Wil Wheaton

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

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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