McKeyla becomes increasingly suspicious of Kyle, but soon dismisses the idea of him being Retro. They also suspect Devon D'Marco, a troublemaker, as she spray-paints handcuffs on a picture of a drone on a poster about the upcoming launch. All four girls except Bry, who has to babysit, make ways to get detention on Saturday with Devon. Bry runs a vocal recognition as Cam and Adri confront the troublemaker and McKeyla looks through her bag. Devon is proven to be innocent, just using the school's 3D printer to make skulls for her nana's birthday. The three hide in the janitor's closet as the assistant principal walks by, and find out that Retro is planning to send a radio signal to the drone, making it crash, and pipe laughing gas through the vents so when the drone crashes, everybody will be laughing. The girls block the radio signal, and heat up the gas so it separates and becomes harmless.
63"Trashed"Vanessa PariseJessica KaminskyAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
74"Dam Fine Mess"Vanessa PariseElizabeth Hackett & Hilary GalanoyAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
85"Bye Bye Birdie"Michael YounesiAnnie Burgstede & Kate DuffyAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
96"Mission Totally Possible"Michael YounesiKathy FischerAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)

Part 3 (2016)

No.
overall
No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
101"Finding Maddy"Michael RobisonNat Bernstein & Mitchel KatlinOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
112"Gummying Up the Works"Michael RobisonPaul Ciancarelli & David DiPietroOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
123"Crate Expectations"Ken FrissJessica KaminskyOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
134"One Track Mind"Ken FrissElizabeth Hackett & Hilary GalanoyOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
145"Simon Sayz"Jon RosenbaumElaine AronsonOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
156"Ear Today. Gone Tomorrow"Jon RosenbaumKathy FischerOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)

Part 4 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
161"A Royal Pain"Ken FrissElizabeth Hackett & Hilary GalanoyFebruary 14, 2017 (2017-02-14)

Part 5 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
171"If You Fail on Mars Can Anyone Hear You Scream"Ken FrissMitchel KatlinSeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
182"Nanobots, Souffles and Gray Goo, Oh My"Ken FrissNat BernsteinSeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
193"Bad Air Day"Michael YounesiElizabeth Hackett & Hilary GalanoySeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
204"Totally Marble Nailed It"Michael YounesiKathleen FischerSeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
215"Gray Goo on the Loose"Ken FrissNat Bernstein & Mitchel KatlinSeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)

Part 6 (2017)

No.
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No. in partTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
221"Stone Acres Is the Place to Be"Ken FrissMitchel KatlinNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
232"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"Allan HarmonElaine AronsonNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
243"Zorro Dark Thirty"Allan HarmonElizabeth Hackett & Hilary GalanoyNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
254"Water from a Bobby Store"Ken FrissKathleen FischerNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
265"Family Affair"Ken FrissElaine AronsonNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)

Production

The first season of the series, consisting of three episodes, was released on August 7, 2015.[2] On April 6, 2016, Netflix announced that the series has been renewed for its second and third seasons. The second season was released on August 12, 2016,[3] and the third season was released on October 14, 2016.[10] Both consisted of six episodes. An extended 34-minute Valentine's Day special was released as the first and only episode of the fourth season on February 14, 2017.[11] A fifth season consisting of five episodes was released on September 15, 2017. A sixth season, also consisting of five episodes, was released on November 7, 2017.

The series is filmed primarily in and around the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, including Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, and Northridge, as well as in Alhambra.

Notes

  1. Lynch appears in archive footage, and is credited, in the final episode of Part 6, "Family Affair".