On the DZA Scale, I put this between "Great Big TV Show of Cliches and Stereotypes" and "good, but if they turn it into a movie it'll suck," depending on the episode. There's even a couple "awesome" moments.
This is based off of The Shannara Series, which I've never read, so I can only judge the show purely by the show, none of that "Well, in the book..." But I've heard the books are pretty good, so I might pick them up sometime.
The show takes place in our world, a few thousand years or so after the destruction of human civilization. Humans are still around, but the world is ruled by elves and there's also trolls and gnomes and dwarves and, oh yeah, demons. Those guys are a problem.
The demons have been closed off in another world with a sacred tree as the lock and key. The tree's now dying, and every time a leaf falls, a demon gets released into the world. And they're not exactly thrilled about being locked up for the past thousand years without any cell service or HBO to fill the time.
I'm waiting to see if they ever try burning down the damn tree. Seriously, it's a tree.
The series centers around Wil, a half-elf wizard of sorts, Amberle (pronounced like Amber-lee), an elven princess, and Eretria, a human rover (thief). All three have been selected by the tree/destiny/fate to save the tree and lock all the demons back up. And these characters are great. Wil's a smart-ass (and an idiot), Eretria has trust issues, Amberle is proud but at the same time overwhelmed by their quest...my only problem with these guys is the stupid love triangle they've got going on. They either need to stop with the high school drama or someone's gotta die.
You've got some classic clichés: Wil has magic stones given to him by his mother via his wizard-y father on her deathbed (deathbed scene), quest that brings three unlikely characters together and forces them to work together, love triangle, girl with trust issues being told by her love interest to get over her trust issues...
One other problem: everyone on this show is Captain Obvious. The first time we meet the druid Allanon (the father figure/guide), he's waking up from a thirty-year sleep alone in a cave and says, "It has begun" to no one in particular. Just stupid stuff like that where the characters are just being obvious and dramatic.
Other than the obvious dramatics, the love triangle, and the slightly sub-par acting, this is a decent show. The people I thought were going to die in the first three episodes are still alive, the people I thought would still be alive are now dead (except for the core three, of course).
I do, however, have some predictions that I would bet $100 each will come true:
-Allanon's going to die
-Amberle's going to end up queen (which means her uncles have to die)
-Wil, Amberle, and Eretria are all going to survive
-the demons will lose, but not until after the "Darkest Moment" when it looks like all hope is lost and they're going to win
And one that I'm not so sure about (maybe worth $50):
-Wil's going to end up with Eretria
Because Amberle's a princess and will probably need a political match. Plus, Wil's the one who's always going on about trusting people and that's Eretria's biggest challenge. And they've already slept together.
I'll stick with this show unless it really starts to suck. And while I'm waiting for the next episode I'm going to start catching up on the new The X-Files. Because aliens!
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