Dragon Age: Redemption (DAR) is the 2011 fantasy web series written and co-produced by geek queen Felicia Day, and based on the popular RPG video game by Bioware.
Admittedly, I was vaguely aware of DAR, but since video games aren't a big passion of mine, the entire project flew under my radar.
After stumbling upon the project, I decided to give the series a watch - and I'm glad I did.
In the world of DAR, being a magic user sucks.
All magic is powered by an alternate, demonic dimension called the Fade. Unfortunately, magic users become vulnerable to demonic possession each time they use their powers.
Because of this, mages are oppressed by the state religion known as “The Chantry” and their holy warriors called Templars.
The Chantry is in constant conflict with another religious sect called the “Qunari,” whose inhuman followers forcibly convert humans, dwarves and elves to their strict dogma, the "Qun."
Disobedience to the Qun is the ultimate sin.
The unfortunate mystics of both cultures usually find themselves used as unwilling tools in the endless war between the Chantry and the Qunari.
Against this turbulent backdrop, you are introduced to Tallis (Felicia Day), a disgraced elven Qunari assassin.
She has been given one final chance to redeem herself - track down the rogue mage Saarebas (Doug Jones), who is intent on creating global chaos.
Joining Tallis on her quest is: Cairn (Adam Rayner) a Chantry templar with a secret agenda of his own, the young elven wizard Josmael (Masam Holden), and the berserker mercenary Nyree (Marcia Battise).
The entire web series is comprised of six episodes that altogether run for approximately an hour.
In all, DAR is an enjoyable romp fans of fantasy in general can enjoy.
There is one caveat: viewers (like me) unfamiliar with the video game can find certain aspects of this world a little confusing.
Fortunately, the producers wisely include a brief prologue explaining pertinent plot points at the beginning of each episode.
The story is fairly straightforward and doesn't break any new ground, but it doesn't really need to. It entertains well enough as a standard fantasy adventure.
The cast, led by the charismatic Ms. Day, give convincing performances. Also, the overall production value is very good - which is as it should be since Bioware is a producer.
While other reviews have been critical of this project citing subpar plotting, aesthetics and dialogue, I have to disagree.
While the series does its faults including: some very cheesy bits of dialogue; Ms. Day's elfen ears look surprisingly fake; and the relationship between Tallis and Cairn seems forced, DAR still manages to create a compelling narrative - something many big-budget genre movies fail to do.
Watch the official trailer below to get a feel for the series:
You may watch the entire series on YouTube.
If you are looking for a fun, well-executed fantasy-adventure, Dragon Age: Redemption will certainly fit the bill.
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