Web Series Review: The Guild

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve reviewed online horror shows. But you know what? The internet can be funny too.

"The Guild" Logo, from http://www.platformnation.com/2010/04/26/the-guild-ipod-comic-review/

Comedy is very subjective, especially when it’s made for a niché, internet based audience, and so it’s a little surprising that The Guild, an award winning sit-com about a group of online gamers, is pretty much universally liked.

The creation of producer/writer/lead actress Felicia Day, it follows the variously anti-social members of a World of Warcraft-ish group. Despite working together in game, they have never met. That changes when one member, naïve stalker Zaboo turns up on heroine Codex’s doorstep, convinced that they’re in love. Calling the rest of her team; antisocial Vork, narcissistic Bladezz, cruel Tinkerballa and self-centred Clara- to her aid, Codex tries to get rid of him.

Once they meet they keep on meeting, and together, have experiences.

That’s the first thing you notice about this show, there’s a bit of them trying to fit into the real world, but instead of following the cliché of freaks growing out of it, it’s just them being freaks. They might be horrible people, but gaming isn’t the reason why. It’s still not uncommon for geeky people to get demonised, and seeing a more human treatment’s pretty refreshing, even for a non-gamer.

Unsurprisingly for a show that’s so gamer-friendly, they form a big part of its fan base. Despite this, most of the jokes are character rather than reference based, so it’s not inaccessible to people who have no experience of computer games beyond Spider Solitaire and these are good characters; after the first few episodes they grow out of their stereotype and just start being funny. Five minute long episodes don’t have much time for character development, but every second is almost perfectly acted and written.

People who don’t like The Guild don’t like Felicia Day which is understandable (imagine Zooey Deschanel with a 80% more awkwardness, a computer and red hair). She’d be really annoying if the show had half hour episodes. But that’s one of the best things about web series; they don’t need to sacrifice quality for quantity.

With a great cast, sharp writing and even original songs and music videos, The Guild is now entering its sixth season of five to seven minute episodes, and worth catching up on.

The Guild’s website: http://www.watchtheguild.com/

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