In case you haven’t heard of Felicia Day, you should take a look at several of the things she’s been in. You might remember her from Buffy as Vi if you were a fan of that show. Otherwise you might know her from the hit web series created by Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog as Penny. If you call yourself any flavor of geek you have to watch this at least once. Another very popular web series written by and starring Day is The Guild. It follows the hilarious pursuits of a fictional MMORPG guild whose members all live close to each other (a “local” guild). Again, if you are any species of geek you have to watch The Guild. Especially if you play any sort of MMORPG you’ll be able to relate to the comedy immediately. I’ve caught myself cackling from time to time when watching the later episodes with tons of cameos from big names like Stan Lee, Nathan Fillian, and Kevin Sorbo of the 90’s Hercules TV show fame.
Again, Felicia Day reminds us the queen of geek culture still reigns supreme. She not only wrote the story for the 6 episode web series but stars in it as the lead character Tallis. Each episode builds the story from each of the characters she picks up along the way while chasing down a powerful wizard who escaped from prison. You are reminded in each battle scene that Tallis isn’t to be underestimated. From dual wielding daggers to bare-fisted brawling the fight scenes are actually exciting with well-placed fake blood spurts to make it just a little more realistic. There are “making of” type videos on YouTube as well where Day explains what happened in each episode and behind the scenes information that’s fun to learn about. My favorite is where she explains how she had to train with stunt men on some of the action and she really enjoyed learning how to dual wield real daggers! XPlay did a cool on location preview that’s also worth watching. The special effects aren’t too shabby as can be seen whenever the magic users cast spells you can tell a lot of time went into making it look really great as compared to some low budget videos that can be found all over the web. There is even a love interest (or two?) that develops along the way. If you are a fan of the Dragon Age series of games you should stop what you are doing and watch the 6 episodes linked on the image above. Each episode is only around 10 minutes long but Felicia Day pulls of plenty of story line and action all while keeping you entertained the whole time. Even the music and sound effects will keep you glued to your screen.
Bonus: I got to meet Felicia Day, Amy Okuda, and Robin Thorsen from The Guild at DragonCon 2011. I walked away with an autographed The Guild season 4 DVD and a picture with Felicia Day. I can tell you personally from all the other TV and movie stars I’ve met at DragonCon Felicia Day is one of the nicest and sincerely geeky of them all. I will recommend anything starring or written by her.