Live-action fantasy is hard to pull off. Fantasy is heavily reliant on special effects and elaborate action sequences, and the hallmarks of the genre are over-the-top villains, hammy dialogue and larger-than-life heroes. None of these things are easy to do in live action unless you have Peter Jackson's skill and budget.
As such, anyone watching Redemption has to be prepared for a certain level of Narm
. It's not quite as bad as the old Saturday afternoon action series like Hercules The Legendary Journeys
, but it's still pretty cheesy. The shoestring budget does not help, especially in regards to the magical effects.
If you can stomach the inherent corniness, however, there's a fair bit to like about Redemption
. It's a very easy watch, and while the plot is predictable, it's also a lot of fun. Most of the appeal will be to Dragon Age
fans; outside of a few minor mistakes here, the series is very faithful to the lore. But anyone with a taste for fantasy should be able to enjoy it.
On the whole, the performances are good (particularly from the actors playing Cairn and Nyree) and the writing is decent. Day even makes for a fairly convincing Action Girl
In some circles, Tallis has been branded as a Mary Sue
character because Tallis is never called out for the abuse she heaps on others, particularly poor Josmael. Tallis might be a little too easily forgiven, but the character slips up too often to be considered as wish fulfillment.
The one major criticism I'll level at Redemption is that it's not long enough. The story wraps up a little too quickly and could have been stretched to seven or eight episodes. That in itself should be taken as an indication of the series' quality — at the end of it, I was left wanting more.