Ric’s Netflix Picks: “The Guild”

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What happens when your gaming life meets your real life?

Watch The Guild.

Codex (Felicia Day), the online gaming persona of Cyd Sherman, has come to the realization that her offline life, better known as her ‘real’ life, is in jeopardy. She is self-conscious, has no friends, and even her therapist refuses to see her. To rectify this she seeks out the real-life counterparts of her online companions, The Knights of Good. This strange band of online adventurers gather offline and embark of the ultimate quest to secure happiness in reality.

The Guild, a web-based series, is a polarizing and comedic examination of the obsessive nature of gamers and their culture. Day is the creator, writer, and series star. Her quirky charm balances well against her character’s self-consciousness which, like Day herself, is lovely. The rest of the series’ regulars are lesser known but well cast actors including Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Vincent Caso, Robin Thorsen and Amy Okuda. Each one of them plays a highly specific role: Zaboo (Parikh), the obsessive nerd; Vork (Lewis), the leader and bean counter; Bladezz (Caso), the short-sighted teenager; Clara (Thorsen), the cheery yet irresponsible mom; and Tinkerballa (Okuda), the secretive and dismissive enigma.

All of the major characters are devoted players of an MMORPG referred to as only: The Game. This show is filled with elements that players of MMORPG’s will recognize and identify with. One of the funniest things is when you see the characters apply gaming terms, tactics and etiquette to real-life situations. It’s something that we all do when given unfamiliar circumstances — relate it to the things we know the best. It’s a natural mechanism and the cast makes it look so smooth.

All six seasons of The Guild are available on Netflix. Each season plays as one “episode,” ranging from about 40 minutes to over an hour. In the later seasons, look for nerd-culture icon Wil Wheaton as a recurring character, and Simon Helberg (The Big Band Theory) in a cameo role. For more of Felicia Day check out Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, another of Ric’s Netflix Picks.

Rating:

4.1 out of 5.0

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