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Legend of the Seeker: Review - Fury
Episode Airdate: 3/13/10 - Fury
This review contains spoilers so if you have not seen this episode yet, please do not read this review until you have. Today's episode was actually first aired on December 12, 2009.
Let me 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 books it's based on Sword of Truth.
This is actually an extremely good episode and I'll tell you why. No, this never happens in the books...
..... but it could have.....
And that's the difference between good episodes and bad ones. This episode has many things going for it. First of all, the Minders.. A magic people in the Midlands. Sounds simple enough but for those people who have read the books, you know there are many magic peoples of the Midlands that we haven't met in the books so this could very easily be one of them. This fits both the show and the books and makes complete sense..
The rage and magic of the sword takes Richard into realms of darkness we've never seen. To be honest, we don't really see an awful lot of that in this episode either but it is implied. In the books, Richard masters the sword's rage but allows it to work with his own. He uses the rage to fight like nobody else. We've never seen that in the show yet but they are getting closer to it. Again, this aspect fits both what is being built in the show, and what already exists on the page, so to speak.
Everyone stays in character. These characters are very consistent and even in the show they usually are as well. Once in awhile they do or say something completely out of character that just makes everyone say, "What the hell was that?!?" I'm not sure risking Zedd's life to remove the binding spell is in character for Richard but it could be and without that act, there is no episode so we'll let that slide.
They tied in Richard's real ancestry. FInally, an episode where they look a little bit into Richard's Rahl ancestry. No, Kenton Rahl never exists in the books, but again, he could have. It makes the episode so much more interesting when the ties to the books actually work. I don't mean that to say if you haven't read the books you aren't getting it. What I mean is that there is such a rich background to the story in the books, that when we get an episode completely devoid of any real background, it seems to fall flat. As a show watcher, you've seen that Richard is a Rahl but they've done very little with that so far - wasn't their use of his ancestry more interesting than making Cara speak in poetic verse (a few weeks back!)?
Zedd's interrogation of Richard in order to get his anger under control was awesome. I love that Zedd keeps putting his answers down (got funny near the end). Zedd and Kahlan's conversation at the end of the episode was great as well - alluding to Richard's inner darkness which we don't see often. I think we will sooner or later. To be fair, the fight scenes with Richard in them always show us Richard winning fights but we've never actually seen him move through an oncoming army fluidly avoiding attacks and making counterstrikes of his own. The choreography will be intense when we get to it but that's what Richard does - he fights like a spirit - he floats through the enemy cutting them down without mercy. It's fun to read and will be very cool to watch on screen.
This was an extremely well executed episode that gets 5 stars. The trailer for the new episode next week looks like the storyline for Faith of the Fallen. We'll see how that turns out since that storyline is really several books away and deals with a completely different villain..