Review: Legend of the Seeker - Hunger
Season 2: Episode 10
If you haven't watched this episode yet, please do not read as this review contains spoilers.
This was an interesting episode to be sure. As a reader of the books this show is based upon I can tell you unequivocally that NONE of this ever happens in the books. In fact, Thaddicus, Zedd's brother and Sebastian the Magic Peddler are complete fabrications of the writers fancy. They are, nevertheless, well done. The Thaddicus character was introduced in Season 1 as was Sebastian (who is played by Sam Raimi's brother).
Cara dying was a new twist. In the books, she never does. In this show, they handle it well and her ability to hide the fact she is a baneling was very well executed. Seeing Darken Rahl in the underworld was very cool. I have to say that this depiction of the underworld is very striking and has been a very good facet of this years episodes. I love the acting of Craig Parker (Darken Rahl) even if I don't appreciate they way they changed his relationship to Richard in the show - he's still a very good "bad" guy.
The premise of Shadow-water healing banelings is a bit absurd but since the banelings are a big part of this season's storyline, a story about saving them seems worthwhile. I think the interplay between Thaddicus and Cara late in the episode was pulled off very well and the discussion between Darken Rahl and Thaddicus worked well too.
In the end, the only thing I really didn't like about this episode was the inconsistency about the Shadow-water. When Sebastian waters it down, it doesn't work, but Richard gets a few fingers full of it and Cara is somehow cured?? That wasn't explained at all. Judging from the amount needed when Thaddicus first shows up with the Shadow-water, Cara would have needed a lot more to be cured. Small point I guess, but it's these little editorial issues that bother me most.
We can give it 4 stars out of 5: The story was oddly built around Shadow-water but it was pulled off well. For the book-readers, you'll HATE this episode since it never happens (or anything like it) in the books - but it was presented well..
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