Fans of fantasy comedy are in for a treat with Riftworld Chronicles, a set of eight webisodes about a dimension-traveling wizard, Alar (Tohmoh Penikett) who ends up stuck on earth without his magical powers. When he enlists the help of journalist Kim (Erin Karpluk) to help him on his quest to return home, the misadventure begins.
I stumbled across this after seeing it recommended on a few Supernatural pages (Penikett played the angel Gadreel in Season 9), and thought I’d give it a watch. Since each episode is only about five minutes long (there are eight episodes in total) I got through the whole season in one sitting. Perfect for binge watchers on a time schedule!
I didn’t have any particular expectations even though the trailer looked amusing, but I was blown away at how good Riftworld Chronicles was. Great acting, superb effects considering the budget (it was funded via Kickstarter), and a perfect blend of fantasy and humour. It reminded me a little of the humour of Sleepy Hollow, with the whole “a man out of time” idea, and it could have been cheesy, but instead it was genuinely funny. I laughed out loud in every episode.
I couldn’t find any information before watching as to what ages it would be suitable for. It contains a bit of swearing in some episodes, drug use, and a tiny bit of violence. If you enjoy reading or watching fantasy with a comedic edge, then give season one of Riftworld Chronicles a try when you’ve got a spare 40 minutes.