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 personalities are written 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 zealously worship the word of the “Dungeon Master.”
While the satire is razor sharp, the cast turns in terrific performances as well.
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 solid overall production value including detailed costumes, gorgeous props, and scenes shot in beautiful locales.
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 slow burn.
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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