At its core, VGHS has always been that of the clash between the real world of adults and the insulated world of youth. Its a familiar trope seen in many works of fiction, but with the twist of presenting video games as these modern day Neverlands that are increasingly realistic and accepted by the society at large. In the previous seasons, the show was concentrating on building this world of escapism, but mention of the real world consequences of that fantasy only in passing and without organization. But in this season, reality comes crashing down onto VGHS and it makes for a really good series.
The confrontations in this season, forces the characters to grow in very real and believable ways but its really Ted, who gets the MVP in my book. The cartoonish, one-dimensional, idiot-sidekick persona is given an origin story in episode 4 (I think) this season and it totally works. That entire episode is brilliant in so many respects, but, if I had to pick a favorite component, it would have to be Ted’s (the actor’s) acting. The challenge of Ted (the character) is great - he is struggling very hard between his inner turmoil and the comic mask he usually hides behind - yet Ted (the actor) vacillates between both sides of that character with incredible deftness. There are so many great moments for Ted (the actor/character) this season that I wouldn’t be surprised if they started calling the Acting Award for the Webbys, the Teddys from now on.
I could go on and on about the great acting, directing, everything this season, but I don’t want to turn this into a 3.5 essay. But I was just so compelled to write this, because I honestly am surprised (in a good way) that the team that makes VGHS had grown and matured enough to elevate the series from a fleeting entertainment that was “internet good” to an honest-to-god piece of art with a thesis that really speaks to me and my friends.
PS. Ellarly Porterfield (Ki) has got the best faces in the biz. I’m definitely going to tumblr to find Ki face gifs.
PPS. Binged all of it in one night. I wonder how much that changes the experience.
PPPS. Is it just me or has rate of girl punching boy in mouth gone up significantly since Hermione?
PPPPS. Social Gaming girl’s accent? was it Irish? Southern (American [USA])?
PPPPPS. The LAW is the best in these small, insane, doses.