Legend of the Seeker: Review - Desecrated
Episode Airdate: 4/10/10 - Desecrated
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 was a very good episode. It was well written, contained a plausible plot that could easily fit anywhere in the storyline and contained some very imaginative stuff. Where some of these episodes haven't really done anything special, this episode at least seemed to go back to trying to build the charaters a bit more as well as give us a new monster - something that isn't in the books but works very well here. The Nygax - sort of like a mutated mummy spirit that is commanded through a magic relic. This stuff is what fantasy is made out of. It worked well, so well, in fact, I hope they keep this up.
The only huge drawback to this episode is that our merry band of adventurers are no closer to the Stone of Tears. I don't think they mentioned it even once in this episode. I have to admit that I kind of don't care about that for this episode since I was fully invested in this sub-plot. I also feel the relationship between Cara and Kahlan, at least the dialogue, is a bit forced. They do grow closer in the books and it looks like the writers are keeping that in the show which is great, but Cara's confession just seemed sort of thrown in when they are in the tomb running out of air.
The action was well paced, the panoramic shot of the Necroplis with all of the tombs was awesome. Sometimes, a great graphic simply catches the imagination and I think the Necropolis at night was a great scene. I think we can give this episode 4.5 stars (out of five) with a small penalty only for not moving the story forward at all.
I have to admit it, I want them to find the damn Stone of Tears already. I've noted in other hubs that the story in the books is vastly different from what we are seeing on the screen and it is. My issue now lies in the fact that I want the writers to resolve some of these threads at this point - remember, finding the Stone of Tears is not the end of the story. Zedd and Richard have things they need to do with the Stone of Tears in order to close the rifts and save the world. Well, at least, this was the first of a long line of new episodes (7 or 8 in a row) so hopefully we'll get a lot more story over the next two months.
In the meantime - everyone should enjoy this episode since this one was very well done.
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