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on June 24, 2014
This was a great series. I'll miss it. Thanks to Felicia and all involved who worked so hard to put out a quality product.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 17, 2009
Slackers and fellow nerds, stand up. Or, like, whatever. Technology keeps on marchin', and now we even got web serial shows hitting it up big. Cutie-pie actress and self-avowed avid World of Warcraft gamer Felicia Day created, writes, produces, and stars in THE GUILD, a series focusing on a pretty pathetic bunch of online gamers. It's par for the course that these cats spend an unholy amount of awake time logged on to their game, "The Knights of Good," to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. But then real life barges in.

Felicia Day is "Codex" - which is the guild code name of our heroine Cyd Sherman - and Codex is a bit of a sad sack. She's just lost her job and her boyfriend. Her therapist just now broke up with her. And, responding to a knock on her door, Cyd has a face to face with her creepy but genial stalker Zaboo, who just happens to be a fellow gamer in her guild. Zaboo mistakes online flirting with Codex for honest romance, and he quickly becomes a house guest who won't leave. Thing is, Codex prefers her fellow questers where they are, online and not in the same room. However, in trying to cope with Zaboo's intrusion, she hits on the notion of having the guild members meet in person. Uh-oh.

Coming from a non-gamer's perspective, I find THE GUILD to be hugely entertaining stuff. Let's face it, most of us are at least a little bit like these hapless folks, and it's this commonality which keeps me tuning in and it's what made me snatch up this DVD. Felicia Day has mad skills. She's outstanding as the sweet, very insecure Codex, and she can't really be given enough props for juggling all the hats she has to wear to keep this show going. An accomplished violinist, Felicia even rocks the bow and strings in Season 2. The cast is comprised of no-name actors and Felicia's buds from her improv days - Jeff Lewis (the always deadpanned "Vork") and Sandeep Parikh ("Zaboo," a Hinjew) are friggin' hilarious. That the cast comes together like this and consistently produces these bits of awesome... well, it's a triumph for the underdog and the underbudgeted. Fact is, THE GUILD wouldn't have survived if the fans hadn't dropped in their donations; that's how strapped the show was. Felicia Day launches each episode with an entry from Codex's video log, which not only gives us even more of a window into her character but also cements her even further as the show's core character. Personally, I dig these v-logs because this is when Felicia comes up with her best facial expressions. She's so cute, man.

THE GUILD is a web sitcom, its recipe touching on themes of alienation, loneliness, obsessiveness, and sheer social discomfort. And, it turns out, when done right, these themes make you laugh. I'm not a gamer and so some of the gaming jargon zipped by over my head, but I still found plenty of relatable things (although, okay, I'm pretty horrified at how badly Clara neglects her kids - it's one of those "laugh as you cringe" deals). It's cute how the Guild members become each other's unlikely support system, on- and offline. Even Clara, who spends most of Season 2 crazy hammered, tries to fit in.

All 22 webisodes from Seasons 1 & 2 are here. Disc 1 has the first season webisodes and the following bonus stuff: 2 optional audio commentaries for each Season 1 webisode (one with the cast, the other with director/producer Jane Selle Morgan for episodes 1-5, producer Kim Evey, and director Greg Benson popping up from episode 6 on); cast interviews; audition footage with Vincent Caso ("Bladezz"), Robin Thorsen ("Clara"), and Amy Okuda ("Tinkerballa"); Season 1 gag reels; a Christmas Carol video; and the Season 1 script (PC downloadable as a PDF file). Word to the wise, the best bonus segments are the outtakes.

Disc 2 has Season 2, in which we get to know the Guild even better (especially Vork) as they interact with each other even more, and Codex sort of gets an outside life. There are also server shutdown woes and a betrayal from within and a cautionary tale about why you shouldn't ever leave your valuable stuff on a sofa. Also, the very hot, very tall Riley enters the picture, as well as that annoying movie stunt double. Bonus stuff on Disc 2: two commentaries, one with the cast, the other with Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, and director Sean Becker; Meet the Cast & the Crew & the Extras; more cool gag reels; Season 2's Episode One table read as the cast munches pizza; "Twas the Night Before Xmas" (the Guild version); audition footage of Fernando Chien trying out for the role of "Wade Wei" & Michele Boyd going for the role of "Riley" (with some great ad-lib stuff with Sandeep Parikh); some fan art (meh); and the Season 2 script (PC downloadable as a .PDF file). Lastly, the DVD case comes with a warm thank you note from Felicia to the fans, a graceful finishing touch to this highly watchable labor of love.
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on May 18, 2010
Like a lot of others, I first heard of this show via Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. A friend brought over a few of the Season 2 episodes, and I was hooked. It starts out low-key, but the humor builds the longer you watch, and just keeps building. I hurt myself laughing. The characterizations are terrific, and the dialog is absolutely hilarious. I've gamed (tabletop, not on-line) so I recognize a lot of the "types", but I think even people who've never games will respond to the quirky, off-beat, and very fast-paced humor and the plays on stereotypes.

The actress who plays Clare is my favorite. What a part, and she carries it off to perfection.
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on May 4, 2013
And now I can finally watch it without internet! (YAYYY~) The web series that got me into web series! Love this show.
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on November 20, 2015
Good watch
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on April 19, 2010
An incredibly good show, especially considering that it comes to us from the internet. I am amazed no network has picked up on it yet and developed it into a weekly sitcom. Maybe it works best in its current format of little 5 minute "vlogs" but it is certainly worthy of more! Felicia Day is excellent as a "relationship-challenged" woman who spends most of her time playing an online fantasy game similar in idea to World of Warcraft. The show revolves around her quirky friendships with the other players, and how awkward those relationships become when they cross over into the real world.
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VINE VOICEon January 17, 2010
Anyone who's played an MMORPG will appreciate the humor of The Guild, particularly anyone who's played or had to deal with an addict to WoW. The characters are extremely well done and the RL plot is funny. I doubt that anyone whose life hasn't been touched by such gaming communities will get the humor, though. While The Guild nails its target audience, people outside it will just be n00bs.
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on August 24, 2013
Love this item, it's useful and helpful and has worked out great for me. I did not have to wait long to get it!
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on November 3, 2009
Late in posting my review, but others already noted plot and character details, so no need to rehash those. Let me just say that Felicia Day and her ensemble deserve every bit of notoriety that The Guild is bringing them. If you're not a gamer, you may miss an occasional bit of innuendo, but the genuine writing and spot-on acting will hook you nonetheless. And, of course, it's funny as hell.

One nice aspect of the boxed set is that you can watch both Seasons 1 and 2 in uninterrupted glory. For me, that really helped bring home the character development between the first few episodes and the second season. It's almost like watching your kids grow, without the headaches. The progression continues in the current (third) season, which I'll be snapping up as soon as it's released to disc.

As an aside, if you're not familiar with Day's bio or other work, check out her Wikipedia and/or IMDb entries. She is an extremely gifted individual -- and talented actress, of course -- as well as a smart businessperson. (In a recent talk with my son, I used her as an inspirational example of what someone can achieve when they're smart, work hard and don't give up.) Her life story would probably make a great movie in itself, and she's only around 30 years old.

I'm not as familiar with the rest of the cast, but my limited exposure to other work from Lewis and Parikh was great fun, too.

Although, as one reviewer noted, you can watch these episodes online, why would you want to? With the DVDs, you get uninterrupted viewing, extras and a picture that looks great on a big screen. The only possible improvement would be HD on the disc. Plus, you're supporting someone who's made a name for herself the hard way -- and given us belly laughs and, really, new friends in the process.

Purely awesome, all the way around!
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on February 3, 2015
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