Over the past few years, we have seen the rise of webseries. The Internet has become the platform for shows that thrive on a short format. They are a fascinating and creative way to tell stories, so I'm going to share with you my top 9. :)
9) Riese: Kingdom Falling
In this steampunk fantasy, Riese, after a coup has unseated her parents from power, is on the run from the current empress and her minions. Accompanied by a wolf, Riese begins to make discoveries about what's really going on.
The setting is intriguing and one of the most interesting ones I've encountered. Sadly, not a lot seems to happen over the whole series. It feels unfinished, and likely won’t be. But it’s one I will re-watch when the mood strikes me.
8) The Book Club
As an unashamed fan of Community, I hunted this one down for Danny Pudi who I find to be quite funny. A bunch of guys get together in a book club to discuss the books they're reading. Except the story always seems to come to life in hilarious or disturbing ways, depending on the subject matter.
From ninjas to Samara-type villains, this is a short-lived but easy to watch show. I really wish there was more!
7) The Legend of Neil
One day, a loser with a dead end job and a cheating girlfriend gets drunk, plays Legend of Zelda - and somehow ends up stuck in the game. He is now an elf questing to save a hot princess. Can he make something of his new life, even if it’s not real?
That theme song. That theme song. Ahem. Geeky hijinks poking fun at computer game logic. It’s enjoyable, adult fun.
6) Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager
Perhaps this one should be titled The Misadventures of Darth’s Vader Younger Brother Who Happens to be a Day Shift Manager at a Supermarket. Force shenanigans and amusing co-workers (Weird Jimmy is my favourite) make this repeat viewing for me, even if the quality drops in the later seasons. I used Kickstarter to help fund the fourth season and have my name in the credits of one episode. :D
5) Video Game High School
In the near future, video games are all the rage and those that triumph therein become global celebrities. BrianD, a so-so gamer, accidentally kills a reigning champion then receives an invitation to attend Video Game High School.
Girls, gaming, high scores and low blows - this show has it all. With longer than usual episodes for the format and decent production values, this feels like it could easily have a place on TV. The story, though cliched, is amusing. I’ve only seen 2 seasons so far, but I look forward to the last one.
4) The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl
This webseries follows J, who begins the series recently dumped and dealing with the regret of sleeping with a clingy co-worker. Added to this, she is awkward in social situations and cannot handle her job. J begins a relationship with “White Jay” which is extremely squeeful.
It’s so easy to relate to J - there’s always been those awkward moments in your life and those horrifying coworkers and those attempts to come off as cool, calm and collected only to end up looking completely disorganised and weird. I only meant to watch a couple of episodes, but then I just had to know what happened next.
3) Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
An aspiring supervillain chronicles his rise to power on his vlog. He’s accomplished at stealing and creating various weapons, but he can’t form a coherent sentence around the girl he likes. As this is a musical, very catchy songs ensue.
This is the first webseries I ever saw so it has a very important place in my heart. I know all the songs (so does my mum) and no road trip is complete without the soundtrack. It’s a neat little twist on the superhero genre and the cast is A+.
2) The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Elizabeth Bennet, though possessing a useless degree and no fortune, has an entertaining vlog charting the challenges she and her sisters face, dating and career wise. While Jane is very fond of Bing Lee, Elizabeth cannot abide William Darcy, the owner of Pemberley Digital. Be honest; you know where this series is going.
My second favourite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice EVER (obviously a certain 1995 miniseries trumps all others). The setting and characters are perfectly updated and I love that Charlotte is finally given something interesting to do.
1) The Guild
The webseries to end all webseries…es. Codex lives most of her life online in “The Game”, where she has a guild of players who she quests with for hours at a time, though she has never met any of them. This all changes when one of her guild mates tracks her down with the intention of wooing her.
The Guild made webseries cool and it made Felicia Day a geek superstar. And deservedly so! This really resonates with me because Codex's journey, over six series, mirrored what was going on in my life at one point. I loved the characters so much that it was very sad to say goodbye to them.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.