Monday, August 15, 2016

TV Series Review: The Shannara Chronicles

The Shannara Chronicles is a ten episodes adaptation based on Terry Brooks´ books. The trilogy began in 1977 with ‘The Sword of Shannara’ but the TV series opens with the second installment ‘The Elfstone of Shannara’. On April 20, 2016, MTV ordered a second season of The Shannara Chronicles.

Plot: Demons start to flee after being banished from this world to a place known as the Forbidding—locked by an ancient tree called the Ellcrys. The tree is dying and releasing the demons.
Wil, a half-human/half-elf who is the last of the bloodline of the ancient Shannara´s family, Amberle an Elven Princess, and Eretria, a human, must go on a quest to protect the Ellcrys from dying and releasing all the banished demons back into the Four Lands. With the guidance of the last druid, Allanon, the trio has to face uncountable dangers, manage their turbulent feelings, and put aside romantic issues to complete the mission.

Comment: The series captivated me. I read that the adaptation is different from the book and the author, Terry Brooks, didn´t like it very much. I haven´t read the books yet, so I can´t say which is better.

The idea of love triangle gladdens me. Poor Wil; he faces harsh situations with the two jealous girls who seem willing to conquest him. They are bonded and against their will they embark on a journey to save the Four Lands.

In the beginning, Eretria isn´t a trustworthy person. She has her own agenda and the fact that Wil might be a crush on Amberle doesn´t help much. However, they don´t have another choice but trust one another.

The series is full of action and Dagda Mor, the demon, uses all his tricks to deceive the elves and get a foothold in the world. There’s enough going on to keep you watching.

There´s more. It seems the elves´ realm is collapsing. Betrayals, conspiracies, and lies show the fragility of a species that walks to extinction if the trio fails. The King doesn´t recognize who are his friends and enemies.

The series depicts a world where elves, humans, trolls, dwarves, and gnomes are enemies and fight to defend their territories. However, unexpected alliances are formed in the end of the series to fight Dagda Mor.

The Four Lands are intriguing and captivating. The focus is on the elves and demons, and the trio´s task. I wish there were more about the other species. In the end appears part of a destroyed and abandoned city. I think book one might show what happened to the city and the ancient society—our society—but I´m not sure.

It´s a loving fantasy series. I enjoyed each episode and can´t wait for the second season.