This is a take on the television show Legend of the Seeker only, not the book series “The Sword of Truth” written by Goodkind. Most who watch the series have not read the books, but all should appreciate our take on this interesting, weird, occasionally inconsistent and sometimes sadomasochistic show.
Not a lot of space here, so let us jump right into the one sentence synopsis: In an ancient world filled with magic and ruled by the despot Darken Rahl a man destined to restore freedom called the Seeker will rise and together with a special powered pretty girl and a cantankerous old wizard they will embrace their destiny by fulfilling the prophecy to take down the despot and along the way learn more about themselves and their feelings for each other.
The vast world of LofS feels richer than a typical TV show, hearkening back to its literary roots. However some of the plots felt like rushed, compressed versions of longer book entries. There are places where good TV and book plots can overlap. To the credit of LotS, they stayed within that overlap more than they strayed from it.
The Seeker’s special powered girlfriend is of a sect that cannot consummate their passion because the act would force enslavement upon him. Convenient for plot. As a result there are a number of teasing Gilligan’s Island type plots where a solution is oh so near… So close you could touch it, but we digress.
But wait, there is another sect of women. A “warrior” sect that is totally, …sadomasochistic -skin tight leather, bound up hair and pain inducing truncheon included! At first we thought they were a one episode, bad-writing-week decision. But no, they seem rooted in the franchise.
So let us see, a sect of women who cannot make love without enslaving their men and a sect of women who are outright dominatrices. We do not know if it is Goodkind, but somebody, somewhere along the way has issues.
The first 7 episodes established an interesting and complex world. They had a certain rhythm to them. The plots translated reasonably well to the restrictive 1-hour TV drama formula and often climaxed with a slow motion fight scene.
We looked forward to those slow motion fight scenes usually started when the Seeker inevitably found himself in a jam. The special powered girlfriend would run up to him drawing her boot blades, and they would fight back-to-back. Together with his sword of truth, and her twin daggers they would lay waste to dozens of the despot’s soldiers.
After the first 7 episodes the show gets inconsistent. We see less of the wizard. Disappearing for chapters may work for a book, but in a TV show it is weird to see him gone for episodes at a time.
The episodes generally became more frustrating and less of the Seeker kicking bad guy butt. In fact one episode is dedicated to the Seeker’s torture at the hand of one of the sadomasochists. Not a fun hour of entertainment.
Also you might feel like you missed something. Convoluted plots can make for some interesting books but perhaps are not best suited to fulfilling 1-hour TV dramas. The girlfriend’s entire sect is wiped out -told to us in a couple of lines, leaving her as the new “Mother Confessor”. We found that stretched credulity in a number of ways.
Overall, LofS is more fun than not watching LofS. At least to those who have not read the books. If you like sword and fantasy entertainment, it is worth checking out.