Does Felicia Day have the stuff to carry a live-action riff on BioWare's Dragon Age fantasy roleplaying series? I guess we'll find out when her new series, Dragon Age: Redemption, airs later this year on the web.
Day, who you may know from Xbox Live comedy show The Guild, apparently wrote and co-produced the series, and stars in it as an elf assassin named Tallis with a "really sarcastic sense of humor." A sarcastic elf? Why not. The game already has a sarcastic golem.
"I am an organic gamer and I love games, and I particularly love this franchise," Day told USA Today. "I put every single effort into making this something that gamers will be proud of."
"Even though we were constrained a lot as a Web series, none of the people who were involved took that as a constraint. They took that as a challenge."
You have to admire Day for trying. Fantasy shows staged in "high magic" milieus rarely work on low budgets. Even big ones. See: Eragon, Krull, Willow, and that disgraceful D&D movie with Jeremy Irons.
In Dragon Age: Redemption, Day's character has to hunt down a renegade magician. She can't do it alone, so the series' six episodes detail her search for others to lend a hand. You know, kind of like what you did in Dragon Age, attracting bards, dogs, spirit healers, murderers, and one preposterously underdressed shapeshifting mage.
Redemption takes place around the same time as Dragon Age II, BioWare's multi-platform sequel due early next month. A trailer for the show will debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, February 16.
Day's involvement raises standards slightly, but breath definitely un-held. Dragon Age's story, intended as an antidote to fantasy clichés, ended up celebrating most of them. If you're looking for higher-grade fantasy along the lines of writers like Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, Michael Cisco, or N.K. Jemisin, keep your eyes trained on CD Projekt RED STUDIO's The Witcher 2, which definitely won't have webisodes.
Source: USA Today