Geek and Sundry is what I would call ESPN for geeks and nerds. It is geek girl hero, Felicia Day’s creation that she sold to Nerdist (which was recently bought by Disney, btw). Hubby and I used to watch their shows, such as Tabletop with Wil Wheaton and Caper, when we crawled into bed together. (Yes, because that’s what a married couple does in bed).
Twitch seems to be the new thing in internet broadcasting, hosting live feeds of just about anything (probably). Geek and Sundry’s new Twitch channel broadcasts many of their hosts playing a variety of games, often explaining a vast amount of rules and being totally hilarious. You kind of fall in love (the platonic kind, most of the time) with these friendly and endearing people.
And then there is Critical Role.
In this show you follow a number of voice actors as they play Dungeons and Dragons. This show airs on Thursday nights, live on twitch. I believe it starts around 7pm on the west coast, 10pm on the east coast. It is hosted by the chameleon himself, Matt Mercer. The man is seriously amazing and I do believe my husband has some kind of man-crush on him. The cast include: Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Liam O’Brien, Sam Riegal, Talesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, and sometimes Ashley Johnson and Orion Acaba. The viewers follow Vox Machina, the name of their adventuring group, as they fight their way out of Kraghammer and try to reclaim a city.
Hubby happened to come across this one day, I’m not sure how. He was drawn in immediately and began to devour all of the previous episodes. That’s when I started to look over his shoulder. Slowly but surely I was sucked in. It had begun life as an at home game that the actors played in their spare time until they were asked if they’d like to bring it to the channel. The cast spares nothing, using their talents to bring their characters to life before the camera. There come points where you forget that you’re watching a bunch of people sitting around, playing a game, and the story becomes real.
Scanlan, the gnome bard played by Sam, is hilarious. He can often be found defecating on something or impersonating Burt Reynolds. In a recent episode the gnome slayed a vampire with a taunt while peeing everywhere. On the other end of the spectrum there is Keyleth, played by Marisha Ray. She’s often socially awkward and all too ready to talk about emotions. Don’t be fooled because this half-elf druid can really kick some butt when she takes on her minxy form. And this is only two of the characters.
Like I said before, Matt Mercer (who you’ve probably heard before because he does voice acting for everything) is a chameleon. One second he is laughing at something funny a player said and the next a scowl takes over his face and a stranger’s voice come out of his mouth. No two NPCs are ever the same. My favorite had to have been the insane black powder provider they met in the foreign city with his mad eyes and spider like arms. And don’t get me started on Matt’s Halloween costume that HE MADE HIMSELF. Look it up. Please.
Because of the late hour Critical Role plays on the east coast we don’t often stay up to watch it live. Instead, we impatiently wait for it to be released on the Geek and Sundry website. I suggest that you do, too, because it is an amazing story told by the best in the business. The show has lost Ashley Johnson for the time being as she’s filming for Blindspot and the hilarious Orion Acaba has left the show for the time being, but the show still manages to captivate. You never quite know what they’re going to do next. Don’t wait, become a Critter now.