Why You Should Watch Critical Role

My current obsession: Critical Role.

If you have ever heard of Critical Role and are unsure of checking it out, I am telling you that you should take the plunge and do it. I was a bit shy about jumping in at first, especially since there are so many episodes. But it just kept coming up and I decided to just go for it and see what it was all about.

Though after seeing Ginny Di and her amazing Jester definitely helped it along. You should definitely check out her channel because she has some great videos. She also recently uploaded a video of transforming her fiance into Fjord.

So after all this, I decided to start with Campaign 2. One because there were less episodes than the first first campaign. It seemed less daunting to catch up with they are airing now and then I can go back and watch the first campaign afterwards.

The premise of the show is that the whole cast are all professional voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons lead by their DM Matt Mercer. Campaign 2 has them portraying a whole new cast of characters that are pretty different from who they were in the first.

Cast:

  • Laura Bailey as Jester

  • Travis Willingham as Fjord
  • Ashley Johnson as Yasha
  • Marisha Ray as Beau
  • Liam O’Brien as Caleb
  • Sam Riegel as Nott the Brave
  • Talisen Jaffe as Mollymauk Tealeaf and Caduceus Clay

Though they all have had their chance at playing Dungeon Master with a bunch of one-shot campaigns. Laura has one that is literally a Harry Potter and Breakfast Club mash-up that is a lot of fun.

I’ll link their IMDB page and you can check them out yourselves because their credits are long, and they’ve been in so many amazing things.

There are a couple of ways to watch the shows as well. The first is easiest when you are caught up, but that is to watch live on the Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel. The VOD is then uploaded onto the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. There are playlists for both campaign 1 and 2 to make it easier. The last way to watch is actually in podcast form.

As an avid book reader, Critical Role is like a book that hasn’t been completely written yet. The thing about Critical Role is that you never really know where it is going to go. Sometimes I don’t think the DM does either. He can prepare a great battle, but it is like herding cats sometimes that go in a completely different direction.

Every character has such a range of emotion and intricate backstories. As a viewer, we get to see this unfold slowly. We get a sliver of what it is, but then it can get turned all around at the next reveal. I’ve noticed this especially with Nott where she gives you clues on her characters background that won’t make sense until you get to that episode.

I spend so much time laughing even when they are in an intense battle. When my mental health isn’t the best, it has been great about helping me out of that. I feel so connected to these characters and their journeys because these characters are so well created. They are so human even if they are a blue tiefling cleric whose spiritual weapon is a giant lollipop (can you tell how much I love Jester?)

Caleb and Nott’s relationship is one of my favorites. When she said, “He’s my boy,” I felt that so much. There is so much heart involved in these stories. There are so many ships that can possibly happen. My current favorite ship is Fjord and Jester.

I urge you to take a chance on this show if you haven’t already. It is a show filled with fantasy, friendship, secrets, and so much more. It has taken over my life, but in the best way possible.

I hope to have some more critical role posts in the future.

(The dice in the photo I purchased from CozyGamer on Etsy, if you want to get some of your own)

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