Legend of the Seeker: Review - Creator
Episode Airdate: 3/27/10 - Creator
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.
OK, where do I begin...
I think the premise of this episode isn't really bad. Richard has done some strange things and we already know that he serves the Keeper in a variety of ways, the characters know that as well so they aren't really telling us anything new. They waste half this episode showing us clips from previous episodes this season so it seems like they are using this episode as an introductory episode for new watchers - sometimes you DO need to do that so I can't complain too much about it.
What I don't care for is how the writers have so radically changed certain aspects of the story. The Sisters of the Light and the Prelate created this Creator to pass judgment on Richard. I have to say that its an odd twist - and if all of them have given their Han into this one being - who expended it to close the rift, then we as viewers have to ask - Are the Sisters, of the Light or Dark, even relevant anymore??? It looks like all of the Sisters of the Dark were killed trying to make a sister who could kill Nicci and steal her Han (which also houses Richard's Han). From this episode, all of the Sisters of the Light, and I guess we can assume the Prelate too, died (or at least are no longer magical beings) in order to make this super-being who used the power up. Making the Sisters of the light into "bad guys" probably wasn't necessary...
So I don't really know what's going on with the Sisters but this episode didn't move the story along at all, Richard is no closer to finding the Stone of Tears. We find out that Darken Rahl can displease the Keeper (though we don't see any consequences of that), we had a great unerworld scene with Darken Rahl firing up the 2 Sisters of the Light. And we know that Richard is a good guy even though he may unwittingly be serving the Keeper which we already know is happening.
I know that I often compare the Books to the show and I'm also the person who says that the readers really shouldn't do that. I have to say that as main characters are so completely changed by the show writers, the readers really need to separate these stories - they aren't the same anymore, they aren't remotely the same anymore.
This no longer can be considered a different interpretation - as I have been stating in all of my episode reviews.
The way this is being presented doesn't remotely resemble the story in the books. That may be what the writers are going for - I don't really know - but I don't see this as a good thing. The book, because it's a book, and not a syndicated television show, has a flow and continuity to it that the show doesn't have The episodes being presented are recognizable every so often as a Sword of Truth story but most of them are only recognizable due to having the same named characters and I have to say that while we were learning about them in Season 1 that was OK, in this season it's not.
Almost none of these episodes have any effect on the next one and I think it's time for the writers to believe in the intelligence of the show watchers and build this storyline correctly. Not every episode has to resolve with Richard, Kahlan , Zedd and Cara walking up a grassy hill together into the next episode. This book and the story presented in it is very involved (as are all of the Sword of Truth books) and the story is very good. A few continuous episodes with this storyline would really be appreciated - though since the characters have been dramatically changed, I'm not sure how to do that...
For people who have never read the books, the writers are presenting to you a good show, but probably not the best show they could be. While Richard is at the Palace of the Prophets, you should have met Grratch, a baby gar that Richard befriends. Nathan Rahl and Warren, prophets who help Richard immensely to figure out how to defeat the Keeper with the Stone of Tears - I can't see how we will ever meet these two wizards, and Nathan Rahl is an ancestor of Richards, yes an ancestor - he's about 1000 years old and one heck of a character. I hope the writers treat you to some real parts of the story presented in the book because it's great material you would enjoy.
I'm not even going to rate this episode since there really isn't anything to rate - it truly felt like an episode created simply to explain the show's premise to viewers - and that's fine - but rehashing 20 clips from earlier this season isn't something I should rate.
Next week is a rerun of the episode "Resurrection" which was an absolutely awesome episode featuring Denna. Sorry if this was too long and featured too much "I hope they do it differently" statements but I do believe the writers could be giving you much better episodes that incorporated things from the book, without being "the book". So many things have been changed, I'm not even sure what I'm watching anymore...
ONE LAST THING: I've mentioned the fact that Richard is the most powerful wizard born in 3000 years and they have mentioned it a few times on the show without really doing anything with that knowledge. I find it interesting that even in this episode, they mentioned it again. Somewhere down the line, some way, they will give Richard his magic back. Without it, there isn't much more to building Richard as a character - but I think it's coming soon...