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Legend of the Seeker: Review - Unbroken
Richard and Kahlan's D'Haran Wedding
Episode Airdate: 5/15/10 - Unbroken
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.
Where to begin???
This episode should really have been titled Undone since the whole episode is about how "undoing" the magic of Cara changes the history of mankind. While this has a vintage "It's a Wonderful Life" theme to it - how the world would be if you weren't there - it actually served it's purpose very well.
I want to be clear here - I think this was a very interesting episode - I just think there a few too many holes in this story. Let's journey back to the Season 1 finale... if Zedd undoes the magic surrounding Cara, he fundamentally changes who she is - she no longer is a Mord'Sith. So far this makes sense, assuming Zedd's Undoing spell undoes everything about Cara. So at the precise moment when Richard puts the boxes of Orden together and Kahlan confesses him nobody is there to hit Richard with the Agiel. They made that work but seriously, there isn't another Mord'Sith in charge?? Someone else who has been a Mord'Sith there entire lives who couldn't do the job just as well as Cara?? That, my friends, is a mighty big leap.
So we see that the magic worked as Richard had thought, Orden tempers Confession and vice versa. Richard isn't a tyrant but he does exert control over Darken Rahl and the Mord'Sith and apparently is the new Lord Rahl. Following the storyline, that would make sense, sort of. Richard isn't stupid enough to keep Darken Rahl around so he should have eliminated him - the prophecies never say that the Seeker will control Darken Rahl, they say the Seeker will kill him, so Rahl shouldn't be there to cause any trouble. This is a major mistake.
When Zedd regains his senses he realizes that something has gone wrong since everything has changed. Everyone believes him too with almost no doubt and their beliefs are confirmed when it becomes clear that the Keeper wasn't affected by the spell, which Zedd conveniently understands. There is a bit too much convenient understanding going on. In role-playing terms, for those of you who have ever played, it's the common syndrome of making your character act on things only the character knows and not things the person playing the character knows. Zedd couldn't possibly understand the Keeper that well or know what he's up to so quickly. Yet he's got it all figured out quickly.
Cara winds up as a school teacher and runs into the infamous Leo. What?? Leo shows up too woo Cara again - he just happens to be in the neighborhood. When I first saw it, I have to admit I liked it, but seriously where in the world does Leo come into the picture??
Jennsen is killed in order to steal her "ungiftedness". Fascinating. If Jennsen has children they will be pristinely ungifted but I'm not so sure a blood transfusion would do the trick - that would take magic to CHANGE a gifted into ungifted. This part simply doesn't work as the logic doesn't support this idea at all. It was nice to see Jennsen again since I think I have a mini-crush on Brooke Williams...
All of this is happening as Richard attempts to regain control of the Stone of Tears in order to defeat the Keeper. All in all, this was a very imaginative way to try to wrap up this part of the story. I'll give this 5 stars even with the plot holes.
As you may know by now, Legend of the Seeker has been officially cancelled since they haven'y found a network willing to put it on the air. I believe there were many things working against Seeker from the very beginning:
Anyone who doesn't know the books was expecting a Hercules/Xena Clone: Hercules and Xena were fun and are classified as light fantasy which many people will admit is a guilty pleasure. Seeker doesn't fit this mold - it's dark, it's gritty, the books it's based on are downright brutal at times and it isn't "light fantasy". Where light fantasy is a guilty pleasure, heavy fantasy is a lifelong love that's taken far more seriously.
Running in syndication didn't help: Had it had a regular network spot it might still be there.
The writers have completely changed the story: It was extremely frustrating throughout the early parts of season 1 to note just how much they changed the story - I believe they must have alienated at least half of the Sword of Truth fan-base by doing so. It wasn't a smart way to go, and we were led to believe that Terry had some input but that now deosn't seem like the case since they really butchered his story.
Richard simply isn't cast right: I like Craig Horner, honest I do, but he doesn't look like what the readers expected when we think of Richard. In a really odd twist, the actor who plays Leo would have made a far more believeable Richard from the start.
Richard's character is just a vanilla hero: Honestly, outside of some incredible fight scenes, the writers took everything remotely interesting out of Richard's character when they decided he wasn't to have magic. Richard is the most powerful wizard born in 3000 years and must struggle mightily to learn how to properly use his power. You could build a whole season just on that premise alone but they chose to keep Richard incredibly dumb. Yes he's the Seeker, yes he seeks out answers only he can find and he is clever, but when he's pissed off, he should be able to level an army using both sides of the magic to create the black and white lightning. He's really only about a fifth of the character he is on the show that he is in the book. I blame the writers for cheating us there..
Much of the viewing public wanted Richard and Kahlan married already: AND THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN... one or two episodes ago, Richard blurted out that he didn't think that being confessed would do anything to him. He can't love Kahlan any more than he already does, the magic of confession has nothing to latch onto -in effect - nothing to change, so he is already protected. This revelation happens, or should have, at the end of Season 1. It would have made a lot of Season 2 more interesting.
Well, tomorrow is the series finale.. I'll meet you back here for one more review before we say goodbye to Richard and Kahlan.