I’m going to try and keep the comparing of Dragon Age: Redemption to The Guild to a minimum, but it’s going to take some effort. Creator and Producer Felicia Day (of Buffy, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and The Guild fame) stands as a lone pioneer when it comes to taking her love of video games and experience one the screen to a new level, beyond the console. Redemption is Day’s sophomore production, and with the funding and support of Dragon’s Age developers BioWare, Redemption expands on her talent of writing and producer. There is a certain signature wit interwoven throughout the script that boasts Day’s creative ability, and the production quality of a mystical world with elves and goblins has an authentic touch (though CGI in any show could always be improved).
The question for me going into it was if non-gamers (or more specifically, gamers who haven’t played Dragon Age) will appreciate the miniseries? Or, even, should they? The gamer in me knows that the series would find it’s largest audience with those who understand the story line, and the mythical jargon/plot that dominates the show. The series sticks close to the video game plot, and Day shared in an article with Paste Magazine that she wanted the miniseries plot to be specific in its focus and honest to the video game’s already established fan base. She completely immersed her self into the game’s world to have a better grasp of what the show should look like, and how the plot line should go. BioWare also announced that Day’s character in the miniseries, Tallis the Elven assassin, will be featured as a character in the “Mark of the Assassin” DLC pack.
At the current point in the series (3 episodes in) it’s difficult to get a strong grasp of if the series will be worth it for viewers of either group. With new characters still being introduced, and the plot line still has to be developed, and it’s hard to carry much significance in any of the episodes short clips. However, Day’s writing has already established the behavior of the two primary characters and as I mentioned, her dry humor carries through the dialogue.
The show starts (parts one, two and three) with a drawn out intro, including various facts that are relevant to the story line. Nerds will enjoy it, but for other fans who are more interested in the meat of the episode, the Wadsworth Constant is definitely in play. The increased effort on production also adds some beef to the credit reel, so while the episodes boast an average ten minutes of video, a good percentage of is intro or credits. My recommendation? Instead of just watching one or two episodes, allow the series to build some momentum before you sit down and buy into the seven minute clips. It makes the series more enjoyable, and gives a better idea of what you can expect from Day.