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After what seems like an eternity, The Guild is back on the air for its 5th season! If you haven’t seen The Guild before, I recommend that you go over to the official website and do a quick catch up. It won’t take you long, each episode only runs for a few minutes. This is one of the most popular web shows around, and is largely responsible for propelling Felicia Day to the internet stardom that she now enjoys.
Season 5 picks up right where Season 4 left off. Cashing in on his internet stardom, Bladezz has scored an invite to an upcoming convention for ‘The Game,’ and the guild are heading there in Vork’s van. After a predictably troublesome journey, the group arrive to find that things aren’t quite what they expected. Moving the characters out of their comfort zone and locking them in a hotel room together is a brilliant way to generate tension, and I look forward to seeing how things play out over the rest of the season.
The dialogue in this episode is as sharp as ever, and Codex’s opening monologue is a great reminder of why the internet loves Felicia Day so much. Codex’s relationship with Zaboo looks like it will be taking centre stage again this season, but this time it’s Codex who’s in for some quality pining time. The dynamic between these two characters has been the core of the show, and it’s a mark of Felicia Day’s writing skills that it still feels believable and hasn’t grown stale over four seasons.
But while the dialogue and the characters in this episode were as fun as ever, the episode as a whole seemed to be lacking something. I went back and watched the episode again, but there wasn’t anything definite that I could pick out. Maybe it’s just me, but there seemed to be a sense of anticipation throughout the episode that never pays off. Given the history of the show, I’m sure that things will ramp up soon enough.
What I Liked – The Convention employee was fun. Codex’s opening monologue was hilarious as always.
What I Didn’t Like – There’s nothing that really stands out, just a feeling that it’s all setup for what’s to come.
Rating – 3.5 out of 5 (Enjoyable)