Legend of the Seeker: Review - Bound
Richard and Nicci
Episode Airdate: 3/20/10 - Bound
This review contains spoilers so if you have not seen this episode yet, please do not read this review until you have.
I always begin by explaining that I have read the books and understand that the show is just an interpretation of the story in the books and not an exact reenactment. Please feel free to read my other Hubs about Legend of the Seeker and the series of books it's based on, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind.
This episode was very recognizable to readers as the main story plot was used in the book, Faith of the Fallen. That being said, I absolutely loved this episode.
First of all, the Maternity spell is lifted straight from the books. It's an interesting idea and Nicci in the show uses it exactly the way Nicci in the books does. The side story about how to break the spell was also very well done. Meeting Kahlan's father and mother was very interesting. The sisters of the dark, chasing Richard and Nicci were not done terribly well. If these 4 Sisters of the Dark have the power of 40 sisters, they should easily be able to take Nicci - not talk to her about it and essentially warn her about her imminent death.. I guess gaining the power of 40 sisters did NOT gain them the intelligence or wisdom of forty.
The Richard on the show finally comes up with dialogue that makes some sense. Richard has a purpose. He's not just some hero looking for a magical stone. Much of the books, and Richards dialogue in the books, comes across as very preachy at times, but in the end, Richard is the embodiment of the power of man to be self-aware. His talk with Nicci at the inn about her strength being her own was exactly what the readers would expect him to say
(He does say it over and over again in the books so all of the readers will understand what I mean!!!)
It has taken a season and a half for everyone to start understandng Richard who at times comes across as a very bland, cookie-cutter type hero on the show. In the books, he is anything but... Maybe the writers are beginning to write more depth into Richard, we'll have to wait and see. Kahlan being thrown around in the fight scene looked great, Cara didn't have much to do in this episode and Zedd pulled his usal tricks.
What I truly hope everyone caught was the exchange between Darken Rahl and Nicci at the end of the show. She states that she is no longer working for the Keeper (and most of the other Sisters of the Dark - if not all of them - are already dead). When Darken Rahl questions whether the Seeker got to her she says no. Then she claims not to be working for anyone but herself. This is an important point for Nicci as a character on this show. I've stated before that she is an extremely involved character in the books and is definitely on Richard's side - we'll just have to wait and see where the writers take her but I'm willing to bet we see more of her soon. Her strength is her own...
On the visuals side I have to admit that the ending of the last three sisters of dark, who fall to Nicci, was a bit too Highlander-like for me. I love the Highlander (the first movie and the TV series) but the dacra of the sisters isn't supposed to work that way. Though I have to admit when the sister's head was chopped off, I, and my children, nearly jumped off the couch.
All in all this was a very good episode getting 4.5 stars. The coming attractions for next week look strange and I'm almost sure I saw Brophy at the end of the clip but we'll see...
Until next week...