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Why Standard Action is awesome and you should watch it.

on December 29, 2012

A while ago, I posted a review of the web series Standard Action, which officially kicked off its second season Dec. 20th with a full length teaser episode on my tumblr. To celebrate the second season, I’ve decided to post it here, also because that was back when I didn’t have very many followers and I’m not sure if enough people saw it.

This is honestly one of my favorite webseries and it deserves all the attention it gets. I’ve linked the first episode with the series below. At the end of the post, I’ll link the teaser episode, along with a cool poster for the second season.

I have always been impressed with the way that Youtube has allowed everyday filmmakers the ability to create their own work. This is one of them.

Standard Action takes the idea of putting a dysfunctional adventuring party and gives it heart. Instead of going “Look, an Elven Barbarian! Isn’t that funny?”, the show gives the character, well, character, which is something I feel is lacking in shows like this. At the end of the day, it’s one thing to laugh at a subversion of typical fantasy tropes, it’s another thing to genuinely feel for a character.

It is the story of four misfits who are brought together to quite literally save the day. There’s Edda, an adorkable Elven Barbarian, Martin, a angsty Druid that doesn’t like to be outside, Fernando, a Half-Halfling Bard that is trying to be Lawful-Good, and finally, Wendy, an insecure Sorceress.

The shining stars of this show are the characters. Though sometimes the joke falls a little flat, the characters are written with a lot of heart. They are all very human (relatively speaking), and extremely likable (with the exception of Martin at some points, though I’m pretty sure that was intentional).

Though the acting is all very well-done, I feel that the outstanding performer is Joanna Gaskel, who plays Edda. In the video linked above, which is the first episode of the series, Gaskel is by herself monologueing for a good five minutes. I don’t know how many people have judged acting tournaments before, but these kind of performances can be downright painful if the performance itself is lacking. But Gaskell nails it. She never lost my attention the entire time, which is pretty steller.

If there is anything that could be better, it’s the production value. Let’s face it, I could kind of tell that someone of the indoor scenes were probably shot in the director’s house. But even here, the show spins it into their favor. Most of the scenes are shot on location in the forest, which simply makes the whole thing look better. The costumes were very well done, once again, the production team takes any shortcomings and works them into their favor. For example, Martin is wearing Converses the entire time. It’s totally lampshaded and played for laughs late in the season. However, the make-up and prosthetics are pretty well-done.

All in all, this is a very well done, heart-filled story about some adventurers who are trying to do good in the world, or at the very least make it through the day. I am excitedly waiting for the next season, and I hope that I can at least get a couple more people to watch.

First Episode Uploads Jan.8

First Episode Uploads Jan.8

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