Fantasy shows and I don’t have a cordial relationship. Generally. They’ve usually got a great “hook” that tugs us into their world. Beyond that, they lack the same “complete” status as other genres enjoy.
Legend of the Seeker, Season One (2008) TV Review
This short-lived (two season’s) series opens with two sisters racing to escape their pursuers. One dies, the other, Kahlan (Bridget Regan) pushes on. Hoping to honor her sister’s sacrifice, her journey is meant to end when she finds the Seeker and into his hands, places the book they protect. When she’s chased to the boundary by the evil forces of Darken Rahl, Kahlan uses a magical device to cross past i, but through the portal, soldiers give chase. In the next world, she meets young Richard Cypher (Craig Horner), a stranger who aids her escape.
Meanwhile, Richard’s brother confronts evil in the form of Darken Rahl’s soldiers’. The men still seeking Kahlan – whom they call a witch, under the orders of their master, a man seeking to destroy the this Seeker no one can find. To protect him, Richard’s father sends a confused Richard off to the Wizard (Bruce Spence), the man who will explain everything. When he gets to the Wizard’s, it’s to see a familiar face – Kahlan is with Zed. Her search for the Seeker leads her to Zed’s door, the seeker’s trainer. But, their arrival reveals more than one secret…
I’m just going to say this about Legend of the Seeker: it begins brilliantly. The scene and staging of the first 10 minutes are really, exquisite. The women’s costumes, the angles, everything is wonderful. Right off the bat, it sets pulses racing though we know nothing about what’s happening (or we’re clueless if we’ve not read the book), it matters not. We’re hooked. Without knowing anything about the show, the opening scenes convinced me to give this one a fair shot and with exception to rudimentary flaws, it’s a fun ride.
The 90-minute pilot (or that’s how it’s showing now) sets a distinct good vs. evil plot. In fact, it’s almost Biblical in its history. Someone saving a child after an edict orders every firstborn son murdered to protect Darken Rahl (played by Craig Parker) and his legacy. Judging this by its pilot alone, the story is really quite fascinating if you don’t mind forms of magic and fantasy holding up plots. Sadly, the production does not keep pace with the story.
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To my untrained eye, the special effects are painful. This is not unlike some that Once Upon a Time employs. I freely admit that aside from what special features on DVD’s reveal, I don’t know much about special effects. (But, since this is merely an opinion on what I like or how I see things, it seems okay to rant a bit.) That being said, there are scenes where it’s so obvious the effects team don’t have the budget to produce more. In spite of this, the mix of sassy characters, underplayed humor and adventure keeps things hopping and the viewer engaged. It doesn’t take long to like the young hero, Richard. An unsuspecting one at that, but nonetheless, he rises to the occasion.
Kahlan is a feisty warrior and I confess the pilot is enough for me to fully support the will-they-or-won’t-they romance between these two. They were great together though to be honest, the mystery of Kahlan intrigues the most. She’s kind of Morgana before she went all 180° during the latter seasons of Merlin. Kahlan is “dark,” but is fighting on the side of the good, a place I hope she remains.
Fans looking for a substitute during seasonal breaks of things like Once Upon a Time or if you’re still suffering withdrawals from BBC’s Merlin,might want to look into this. The plot does make me curious. Enough so that I’ll likely watch the rest of the season – when I do not know (I mean, guys, the amount of shows I’ve watched the pilot for and loved, but got no further withis insane), but I’d like to think I will watch it at some point. What future quests this will send our heroes on is a mystery. But as Richard says when asked what’s next; they can only go forward, not back.
That sounds like as good a place as any to begin a fulfilling journey of a lifetime.
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Content: the show varies between a TVPG and TV14 rating depending on the episode. The pilot is relatively clean. There are two or three battles that become intense (fire, swordplay). Multiple men die as a result. A woman dies after being shot in the back with an arrow. Various situations involve magic (Kahlen uses it) and a dragon-like creature threatens two characters. There may be an innuendo or two.