Monday, July 21, 2008

All Hail THE GUILD!!!

OMG, I am so stoked! After thoroughly enjoying Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog from the great Joss Whedon, I went fishing around the net and discovered something that lots of other YouTubers have been happily aware of for a while now. And knowing my fellow Nosers as I do, I’m positive this is a sweet something you’re all going to adore, too.
It’s called The Guild and it’s the 2008 winner of YouTube’s award as Best Online Series. Writer and star Felicia Day (Penny from Dr. Horrible and Vi from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) co-produces this brilliantly funny commentary on diseased 21st Century people-skills that has a socially-maladjusted group of online gamers resolving to, for once, venture away from their computer screens to meekly try meeting in person. This group is the textbook example of a motley
crew. Cyd Sherman, a.k.a. Codex (Day) is the perpetually fuzzy-pink-slippered leader of the Knights of Good, the recent victim of a nasty breakup whose webcam confessionals open each episode (“It is so much easier measuring life in experience points,” she says, in one of the series’ many great lines). It’s her therapist’s opinion that she needs a support system based in reality, and she takes the suggestion to heart, which starts all the hullabaloo.

Then there’s Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh), the hilariously over-mothered “Hindjew” who cyberstalks Codex and ends up at her doorstep, way overprepared to start a relationship that Codex is so not ready for. Vork (Jeff Davis) is the notoriously bald, radically penny-pinching homebody whose online confidence hides his intense desire never to leave his house. Clara (Robin Thorsen) is the portly, cheery stay-at-home mom whose lax maternal skills never get in the way of her devotion to the Guild. Tinkerballa (Amy Okuda) is the aggro Asian girl with a backbone as strong as her gaming addiction. And Bladezz (Vincent Caso) is the Internet slang-spouting Keanu-Reeves-y cool dude with the wannabe-Neo 'tude.

That YouTube award handed to this crew (which includes co-producer Kim Ivey and directors Jane Selle Morgan and Retardid Policeman’s Greg Benson) is incredibly well-deserved, because The Guild is a rich, footloose comedy series that has its dexterous gaming finger strongly on the pulse of modern online life. Every performance is utterly charming, with Day and Parikh achieving special Noser mention as the inventively mismatched “lovers.” I now have an incredibly strong crush on Day, whose writing of every episode recalls the sharp wit of Joss Whedon (who is obviously a mentor of hers). Geeks of all stripes—gamers, in particular—will eat up this series, which seems crafted just for them (I love how the characters, even in real life, refer to each other by their online avitars). However, gamer or not, you will not be able to get enough of this wonderful show.

Here’s the first webisode that introduces the estimable Knights of Good. You can and will wanna see more at www.watchtheguild.com, where all the Guildie news is posted for your pleasure. And Felicia Day assures us that she’s hard at work on Season Two webisodes. Awriiiight!!!!

5 comments:

Codex said...

This is one of the best posts on my show that I've read, thank you so much for writing about it and sharing it with others!

XOXO
Felicia

Dean Treadway said...

Ahhhh!!! So excited!!! Codex, I love you!!!

Lisa said...

Dean, so glad you wrote about this! It had escaped me until I watched, loved and read about Felicia in "Dr. Horrible" and I'd resolved to watch them and now am even more determined to get to them asap! Wonderful post and how nice to get that wonderful comment from our new favorite heroine, Felicia Day!

Jane said...

Brilliant and wonderful. Finally something perfect to watch on my laptop during my lunch break. Thanks for another great tip, Dean!

Lisa said...

Found a nice interview with Felicia about "The Guild" here:

http://www.jackmyers.com/commentary/18-to-24-Insight/17356744.html