The Guild Season 5 Recap featuring Hank Green

Uploaded by geekandsundry on Oct 1, 2012


I'm Hank Green, the host of SciShow and one half of the
And welcome to the season five recap of "The Guild." And
also, for the uninitiated, lesson number one in Geek
Culture 101.
"The Guild" is a web series starring actress, and gamer,
and geek Felicia Day.
It's the story of Codex, a neurotic loner, who meets up
with her game guild IRL.
And learns that friends help you overcome obstacles that
you'd never be able to conquer on your own.
But at the same time, they can make life really complicated,
so sometimes you gotta let your inner
avatar save the day.
Even if your friends are the equivalent of a freaky nerd
reality show.
I said avatar in there, and I'm not talking about the
10-foot-tall blue James Cameron Avatars, but instead
the graphical representation of a user in-game.
Specifically, in a massively multi-player online role
playing game, where MMORPG--
This, of course, is the kind of game that Codex plays with
her guild. "The Guild" season five starts off with Codex and
the rest of the guild on their way to a gaming convention.
And of course, the experience shall be amazing, especially
because Bladezz's conversion into an internet meme got them
hooked up with free rooms and badges.
Internet memes, basically, internet wide inside jokes.
Oftentimes a random picture of a real person will become a
meme, like scumbag Steve, or annoying Facebook girl, or
good guy Greg.
These people then become actually famous.
Except that goram it, Bladezz's fame has waned, so
they barely managed to get one hotel room.
For the six of them.
ZABOO: Coffee table.
Not comfortable.
No sleep.
Codex confesses her unbiblical feelings about Zaboo to Clara.
And then, surprise surprise, Tink, arguably the most
mainstream and antisocial of the bunch, cosplays as an
anime character.
Once on the floor of the conference, Codex winds up
getting to play the expansion demo of the online game that
she plays with her guild.
Unfortunately, she inadvertently trolled the
creator of the game to his face.
MALE SPEAKER: How's the demo?
Great changes, huh?
They nerfed Rising Face.
Are they smoking crack crazy?
HANK GREEN: After turning to Zaboo for solace, she
confesses her feelings of like to him.
Which after four seasons, blows his mind.
ZABOO: Why now?
What changed?
CODEX: Why do people keep asking that?
Do I need a reason?
I mean, do people analyze how magnets work?
In physics class.
HANK GREEN: Meanwhile, Vork and Bladezz have wormed their
way into the autograph area with a get-rich-quick scheme
to capitalize on Bladezz's internet fame, and "The Guild"
continues it's tradition of being cameolicious.
High nerd appeal here, Brent Spiner, Grant
Imahara, Erin Gray.
Meanwhile, a slave Leia-clad Tink and Clara stumble onto a
steampunk booth.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Oh Princess Leia.
How original.
HANK GREEN: Slave Leia is probably the most common
cosplay of all time.
It's how Carrie Fisher was dressed when she was
temporarily owned by Jaba the Hut in "The Return of the
Jedi" and it's hothothothothot.
Oh, and steampunk.
They say it best themselves.
FEMALE SPEAKER: If you don't know, you should
probably move on.
HANK GREEN: Now a quick note here.
Successful indie game creators are in a constant battle
between the ultimate goal of, on the one hand, making a ton
of money with a very rare, successful game by selling it
to a huge game company that might destroy it.
And on the other hand, wanting to stay true to the fans that
helped build the success of the game in the first place.
Codex over here is the creator of her game, finally caving
into the urge to sell, potentially because of her
douchey comments.
In fear of her life, or her avatars anyway, Codex tries to
get the guild to care about this news, but Zaboo's too
busy with his new seat-savers network.
So busy that he had to get Master Chief assistants.
And the rest of the guild just wants her and Zaboo to hook up
and get it over with.
But a quick chemistry test reveals that there is no
longer a spark between them.
CODEX: It's not good.
ZABOO: I'm going to stop kissing you now.
CODEX: Please do.
HANK GREEN: Tink is worried that her adoptive parents will
be disappointed that she switched from pre-med to
costume design.
Vork becomes enamored at one of the stars from a boyhood
sci-fi show.
And Clara doesn't pass muster with the
snooty steampunk trio.
Meanwhile, Zaboo, drunk with power from his seat-savers
network, holds court with author Neil Gaiman, who is
king among geeks, having written one of the most
popular comics of all time.
And I honestly don't know how they convinced him to be in
these scenes.
Zaboo's rise to power continues when the Master
Chiefs rough up Kevin Sorbo.
And if that's not cameolicious enough, Bladezz and Vork get
invited to a celeb party, with the likes of Tom Lenk, Eliza
Dushku, Colin Ferguson, Dichen Lachman, and Zack Levi.
Tink finally tells her family that she ditched pre-med and
the consequences are non-existent.
Vork insults his idol.
Bladezz blows off his fans.
And Codex finally figures out whose inside the fox furry
suit that's been following her around all season, and it's
Wil Wheaton.
His character on the show, Fox--
get it--
had a thing with Codex last season.
And now is alone, and pathetic, and in a fur suit,
and just wants friends.
Finally, Codex is able to rally the guild to try to
convince Floyd not to sell the game.
Unfortunately, the only way to get at him is at a
costume only ball.
Fortunately, there's now a costume
designer in their midst.
So the guild is able to attend the ball, wearing a
combination of steampunk couture, Tink's original
designs, a munchkin suit of armor, and a found hotel room
object cosplay of Chewbacca, made of hotel carpet, a mop
and bath soaps.
In conclusion, Vork reconciles with Madeleine by saving her
from the path of a crashing, homemade blimp holding Clara
and the snooty steampunk trio that Zaboo was able to build,
thanks to his marathon panel attendance.
Bladezz wins back his fan base, while Tink heads off the
sleazy Head of Acquisitions with the help of Zaboo's
seat-savers network in order to allow Codex to convince
Floyd not to sell the game.
Also, the Master Chiefs kidnapped Stan Lee and turned
out to be hot gamer girls.
And we somehow got through this whole thing without
mentioning Nathan Fillion.
But Nathan Fillion.
And everybody lives happily ever after.
But especially Codex because--
See you Monday morning, right?
Work on those ideas of yours.

CODEX: Yeah, I kind of forgot to tell you guys something.
HANK GREEN: And that's where we pick up with Season Six,
airing October 2.