We ended our SEASON ONE take joking about how the Seeker & Company would save the world with the power of love. Gag… we were right.
This is the first time in in Fortress Takes history where the 599 word limit may prove insufficient. We suspect Terry Goodkind used 599 words in one paragraph of his Sword of Truth series upon which Legend of the Seeker is too firmly based.
However our one sentence synopsis does not even need a deep breath: The seeker brings the Stone of Tears to the Pillars of Creation to put the Keeper back in his place…
BUT!… Everything that can possibly go wrong in their fetid and corrupt world WILL go wrong in this over-plotted roller coaster season. It may leave you gasping for respite and not caring anymore who wins.
Everyone dies this season. Everyone. In fact many more than once -including the stars. We are not kidding when you consider crazy spells, rituals of spirit returning, breath of life and alternate timelines. Heck, Kara died at least three times!
Legend of the Seeker lost its way in the second half of season one spiraling into what we suspect are Terry Goodkind’s personal issues. The show should have established its own television medium identity. The cancellation may have surprised the producers causing them to embark on a final two-part budget-busting, plot-twisting, mind-numbing extravaganza.
Oh the factions. The endless factions!
- Wizard orders
- White robed girls
- Red robed girls
- Leather clad girls
- Monks with bowl cuts
You remember when the Seeker fought back-to-back with his confessor girlfriend against meanie D’Haran army hordes? Those were simpler days long gone. In season two someone has usually been killed, tortured in the underworld, and returned to do evil by the first commercial break. The frustrating injustice of both good and bad people being tortured by Darken Rahl in the LofS underworld every episode got old fast and remained unexplained and unfun for far too long.
The whole season seemed to celebrate the worst in humanity week after week! Everyone was stealing, selfish, or somehow selling out the Seeker, their brother or all mankind for a loaf of bread. Only a handful of episode endings leave you not reaching for the anti-depressants.
You may ask questions like:
- Why have an ensemble cast yet curtail interaction by separating them for episodes at a time?
- Is that new lame facial hair supposed to make actor Craig Horner more manly looking? (Just leave his atypical but capable look alone.)
- How special is our Seeker Richard if he was so easily replaced by a new dufus Seeker for a few episodes?
We like sword and fantasy adventures. We liked Legend of the Seeker, or rather liked what it occasionally achieved. However the squandered potential left us in the end disenchanted as the show often pandered to low-brow titillation. LofS may not leave you with the best impression of women. That is unless you already think them backstabbing sexually perverse harlots willing to murder for evil or any various causes.
In the end you may have thought LotS was the greatest show since sliced bread, but alas the ratings did not agree. So every minor character there ever was (excepting Shota) including the dufus Seeker replacement appears in the mega-cast finale. Its plot was so convoluted that the opening recaps were like a final exam for Air Force navigators.
We suppose things did work out in the end after 21 and nine tenths episodes, but one tenth comeuppance and reclamation was not enough to assuage the bitter taste left by season two’s journey.