Riftworld Chronicles is the new, eight episode fantasy-comedy web series created by writer and director Jonathan Williams.
It tells the story of Alar, a wizard who has inadvertently travelled to our world by means of a mystic portal.
Unfortunately Alar's magic doesn't work in our reality, and he finds himself trapped in a sprawling, modern metropolis.
Soon he encounters Kim, a fledgling journalist frustrated with her current career path.
While Kim thinks the charismatic Alar is insane, he must navigate a world completely foreign to him.
Will Alar convince Kim of the truth of his origins? And what is the surprising connection they both share?
By the end of season one, some of these questions are answered, while intriguing new ones are raised.
Riftworld Chronicles is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of fantasy and comedy, certain to be a crowd pleaser.
The series resists the temptation to overload viewers with over-the-top cheesiness, and exaggerated caricatures.
Instead, writer/director Jonathan Williams opts to mine comedy gold with his script filled with sharp wit and funny situations.
The other chief series highlight is the cast.
Casting Tahmoh Penikett as Alar was an inspired choice. Mr. Penikett (best known for his role as Helo on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica) is completely believable as a dimension-hopping mage suddenly stranded in our modern world.
He plays the part straight, which makes his bewildered interactions with various city denizens genuinely smile inducing.
The other series lead, Erin Karpluk, is terrific as struggling journalist Kim.
Ms. Karpluk imbues Kim with a very grounded sensibility that makes her very relatable.
When the two lead characters finally meet, the chemistry is undeniable.
While there is definitely sexual tension between the two, it's very refreshing Mr. Williams avoided having them begin a romance and hit the sack.
Part of what makes this web series work is, at first, Kim truly believes Alar is suffering from some sort of mental breakdown - which is the normal reaction most of us would have toward anyone claiming to be a wizard from another world!
Having the characters begin a romance almost immediately would feel wildly inappropriate, and damage the central premise of the show.
Riftworld Chronicles also features exceptional overall production value, including gorgeous props, detailed costumes, vibrant visual effects, and excellent creature makeup.
Checkout the official series trailer ...
To view the entire 8-episode first season, as well as to find out more about the production, visit the official series web site RiftworldChronicles.com
Being a die-hard fantasy fan, this outstanding web series gets my highest recommendation. So step inside the portal, and visit the intriguing world of Riftworld Chronicles.
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