Created by: Felicia Day
Cast: Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Vincent Caso, Amy Okuda, Fernando Chien, Michele Boyd
Synopsis: Primarily, this is the story of “Codex”, an online gamer more connected to the game with real life. Her two worlds collide, however, when “Zaboo” (Parikh) tracks her down to her home and professes his undying love for her, despite never before meeting face to face. As a result, Codex call the rest of the guild to meet together for the first time to address this new concern of hers. She meets a most fascinating bunch of misfits in the process.
I was very excited to find the first two seasons of this web series on DVD at Gametraders Blacktown last week, and In was very quick to purchase my own copy. I was introduced to this series last year, and despite not being much of an online gamer myself, I found a lot to enjoy about this series. That being the case, those that are avid WoW players I am sure will get a huge kick out of this series.
My initial interest in the series was Felicia Day’s involvement, with her being a Joss Whedon alumna having starred in the final series of Buffy and in his web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. She has since forged her own strong independent career on the strength of The Guild, and is now also performing in a Dragon Age web series adaptation. She is brilliant as lead character Codex, who begins each episode with a direct-to-the-camera reflection before the hilarity really begins.
Codex is a wilting wallflower type in real life, unable to deal with her problems with any level of assertiveness. Her addiction to the game is so intense that even her therapist dumps her. She is ill-equipped when “Hin-Jew” Zaboo turns up and smothers her with unwanted affection. Subsequently, she seeks help from those that can understand, the rest of her local Guild, The Knights of Good, to help extract her from this situation. As a result, we meet the most delightful bunch of misfits, including Guild Leader “Vork” (Lewis), a penny-pinching middle-aged bloke living illegally off of welfare, “Clara” (Thorsen), a mother of three children whom ignores her brood as a result of her addiction to the game, Bladezz, a teenage ratbag whom is nowhere near as cool as he believes himself to be, and Tinkerballa, a young lass with a sharp tongue who will do whatever it takes to get her own way.
So they are all very individual characters, that somehow share a real chemistry on-screen. Despite a primary focus of the first two seasons being the relationship, or lack there-of, between Codex and Zaboo, every character gets the chance to shine, as we delight in their idiosyncracies. Season two introduces a new love-interest for Codex, stuntman neighbour Wade (Chien), and hence a rival for Zaboo. The last couple of episodes also introduce Riley (Michele Boyd), whom becomes a big part of Season 3, and subsequently also becomes a member of YouTube sensation Team Unicorn, famous for the parody G33ks & G4m3r Girls.
The seasons are available to be seen online, but in purchasing this merchandise we help ensure the series has the funding to remain in production. They recently wrapped on Season 5, so let’s do what we can to help it keep going!!
4 stars out of 5
The Guild music video – “Do You Wanna Date my Avatar?” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU]