Sunday, September 16, 2012

Webseries Review: To Boldly Flee


In order to properly review To Boldly Flee, I feel like I have to talk about That Guy with the Glasses in general, which is the name of the website of this series. TGWTG started about four or five years ago, and it was about a group of people reviewing movies, comic books and games, usually in a comedic way. Over time, these people developed characters and personalities, and every year they would come together to create an anniversary video. And every year I honestly think they produce something amazing. To Boldly Flee is no exception.
Following on the heels of Suburban Knights (3rd anniversary) a character named Ma-Ti is dead. However, the Nostalgic Critic (Doug Walker) suspects he may still be alive. There is also a strange spacial anomaly orbiting Jupiter they need to figure out. And what better way to do this than using your own house as a spaceship? However, trouble comes when the Emperor, Terl and General Zod want to use the power of the anomaly for their own.

Think those names sound familiar? To Boldly Flee parodies a lot of science fiction-Star wars, Star Trek, Dune, Battlefield Earth, Cowboy Beebop, and Judge Dredd to name a few. Which is, unfortunately, what holds the series back a little. Even though I am pretty well-versed in science fiction, one or two references went over my head. Tragically, when they are parodying a couple of the scenes, the actors spend a little too much time repeating some of the lines of the movie. This happens more so in the first episode than any other episode in order to establish the set-up.
Still, there is plenty of original material in this movie-yes, I am calling it a movie because this is clocks in at about 190 minutes. The best scenes in my opinion are usually between General Zod (Doug Walker, playing double roles) and Terl (Noah Antwhiler) who demonstrate why it’s a bad idea to have only one guy who knows how to fire the photon torpedos.

Final Grade: 4 out of 5. There is a lot of great writing, acting, production value behind this, and it is definitely worth checking out. I would recommend watching Suburban Knights first to understand the set-up a little better. Both are available for free on That Guy with the Glasses, or you can buy the DVD's.


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