Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Genre Character of the Week: Neil

Last week we looked at Captain S, the Video Land Defender. That guy was well meaning, friendly, and exactly who you wish you could be if you were ever sucked into a video game. This week, I'm taking a look at pretty much the polar opposite to Captain S; Neil, from the web series The Legend of Neil.

A quick warning, The Legend of Neil is entirely Not Safe For Work - it is incredibly funny, but not the kind of thing that is even a little work or kid friendly.

The premise of the show is simple, What if you were sucked into the original NES game, The Legend of Zeldda? What if everyone there thought you were Link (the main character in the game)? and what would you do if you were pretty much the total opposite of the brave and honest Link and instead were a lying, cheating slacker?

The show itself pokes a lot of fun at the original game, including many of its characters and concepts, but for me the main appeal of the show is definitely Neil himself (played by Tony Janning - pictured above), a man who has fallen into this crazy world and is willing to do almost anything to get out of it.

Much like Jim Profit, Neil is not the sort of Character of the week I would want to invite into my own life, but I can definitely admire him from afar - very very afar. If you haven't seen the show yet, check it out. It is totally worth the watch.

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