Riftworld Chronicles Web-series – Review

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I totally loved this fresh take on fantasy, and I think you will, too! Riftworld Chronicles is a witty, urban fantasy that centers on a traveler from another world named Alar (Tahmoh Penikett from Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica) and the sarcastic, wannabe-journalist named Kim he mistakes for a fellow mage after she captures his “essence” and posts it on Instagram (Erin Karpluk from Being Erica, Supernatural).

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Thinking he is a delusional but harmless homeless man, she brings him to her apartment to meet her brother, and he and Alar rap fantastical about worm-monsters, manna, and other ogres. The catch is that for Alar, these things are all too real, and are bound to catch up with him even in this strange world he has stumbled into and can’t seem to escape.

This is one of those projects that has gone through several stages, so bear with the chronology. The first iteration of the concept was in the form of a short film called The Portal that was released in 2014. Next, there was a Kickstarter campaign to create the web-series, Riftworld Chronicles. As a campaign backer, I got to download all eight of the episodes, but they are also available on YouTube now for all to see. After the success of the web-series, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation picked it up and will be producing a one-hour show. The pilot is in development, and hopefully we shall see it have a long and happy run on the medium screen.

Check it out on YouTube . . .

Phoebe Darqueling is a writer and artist who is inspired by Steampunk, and though she may live in California her heart will always belong to Minnesota.

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