The Guild

The Guild: Season 4

The Guild 4

The Guild: Season 4 DVD

I finished watching The Guild season 4 and cannot wait for season 5. I really like this show and I hope that it is able to continue for quite some time. I know nothing lasts forever, but I really get a kick out of these episodes. Fun stuff!

All the characters are back this time and it’s even more fun than last season. There were several laugh-out-loud moments. The filming and sound has also improved since season one.

Most of the extra-unpleasant language is gone in this season, thankfully, and the wit is still quite good. For the first half of the season, though, I feel like there was a rushed manner in which everyone said their lines. I am no acting expert, certainly, but I feel like they needed to slow down the delivery of lines in some of the scenes. It’s not terrible or anything – just nitpicking, really – but I do think it would be better if they had. Who’s fault would that be anyway; director?  Alternatively, perhaps I have lived too long in the South where it takes a good ten minutes to say a full sentence.

Anyway, this was a fun season that leaves off with a hint at the next season:  a gamer convention. One of the surprise elements in this season is seeing the group in-game in a guild hall! W00t!  Also, the last episode has a guest star from another famous tv show about geeks! His entrance was also priceless!

Overall, if you’re a fan, you’re gonna love this season. If you’re not a fan, you will have no idea why anyone watches this.  If you want to be a fan:  yes, start at season one.  High recommendation.

4 stars

The Guild: Season 3

The Guild Season 3

The Guild Season 3 DVD

I finished watching The Guild season 3.  There’s good and bad to be said about it. I’m giving this season the same number of stars for a rating – but for different reasons.

I love the spoofy / geeky content. Its fantastic. Also, I think the actors are having fun as well as doing  a good job. I feel like they are having a good time making this series. This counts for a lot because I have, on occasion, watched shows and felt that one or two actors really were strained in their role or on the series. I feel like they were not having fun and not enjoying their work. Everything is better if you like what you are doing. It comes across to the audience.

The video-ing and the sound is much better for this season. Not that it was necessarily bad in the previous two seasons, but this season is a big improvement. And one can feel that the budget increased, too. Not to say that it takes a huge budget to make anything worthy, but its tough to do without a decent budget. I am glad that this show is able to do all that it does. And the improvements made for the scenes, sounds, and video are noticeable and welcome.

The storyline is pretty good – at base. However, the stuff with Zaboo and Riley is a bit too much, I think. Also, this episode involved a lot more F-bombing and trash talking. Its okay at this level, I suppose, but it lost some of the innocent-geek of the first two seasons. Basically, this should be the limit. If it goes beyond this level, it will no longer be as comfortable and pleasant to watch.

The addition of Will Wheaton to the cast (as a villain) was an okay move. I think his comfort in front of the camera and delivering lines showed through. I think he blends easily with the cast so he doesn’t seem odd. I am not a Will Wheaton adoring fanboy, though I know there are some out there. He does a good job here, but I don’t want to say that because he’s there the show is any better.  In other words, the other actors were doing a fine job without him and don’t need him. He’s just a small plus to an already competent cast.

Speaking of the characters, I think each actor was quite a bit more adept in their roles this time. The character Clara was fantastic. Riley, although scary, was played very well. Overall this was another success for The Guild and I am, of course, looking forward to watching the next season(s).

3 stars

The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2

The Guild

The Guild: DVDs

If you have never played an MMORPG and you are not a geek in any way, shape, or form, then this review (and perhaps this series) will be a complete mystery for you.  I recently ordered and watched “The Guild” seasons 1 and 2 from  Got all the episodes for $9. Watched them in one afternoon, and enjoyed them and was sad when the last episode played.

What’s it all about?  This is from the official website:

The Guild is a independent sitcom web series about a group of online gamers. The show started in the late summer of 2007, and for the first season was financed solely by Paypal donations from fans. Since season 2, The Guild has been distributed by Xbox Live and Microsoft and sponsored by Sprint.

Episodes vary from 3-8 minutes in length, and follow the Guild members’ lives online and offline.

However, this doesn’t really give you enough information.  The idea is one that I am surprised no one else came up with – because its an obvious one.  It has been spoofed many times in different media (TV shows like “Big Bang Theory,” and comics, movies, cartoons, novels, etc.) However, this show is literally based on the idea.

And what is this idea? Its the idea of Felicia Day.  She plays the main character in “The Guild” – this is what Wikipedia has to say: The show revolves around the lives of an online guild, The Knights of Good, who play countless hours of an unnamed video game. The story focuses on Codex, the guild’s Priestess, who attempts to lead a normal life after one of her guild-mates, Warlock Zaboo, shows up on her doorstep.

Felicia Day played in a number of TV shows (including 8 episodes of Buffy the Vampire and 1 episode of House), and smaller movies before The Guild.

The show is absurd and silly and funny.  It is particularly heavy on the lingo used in MMORPG’s, so if you are ignorant of that, I can see that this will be a bit frustrating for you.  Also, leave your sensibilities at the door, because they will trample on you with double entendres, figures of speech, idioms, metaphors, etc.  What goes on in the first two “seasons” is when the people in the online guild spill over into the “real world” and interact with each other. True to the stereotype, these online gamers have very poor social skills and chaos ensues.  The status between “guildie” and “friend” blurs as they struggle to successfully interact in the real world.  Sure, at some point someone will complain that this series mocks online gamers and that gamers are not dysfunctional retards. True. But this series is not about the best online gamers, but the stereotypes. And that’s what makes it funny.

I liked these episodes and feel I did get my money’s worth. I would be interested in pursuing it further. At this time, I believe the crew has organized for a fifth season.  I think the show is definitely not for everyone….. but neither is MMORPG-ing.  The actors are pretty good. I really hate Vork and Zaboo is insanely annoying – but I admit Zaboo is played by an actor who is really doing his best. Felicia Day is excellent as is Tinkerballa, played by Amy Okuda.  Okuda does a very good job.

All in all this was a fun afternoon viewing and while I cannot recommend to everyone, I can recommend to everyone in MY Guild.

3 stars