on February 28, 2010
No matter what your taste, you may very well enjoy the quirky humor in these two seasons of The Guild. Made by gamers, about gamers, for gamers. Very short episodes but each one ends leaving you wondering just what is going to happen in the next.
Codex -- aka Cyd Sherman -- has a sad, sorry life. Her only social life is her RPG guild, her therapist has dumped her, she has no job, and now her online friend Zaboo is living in her apartment.
And that is only the setup for "The Guild Seasons 1 and 2," a hilariously geeky webseries that follows the misadventures of a bunch of RPG geeks in their offline lives. Everything about this series is mind-blowingly funny -- the actors, the scripting, and the many troubles that these nerds encounter in their lives (ranging from an angry Hinjew mom to a cosmetic orb).
In the first season, Codex (Felicia Day) is horrified when her fellow guild member Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh) shows up at her door, and declares his undying love for her. Having nowhere else to go, he ends up living on Codex's couch, even as Codex struggles with Zaboo's hostile mother. Will Codex be able to get rid of Zaboo without relinquishing him to the iron grip of his mom?
Meanwhile, the lecherous teen Bladezz (Vincent Caso) causes unrest in the group, causing Guild leader Vork (Jeff Lewis) to talk about the possibility of kicking him out. But it turns out that Bladezz has some clout with the group, no matter what
The second season has Codex and Zaboo finding a new apartment, since Zaboo's mom got her evicted. But her apartment comes with a bonus: a sexy stuntman that Codex desperately wants to impress. At the same time, she manages to unload Zaboo on Vork as his new roommate, and Tinkerballa (Amy Okuda) uses her feminine charms to get stuff from Bladezz.
Then the Guild is hit by a terrifying threat: four hours of server downtime! How will they cope with four hours of the real world? One word: PARTY. Several words: wild party that will involve fighting, kissing and betrayal.
"The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2" is one of those webseries that shows why conventional TV output is going the way of the dodo. This show is head-and-shoulders above bad sitcoms and reality TV -- excellent writing, hilarious running jokes, weird characters and jokes centering on the social misfits who are united by RPG gaming. It doesn't care that it's a niche series.
Most of the humor stems from the characters' personalities and their total lack of normal social lives ("You have the maternal instincts of a wood-chipper!"). There's a bunch of running gags that wind their way through each season, leading up to a climactic battle with whatever is threatening the Knights of Good. It may be a sexy stuntman, or it may be an aging Indian woman with glowing eyes.
And the actors do brilliant jobs as the shy neurotic Codex, neglectful mom Clara, lewd teen Bladezz, smothering stalkery Zaboo, cold cruel Tink and "old lady with a penis" Vork. They range from merely strange to outright insane (Vork has a ROOM FULL OF GARBAGE), and almost every line wrings some humor from SOMETHING -- one example would be the running joke about Codex's gay ex-boyfriend, whose cello she set on fire.
"The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2" ends up being like M&Ms -- each episode is small, but you just won't stop until you've run out of them. Addictive, insanely funny, and well worth watching.
on December 22, 2010
Besides helping to support the show, there's a lot to be found in this 2-disc DVD set. There are two separate commentaries (cast or crew) for each season, interviews for the cast and crew, gag reels, full episode scripts, and audition footage. You're definitely getting your money's worth and it's an awesome pick-up for fans of the show. The commentary with the cast itself is almost as entertaining as the seasons themselves.