After far too long of a break from blogging, I’ve decided to return triumphantly with the conclusion to a list I started last year by bringing you the conclusion to my list of the best web series. I have other exciting blogging related news coming up soon, so stay tuned for it, as well as updates on DragonCon.
5) The Flog (and other Geek & Sundry offerings)
Have I reached the point of shameless Felicia Day fan, yet? If so, I can’t really help it. She’s an awesome chick, who would be awesome as hell to hang out with as we debated which regeneration of the Doctor is hotter and who would win in a logic fight: Spock or Data. The Flog is her video blog dedicated to all things nerdy. She recommends new video games, media, and websites, followed by a segment where she learns something new or plays a retro video game with her brother. It’s much more entertaining and hilarious than it sounds.
Geek & Sundry, the channel it’s hosted by, also brings us offerings like The Guild (see part 1), TableTop (w/ Wil Wheaton), and Written by a Kid. I admittedly haven’t caught up on everything Geek & Sundry has to offer, but there is literally something there for everyone. So if the Flog isn’t your thing, stop by to check out one of their other shows.
Genre: Vlog/Talk Show
Rating: PG-13 or R
Years: 2011 – Present
# of Episodes: 39 (as of this post)
Running Time: 5 – 10 minutes
Where to Watch: Geek & Sundry, YouTube Playlist for The Flog, Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel
A steampunk sci-fi/fantasy adventure set in the fictional kingdom of Eleysia, this web series follows the adventures of its title character, Riese, and her wolf-hybrid companion Fenrir who must evade the assassins sent by the Sect, the mysterious group which now controls Eleysia. Though the plot develops well, the series is relatively short, which leaves you wanting more. The costuming, however, is beautiful, as is the scenery, and the fight scenes are excellent. It’s definitely worth a watch. I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I fear giving away some of the plot twists, so I’ll just say this: if you have an hour to spare… watch it. There have been ongoing rumors that there would be another season, but as time goes on this seems less and less likely.
After its original release, the show was purchased by SyFy, re-cut, edited, and released under the title Riese: Kingdom Falling.
Genre: Steampunk Sci-fi/Fantasy
# of Episodes: Varies depending on where you watch it and which cut you see. If you find the original there are 6; the SyFy recut and remastered version (containing the noticeable addition of a narrator) contains 10.
Running Time: 56 minutes, give or take
Where to Watch: Netflix (where I discovered it), Syfy.com, Hulu
7) The Crew
There’s really only one thing to say about The Crew: it’s hilarious. It’s essentially The Office meets Star Trek and I watched all of the series while laughing hysterically. The Crew has a fantastic ensemble featuring a cast of characters that’s wildly varied: talented but under appreciated, vain, clueless and in over their head, and god knows what else. The mess they get themselves into is wild, crazy, and fantastic. If you’re looking for a laugh, you should definitely watch it.
The first season is still around, but it seems like Babelgum, the website which was supposed to have been producing the second season, has gone under, so the first six episodes have disappeared, unfortunately. Still, you should enjoy the 15 that are around.
Years: 2007 – 2009
# of Episodes: 21
Running Time: 3 – 8 minutes
Where to Watch: YouTube
My co-host introduced me to this show which he found at an Anime convention last year. I didn’t know quite what to expect as he described it to me, but what I found was an interesting show with extremely high production quality. The premise is this: Mark Leonard is a U.S. Army Intel Officer suffering from severe PTSD coupled with paranoia… except his fears aren’t unfounded. He’s actually being tracked by people who can disappear into thin air and who work for various factions all promising to help him as his friends go missing and he digs deeper into his new mysterious world.
The pros: The action sequences are amazing, but what would you expect from a production team and a show starring Dan Southworth aka the Quantum Ranger of Power Rangers Time Force? The picture and sound quality is extremely good. The story is gripping – I literally could not stop watching the episodes back-to-back – and it makes you think and theorize.
The cons: The show seems to have dropped off the face of the planet. Last year, they announced on their facebook page they were working with another distributor, and would be back in a couple of weeks. Months later, we still have nothing. Sad, since the first season of the show had already been filmed and been through post-production. I can’t help but wonder what happened, and part of me holds out hope that we’ll at least get to see the rest of the first season.
Genre: Action/Adventure SciFi
Rating: R, for violence and some language
# of Episodes: 6, so far. I believe 12 were planned.
Running Time: 6 – 9 minutes
Where to Watch: YouTube
So that’s the ending to my list. Hope you found something you can enjoy. It’s time for me to go catch up on The Guild, but let me know if I missed something that should have been on my list.