Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dragon Age: Redemption - a brave web series

Dragon Age: Redemption

Dragon Age: Redemption is a web series set in the universe of Dragon Age. The series premiered on 11 October 2011, coinciding with the release of the DLC Mark of the Assassin for Dragon Age II.

Written and starred by the geek Muse Felicia Day, the first season of the series will consist of six episodes, each episode focused on presenting one of the central characters (including Tallis, Cairn, Nyree and Josmael).

Felicia Day plays the elf assassin Tallis, in the service of Qunari, her mission to capture the wizard Saarebas , played by Doug Jones (Abe Sapien in Hellboy II and The Faun from Pan's Labyrinth). Yes, the web series had the cunning to bring people of this caliber, surprising those who still take web series with a grain of salt.

Some criticize the series, comparing the production to questionable television series like Hercules & Xena. In our humble opinion, critics should consider that it is a web series, a format that is still in its infancy, but Dragon Age: Redemption is a big step toward more ambitious productions, and an evolution of the format itself. It is clear that the budget was lower than expected, and production had limited resources, as well as the actors, including wonderful Felicia, have their limitations.
But it is also clear that despite the limitations, the effort of both production and cast are legitimate and both did the best with what they had.

We must take into consideration that our favorite genre, medieval fantasy, always faces difficulties when transposed to the screen, like Game of Thrones, which even with the budget funded by the powerful HBO have faced it's own share. Surely a film set in our contemporary world would find far less difficulty than a production set in a medieval setting, with the same budget.

Still  with Game of Thrones as an example, the medieval fantasy genre finds an additional complication with disbelief by the studios and the massive public, that before Game of Thrones saw the genre with suspicion, taking it for a "nerd thing" or something for adults who did not grow up. Game of Thrones has changed a lot this view by general television audience, in spite of the little faith in the genre initially put by HBO itself . Dragon Age: Redemption can do the same for the web series genre, as long as the true fantasy fans  keep in mind that this is a web series, a format that is still in its infancy, and does much with little, and certainly still does not count with a Hollywoodian budget.

Dragon Age: Redemption did its part in the process by presenting a relatively decent series, now it's up to fantasy fans to do their part by acknowledging the effort. With this, our favorite genre can just profit by leaving behind the stigma.

Chek out the available episodes of Season 1 of Dragon Age: Redemption: