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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest episode 31, season 2 finale

A couple of weeks ago, WoW Moviewatch highlighted a Neon Genesis Evangelion spoof from Baka Savant, the makers of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest. This past weekend marked the release of the Season Finale of CotAQ, the episode for which that opening was intended, which you can view above.

I know we have a number of fans of this series in our readership, but I have to admit, it's not exactly my favorite. The series manages to pull a few grins out of me now and then, but it's pretty much the definition of hit or miss. I laughed quite a bit at episode 30, but this one didn't really do it for me, for example.

The episodes (and the cast/actors) seem to jive best when they're breaking the fourth wall, pulling in a little bit of a random tilt to the dialogue. This episode has some of it, but it focuses much more on an attempt at a dramatic conclusion. I lol'd, but only a little.

As mentioned, this is the season finale of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest but certainly not the end of the series. The creator, Kamuraki, says we'll be seeing season 3 roll around in late spring or early summer. Keep an eye out!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: the Bells of Northrend


I have to agree with Kamuraki who said, when speaking about the song used in the Bells of Northrend, "Trans-Siberian Orchestra did the most AWESOME version of Carol of the Bells that will ever be done in the history of mankind. Maybe some alien race will do a better cover some day, but I doubt it."

"The Bells of Northrend" is Baka Savant's submission to A Very Northrend Christmas contest. It's a music video set to the sights of Northrend, obviously. The music playing is "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. (I've had the good fortune to see them in concert twice, and they do in fact rock.)

I think the Northrend imagery lines up incredibly well, which is probably a no-brainer given the winter weather. But the landscape of white-forests, vast stone architecture, and crystal landscapes works well with screaming guitars shredding their power chords. I mean, it is all very metal when you get down to it, and isn't that the point?

[Via Myndflame]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest: Ep. 30

This is the Chronicle of the Annoying Quest: Ep. 30. Something about the Chronicle of the Annoying Quest is starting remind me of that line from Spaceballs. Next up, Pongo reviews "Rocky Five...thousand." I wouldn't hate seeing Baka Savant get that far, if the episodes keep being so amusing.

There's different takes on whether or not you have to see all the episodes to "get" the humor. Some say you do, others say you don't. I say, "Why wouldn't you want to watch them all?" I had plenty of fun with my first episode, and I had plenty of fun with this episode as a stand-alone. But, the series is entertaining and worth the time to check it all out. Do yourself the favor and get caught up on the series.

Trying to avoid spoilers, I'll simply point out that this is the last episode before the season finale. I'm excited to see that finale, and felt like there's appropriate moments of buildup in this episode to get us there. Thanks to Baka Savant Productions for another awesome installment.

[Via WarcraftMovies]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 28


It's been so long since Moviewatch took a look at the Chronicle of the Annoying Quest that two more episodes have come out since then. I've decided to feature Episode 28 instead of Episode 27 because I feel it's the much better of the two. The humor is better and the pacing is quicker. It's interesting, though, that Bakasavant starts off both episodes very slowly, taking a bit too long to get to the point. In Episode 27, there's some messing about with flying mounts that, although somewhat humorous, doesn't add much to the story. And with Episode 28, there is a long intro as a tribute to the late Richard Wright which probably should've gone at the end of the episode.

I disagree with the previous Moviewatch post on Episode 26 in that, if you've never watched an episode of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, I don't think you need to watch the entire series to enjoy these last two episodes. (I haven't watched more than 8 of these episodes total.) The comedic timing alone in Episode 28 stands by itself. I think, also, that the series doesn't necessarily need an ending point. In that way it reminds me not only of an American soap opera, but also of WoW content in general. In fact, the title of the series itself suggests that its part of the reason the quest is annoying is due to its unending nature.

Bakasavant Productions says that Episode 31 will be the season finale. What the filmmakers mean by a "season," however, is beyond me. How long is a machinima "season"? How long will they be gone? Will they merely be taking time away from CotAQ to do other films or will they drop off the radar entirely? I hope it's not the latter.

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 26

It's been a while since we've written about Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, but honestly, after two years and 26 episodes, we're still not sure what's going on. This seems to be a series that you either love, or hate. Still, you can't fault Bakasavant Productions for being so dedicated to something. Their large fan base certainly doesn't.

In Episode 26, the Horde characters relive the gay cruise encounter from Episode 25, while the Alliance characters end up in the Shimmering Flats of Thousand Needles. While a bit shorter than usual, they manage to pack in plenty of jokes and references, including one to Death Note.

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Death Quest

Fans of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest will have to wait for a few weeks for Episode 25. In the meantime, Bakasavant Productions created a scary parody of an anime show, Death Note. Death Quest is simply a WoW version of the second opening for the animated series.

This is one of those machinimas that leaves me scratching my head. Since I'm not a fan of anime, I'm probably missing some key element here. However, given how well the Vic Mignogna WoW commercial parody went over, it seems that a lot of you will enjoy it!

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 24

It's been 3 weeks since the last episode of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest. Episode 23 dealt with the Alliance preparing to fight the Horde in Warsong Gulch, however things don't go as planned. In Episode 24, the Horde finally arrive in Orgrimmar, while the Alliance are introduced to some interesting new characters.

Bakasavant Productions
has been working on this series for ages now, but I feel like it never gets any closer to a resolution. They've improved their editing skills immensely and have better voice actors these days, but those that are new to the series are forced to watch from the beginning to even understand what's going on. What is the ultimate goal at this point?

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 23

It's been a couple of months since we last blogged about Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, but they've released another two episodes since then. Bakasavant Productions is practically rivaling Shepiwot in episode frequency! Admittedly, their machinimas are more effects-intensive than the How to Paladin series, though.

In Episode 23, the Alliance prepare to fight the big, bad Horde in Warsong Gulch, but hit a snag in their plans. Meanwhile, the Horde encounter trouble in the Barrens. What will happen to the (Alliance) Scooby Gang? Tune in around the third week of May to find out!

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 21

I'm pretty sure that Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, by Bakasavant Productions, had a plot at one point. However, every episode I watch seems to veer further away from it. With 21 episodes, over two seasons, in the can, you'd think it would be getting somewhere by now.

Episode 21 is a Dr. Who tribute, where a time mage sends them on an adventure after the villains. They geek out while discussing their favorite actors from the TV show. Once again, I'm left bewildered as to what will happen next and how it wraps up. It's a decent series, though!

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 20

Bakasavant Productions has finished another episode of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest! The good guys are getting further in their quest, but experience some setbacks, including a cavity search. The bad guys are also hindered by their female companion's vanity. In the end, a meeting takes place between the elders and the recruits, where they are tasked with stopping Juran.

This series is far from flashy, but I find it enjoyable. While they may not use many special effects, and the voice acting could definitely use work, they consistently produce solid episodes. Look out for a cameo by Drewbie, of The Grind series, at 4:25! If you liked Episode 20, check out the high quality version.

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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Filed under: Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest - Episode 19

(Today's Moviewatch was previously intended to be the premiere of Illegal Danish 2: Escape from Orgrimmar. Unfortunately, Myndflame.com was hacked yesterday and the screening was delayed. As soon as it is up, it will be featured here.)

Myndflame is hard at work on a server fix, so you're going to have some extra time on your hands. Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, created by Bakasavant Productions, has 19 episodes for you to peruse! While they're not perfect, lacking in proper voice casting and stunning visuals, the storyline is pretty decent.

CotAQ tells the tale of a paladin that joins a Holy Order to get chicks. As he quests to become accepted by his peers, Ellers, and his sidekick, Guy, encounter obstacles along the way. For those of you that are new to the series, there is a recap at the beginning to catch you up.

[Via Warcraftmovies.com]

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