Review: Legend of the Seeker – Prophecy/Destiny
Tracy S. Morris is the author of the award-winning Tranquility series of Southern paranormal humor mysteries.
Morris's story Fish Story will appear in the Baen anthology Strip Mauled
Her new novel Bride of Tranquility Is available now from Yard Dog Press.
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To begin with, I need to say that I've made it a point not to read Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. I felt that it was important that I review the show based on it's own merits, and not any preconceived notions that I might have after reading the book.
When Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings series first premiered, he drew the ire of some longtime Tolkien fans for leaving out Tom Bombadill. And even before the premiere of Seeker, the internet has been littered with comments by die-hard fans of the book series.
Craig Horner is the wrong age to play Richard Cypher. He wears his tooth-necklace visibly, when Cypher kept his hidden.
So I've done my best to approach the series with a fresh mind, as many who are new to the series would.
What I found was a textbook heroes journey story. A formula as old as time. And one that has worked from Luke Skywalker to Frodo. But does it work here?
The first two episodes were overall enjoyable, although the story was a bit uneven. This was something that I almost expected. With most series, the first few episodes fall victim to clunky, exposition-laden dialog as the show does it's best to catch the viewers up to speed.
For example, in episode one of Supernatural Sam Winchester actually said to his brother Dean: Dad raised us as warriors. Who talks like that? And in a show that I reviewed last season, Moonlight, the detective narrated in a film noir style for the first few episodes before the format was dropped.
But back to Seeker. For the most part, the ones who shine in the series are Cypher and the crazy old wizard mentor, Zedd. (The man stands naked in the moonlight and talks to his chicken, folks. That kind of crazy-like-a-fox is fun to watch.) When Cypher was a baby Zedd saved him, like Moses in the bulrushes, from certain death. Now, he rattles off wisdom with Yoda-like clarity.
Lesson one: Sometimes to gain ground, you have to slow down.
Horner does a good job of highlighting Cypher's inexperience. During his first sword fight, he flails. His mistakes get his allies injured and killed. He learns his lessons the hard way.
Kahlan seems a little bit wooden to me thus far. Before she heads off to stop the bad guy she stops to change her clothes. This may be an important point in the book but it's left largely unexplained in the show and therefore makes no sense.
Most of her screen time is spent staring expressionlessly at Cypher, or pressing up against him in order to save his life. It's obvious from the start that the show will probably be filled with UST between Cypher and Kahlan.
The most intriguing part thus far is the tantalizing glimpses of the villain, Darken Rahl. In typical fantasy fare the villain's face matches his cold black heart. Not so here. With his smooth British accent and natty clothing, Craig Parker's Rahl could be a rock star, which only highlights his menace. Because under that pretty face is the heart of a man who would kill his best friend, if he had one.
I'm certain that once the show finds it's legs, it's going to take off running.
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