The Guild: Season 5
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For the first time, Season 5 takes the Guildies out from behind their computers and on a road trip to an epic fan convention, MegaGame-O-RamaCon! Codex (Felicia Day, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dragon Age: Redemption) tries to rally the Guildies to action when she overhears upsetting news about "The Game." Bladezz tries to make money with his Cheesybeard's pirate alter-meme-ego, while Vork is starstruck by his boyhood crush, sci-fi heroine Madeleine Twain (Erin Gray, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). Meanwhile, Clara tries to make friends with a snooty Steampunk trio, Tink hides from her past and Zaboo joins up with Halo's Master Chiefs... wha?! This unrated DVD includes all 12 episodes from Season 5 featuring special guest stars Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner and more! Plus exclusive bonus material never before seen on the internet.
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First of all, it works in France with my zoned DVD player. :D
I ordered it on January 15, it was planned to arrive on Feb 23. I thought it was Jan 23... >_<
But eventually I received it on Jan 27, which is great. (But DHL-global tracking sucks, according to it the package is still in Illinois).
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I like this series very much. I watched previous seasons online, and wanted to see the new season before it becomes online.
The quality of the video is very good !!!
720x480@60fps (real, doesn't look like ugly upscaling, no noise even in dark environment)
English soundtrack AC3 stereo 48kHz 224kbps
The script is even included in the DVD, as a PDF file.
I like Felicia Day very much, as an actor but also as the creator of this show.
I recommend buying it, at least to support the making of this show.
If you liked the previous seasons, you'll like this one. The type of humor is the same, but for the first time the guild goes on a road trip. It's possibly the first time any of them have individually gone on a road trip, let alone as a guild. You get to know more about the lives of characters, particularly Tink.
As far as the packaging, extras, etc., they're on par with previous seasons. It's a solid purchase at a decent price.
Most of the drama of this season (and a lot of the laughs) comes for the ever-developing relationship between Codex (Day) and Tink (Amy Okuda). These two are a blast to watch as a pair. Tink is her usual acerbic self, but finds herself sharing secrets with Codex, only to have Codex light the road to relationship hell with her good intentions. The plot with Codex and The Game's designer is less interesting, besides serving to move the drama forward later in the arc. However, as a writer Day tends to be generous with "the good stuff" and uses Codex mostly as a rallying point anyway, so this is a non-issue.
Vork (Jeff Lewis) teams up with Bladezz (Vincent Caso) in what can only be described as a scam to make money off of Bladezz's sublimely ridiculous internet commercial from Season Four. I like Caso's character because he never seems to learn his lesson. Any time he admits fault is largely by accident, and yet he remains extremely likeable (many fans protested the virtually unknown Caso being fake-ousted from the Guild in Season One). Not much can be said about Jeff Lewis that hasn't already been said. He's just an incredibly funny guy. It must have been really hard to not put Lewis and Parikh together again this season, and I understand the decision to cut back on that pairing, but I don't like it. I'm a greedy fan and I want more.
Clara (Robin Thorsen) gets a solo plot involving a Steam Punk cosplay troop. For what seems like a pretty minor subplot, it pays off in a big way. Clara is definitely something special and I kind of wish she had a another chance to play off the others like she did with Okuda in Season Four. Her childlike sense of fun and self-centered cavorting do clash very well against the cold and haughty cosplayers, though. I'm not sure if this was intended, but Clara has that brilliant "Homer Simpson" appeal. She's a lousy parent, she's not smart, but she finds so much joy in things it's impossible not to like her.
If I had to pick a lamentable subplot it would be Zaboo's (Sandeep Parikh) "seat-savers" arc. It served as a framework to bring in some incredible cameos, and Parikh played Zaboo's Kurtzian insanity *perfectly*, but I really missed the good-natured Zaboo of earlier seasons. Is the arc hilarious? Yes. But I really wanted to see Zaboo grow as a person and come to the conclusions he makes through introspection and development as a grown man instead of rushed lack of interest brought on by ultra-fandom. Day always gets the characters where they need to be, but in this case it feels sort of like a shortcut. I will say it was amazing to see Parikh steal scene after scene no matter who was placed in front of him.
Overall this is another great season of "The Guild." If I seem to be too hard on this little webseries it's because I don't regard it any lower than the scripted network shows with millions of dollars in their budget. Felicia Day and company are simply excellent at what they do and deserve praise as well as honest criticism. This season sort of feels like the end of "The Guild," but let's hope that I'm wrong and there's more to come from these talented people.
***EDIT: I'm not being a doomsayer, it just seems like the end of this season could be considered the "Series Finale" because of where it puts the characters (especially Codex). I'd personally love to see plenty more stories with these characters.
One memorable moment is the balloon scene. Clara was stalwart in her composure as the ship went down.
If you are a guild fanatic and I am one you will need to purchase the DVD. Just dial back you credulity and realize that all shows eventually get stale and worn. This crew is just more lovable on the down turn.
The Guild season 5 may not be suited to everyone's tastes, but I thought it was phenomenal. I bought it twice, for crying out loud. I consider the second purchase an endorsement for season six. The Guild has been great and different in each season. I hope it continues for a long time to come.