The fantasy-comedy web series Walking In Circles (WIC) is a humorous and slightly subversive love letter to the fantasy genre - especially the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game.
Created and written by James Rodehaver, the series chronicles the adventures of a band of unlikely heroes as they set out on a quest to slay an infamous dragon.
The members of this very un-merry company are:
- Krag (Eric Radic) A vengeful, young barbarian who formed the band - and gets far less than he bargained for
- Angie (Katie Wilson) A free-spirited Druid who abhors violence, and has never met a tree she didn't want to hug
- Markus (Adam Rady) A sarcastic, barely competent wizard
- Garand (Jonah Priour) A bard who seeks ballad-worthy adventures, but instead only annoys the hell out of everyone
- Alex (?) Dressed in black, all we know is she is mysterious, stealthy and deadly
While the party consists of classic fantasy archetypes, these heroes are slightly off-kilter, which makes for hilarious interactions.
WIC's humor is also very self-referential.
It pokes good-natured fun at fantasy fandom. A prime example is when the party encounters a cult whose members mindlessly worship the word of the Dungeon Master.
While the satire is sharp, just as impressive is the cast.
The actors play their roles straight, which makes the humor all the more effective. Additionally, they have real acting chops and chemistry together.
To get a taste of the tone of the series, watch the pilot episode Party Up:
WIC possesses very good overall production value including detailed costumes, and scenes shot in beautiful locales. Impressive for an independent project.
Make sure to watch the 11-episode first season in high definition.
My only criticism is the series is fairly dialogue heavy with very little action. Some viewers may find the pacing a bit off.
However, the teaser trailer for the forthcoming second season has been released, and it seems to promise a lot more action:
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