To take advantage of the wildly popular game franchise "Dragon Age," the web series "Dragon Age: Redemption" premiered in October. The six episode live action adventure was written by and stars Felicia Day (The Guild). If you're a fan of either the game or Miss Day, this is a relatively enjoyable little program with good enough production values considering that it's a web series. I enjoyed it. If someone asked whether they should watch the series for free, I'd say sure. I don't know that I would so freely recommend purchasing the DVD version. If, however, this was included as a supplement within a deluxe version of any of the "Dragon Age" games--I'd say it was a terrific addition. The DVD has a wealth of extras, though, so if you're a fervent fan or a completist--you may want to check it out.
Here's what's included:
Web series: Six Episodes (running approximately 6-8 minutes each). (1) Tallis, (2) Cairn, (3) Josmael, (4) Nyree, (5) Mercenaries, and (6) Saarebas.
Day (complete with Elf ears) plays Tallis, who is given an opportunity to reclaim her status if she hunts down a dangerous mage who has escaped from confines. On the road, she meets a variety of characters in her pursuit and soon a quartet has banded together for the final showdown. There is nothing particularly extraordinary about the plot, but it is serviceable enough and Day is amusing. It's not feature film quality, nor would I expect it to be, but considering its web origins--I think it's nicely done.
Bonus features: Here is where the disc really stands out with over 40 minutes of extra material. If you loved the web series, this might make it worth it.
Bringing the Game to Life Featurette
4 Trailers for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and Dragon Age II peripherals
2 part TV interview with Creative Director Mike Laidlaw
TV Interview with Felicia Day
The features are primarily in alignment with the web series as opposed to the game (except the trailers, of course), so this is mainly recommended for those who LOVED these six episodes. KGHarris, 2/12.