Legend of the Seeker: Review - Tears
Pillars of Creation
Alas - The End has Come
Episode Airdate: 5/22/10 - Tears
This review contains spoilers so if you have not seen this episode yet, please do not read this review until you have.
I have to admit, this was an awesome ending to an oddly inconsistent season. It is also, unfortunately, the series finale as the show has not been picked up by anyone. At the time of filming, the cast and crew didn't know this since their is an obvious continuation scene at the end of the show with Darken Rahl and Nicci. This would have been very interesting to see (especialy since they never meet in the books!!)
Using Dahlia for the Undoing Spell in order to set the world right was confusing at best but, I have to admit, knowing it was the last episode, I didn't really care. I was happy to see our heroes fighting off banelings and attempting to get to the pillars of creation. I was also very happy to see that the Keeper finally used his head and took things into his own hands. That was a great twist. It also pulled Verna back into the show, if only for a few minutes.
Pulling Nicci into the show, and as Richard's enemy, I have to admit, I didn't really care for. Nicci's character is supposed to evolve. Instead, they have Darken Rahl hoping that Richard succeeds and sending the Mord'Sith to help him. Odd twist there and actually it worked great but seriously, Darken Rahl isn't supposed to exist anymore... Nicci on the other hand, should join Richard's group at some point.
In any event, Nicci stealing Kahlan's power and confessing her with it looked great, worked great in the story and is completely illogical. Seriously, if stealing someone else's han were that easy to do, everyone would do it. The crushed glass/blinding sequence is pulled straight out of the books (though it's used on the Imperial Order soldiers, not Richard) and was a great addition to the story.
I like that Declan/Keeper played out through the episode and Richard never knows it until the very end. I also loved seeing Declan screaming when they sealed the rifts. Nice to have a face to attach the Keeper's grating voice too. The fact that Kahlan is in the Con Dar for so long actually worked really well and I was chilled to see her kill Richard, though that actually broke the Con Dar. The fact that Kahlan's tears could create another Stone of Tears because of her love for Richard - well - they needed to come up with some way to end the story on a happy note. The fact that she tries to confess him - and it doesn't work - also proves Richard's theory from a few episodes back - he is protected through his love for her.
"It seems we have another one." - Zedd on the creation of another Stone of Tears....
I don't understand why writers (not just these writers), think that duplicating a supposedly unique item is a good plot device. It's a horrifyingly bad thing to do. It invalidates the entire search for the unique item which we all have invested so much time in. This is the same thing they did with introducing another Seeker. I liked Leo but seriously, if naming a Seeker were so easy, nobody would have cared all that much about it. Instead, it's something that can only be done by a Wizard of the First Order and there isn't one in every generation...
Well, this brings us to the end. I liked this episode very much and don't really need to rate it as it is the last. It all worked out well in the end.
I think it's interesting to note a few things as we close up shop on Legend of the Seeker:
- If there were a Season 3, Darken Rahl would have been involved
- Same thing for Nicci as Richard's enemy
- Still no mention of the real bad guys, the Imperial Order
- We haven't seen Chase since Season 1 or Rachel since the first Episode of Season 2 - they are very important characters
- Richard still doesn't have any magic - I can't believe they didn't get his magic back into him yet
- Richard has been leading everyone around the Midlands and the Old World as if he knew exactly where he was going, giving names to places in the Midlands and walking around as if he owned the place - Richard is from Westland, how in the world was he able to lead anyone anywhere - that was supposed to be Kahlan's job... (sorry - just something I forgot to include in my Sword of Truth vs. Legend of the Seeker comparison hubs!!!)
From what I gather there is still a small glimmer of hope that the series can come back - but it doesn't seem all that likely. That's too bad since there is already a great fan-base and so much more story to be told that's already written..
I hope you have enjoyed the series, and my take on it. I've loved the books, I loved the show, and I'm sorry to see them both now ended.