Today in Geek News: Dragon Age is a web series, Voltron grows up and makes us sad, Arrested Development returns from the grave – for real this time – and Spartacus goes sexy, very sexy.

Greetings and salutations, programs.  Who’s heard of a game company called BioWare?  Apparently, they’ve made a few video games here and there over the last fifteen years.  Now the vast mythology that BioWare created in its Dragon Age IP is being translated to the windowed small screen.  Produced by Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible), Kim Evey (The Guild) and Dan Kaplow (United States of Tara) Dragon Age Redemption is a live action web series written by and starring Day as the elf assassin Tallis.

The premier episode of Dragon Age Redemption sees Tallis working as an agent of the Quinari in pursuit of a rouge mage.  Though background knowledge of the mythos will no doubt enhance a viewer’s appreciation of the series, the plot is wholly accessible to newcomers.  I’ll reserve further review until I see a few more episodes but so far it looks like quite the promising production.  The bigger question that this series raises is if we can look at Dragon Age Redemption as a market test for bringing other video game stories to mainstream television?  Though I’m usually the first to complain about a lack of originality on the small screen, I can’t imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t get behind  Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed as television proper.  For your viewing pleasure, here is the first episode of Dragon Age Redemption.

 

In other web video news, the saddest Voltron story ever told has hit the internet.  Director and TV personality Alex Albrecht (The Screen Savers, The Totally Rad Show) has directed a live action Voltron short called, Voltron: The End. Spoiler alert: it’s depressing.  It’s also one of the best things that anybody has ever dared to do with the Voltron mythology.  Timothy Omundson (Psych) portrays Lance, the pilot of Red Lion and last surviving member of the Voltron Force.  Call me a fanboy but somebody needs to give Mr. Albrecht several bath tubs filled with unmarked non-sequential C-notes so that he might make a feature length version of this story.

PS: there’s a standing invitation to both Alex Albrecht and Felicia Day to come on the podcast and talk about their projects.

 

Back in 2006, I wrote a series of angry blog posts about Fox’s decision to cancel the delightfully seditious series Arrested Development.  As you might expect, nobody cared about what I had to say.  But the powers that be, much like every member of the Bluth family, have come to recognize that they made a huge mistake.

At a recent cast reunion, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz announced that Arrested Development would return for a ten episode season to be immediately followed by a feature length movie.  On the unusual nature of transitioning from small screen to big screen format, Hurwitz explained that “…where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.”  Here’s to hoping that the “magic” hasn’t been lost over the years.

 

Last but not least, we turn our attention to porn.  Now hold on a second, restrain your outrage and let me finish.  There’s nothing new to seeing a television series or PG rated movie turned into porn.  With the release of the Star Trek TNG porn, which numerous people have reported as being a fairly well crafted trek plot featuring gratuitous sex scenes, genre porn might just be something worth talking about.

Case in point Spartacus XXX: The Beginning. The PG rated trailer wasn’t a poorly acted and tawdry preamble for a spoof of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  Indeed, Spartacus XXX seems like a production that is putting some attention to detail into the costumes, offering decent sets, and staging some proper fight choreography.  Moreover, the fact that the studio went to the trouble of making a PG rated trailer could suggest that the movie’s story is at least as important as its sex.  It also merits mentioning that there were times when the only objective difference between the Starz series, especially Gods of the Arena, and porno proper were a few choice camera angles and some better lighting.  I mean Romans stood around gambling over how long Varro would be able to last while ravaging another slave.  If proposition bets on coitus aren’t porn fodder, I don’t know what is.

Whether you’re interested or outraged, you won’t have to wait long as Spartacus XXX The Beginning is coming to DVD in November.

 

And that is your oh-so-sexy Geek News for October 17, 2011.  We who are about to (insert verb) salute you.