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This weekend, I finally watched all of The Guild, Felicia Day's webseries about a group of people who play a World of Warcraft-esque MMORPG. Felicia Day, as you may know, was Vi, one of the Potentials. As such, she has a built-in fanbase of rabid Buffy fans. So I viewed the first episode with a little skepticism, even though I like pretty girls and video games. It was pretty amusing, even if it went for the easy joke a few times (although a baby chewing on a power strip is hilarious); I was mainly unimpressed by the low-budget look of the thing, although I was impressed that they managed to give all the characters very distinct environments.
Here's the thing, though: the show is funded entirely by donations. And that's pretty awesome.
Anyway, the first episode introduces the first story arc, which is about a socially awkward Indian guy infatuated with a pretty redhead. HEY. WAIT. (My thing for redheads is very sad, as I don't think there are many Indian women who could pull off red hair.) I continued watching and got into the show really quickly because it's really, really funny. Most of the actors (if not all) are people Felicia met through improv, so it's no surprise they're all very good at creating funny characters.
It'll only take you half an hour to watch the seven episodes that are up so far (but you should also check out the gag reel and the Christmas special). And episode seven has a great ending that has me waiting anxiously for episode eight. The Guild has my stamp of approval!
It also has SXSW's stamp of approval, as it took home the Greenlight Award for Best Web Series. I have no idea what that is or how it's decided, but I thought that was pretty cool. The show is now up for the YouTube Awards and the Yahoo! Video Awards, so cast your vote if you like what you see. Which you will.
The other great thing about The Guild? It's partially responsible for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon's new musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day.
It's the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to.