Legend of the Seeker: Review - Vengeance
Richard, Kahlan and "Horace"
Episode Airdate: 4/17/10 - Vengeance
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.
I'll say it right at the start... I LOVED this episode.
Finally, we get to move ahead in the main story which is to find the Stone of Tears. It has taken forever for them to move ahead with this but finally the time has come. Now please understand that, for you readers out there, none of this ever happened in the books, but seeing how Richard's ancestry has been changed, you have to agree this worked out very well. The flashbacks to Panis and Zedd as young friends was extremely well done and the storyline they threaded throughout this episode was believable. It really came across well, even to those of us who know the story as it exists in the books have to agree that this version of the story was very well thought-out.
That Panis Rahl is still alive and a monk in seclusion was interesting, that Zedd and Thaddicus go to the temple and kill all of the monks seems a bit out of character, well for Zedd anyway. I have to admit though, that I liked that scene. It didn't last long and wasn't very bloody, just a couple of quick explosions and Zedd proves why you reeeaaaaalllly don't want to get him angry. I think they need to show more of that side of him. Richard is very trusting and that gets somewhat annoying since he's the Seeker and should be able to see the truth in what people say to him. But still, I was happy with the fireside scene between Panis and Richard, when Richard asks him about his family.. hearing a new interpretation from Panis' point of view was very interesting..
The whole "find the scroll, learn how to use the stone" idea was fine. The Sisters of the Dark attacking on Darken Rahl's command worked but has gotten a bit old. I'm not sure where they are finding so many Sisters of the Dark since at least 50 have already died and there weren't supposed to be that many to begin with. The fight scenes are always well choreographed though I have to highlight two particular scenes. The scene with Kahlan throwing the 2 knives to save Cara was awesome - my kids were cheering. The scene immediately after that with the Sister of the Dark going for Kahlan and Richard meeting her in the air looks just awful - something just looks plain wrong there.
It would have been cool if Panis lived and we were treated to more backstory but I'll take whatever I can get. This episode had it all - great backstory and flashbacks, some cool effects and fighting, great interplay between Zedd, Thaddicus and Panis and a couple of humorous lines from Cara. This was a really well done episode, 5 Stars here...
I Missed It the First Time: I didn't remember that the name of the duke from Descrated, Ander, is important - at least it is in the books. This character can be found in the book Soul of the Fire. Maybe it was a coincidence since we aren't anywhere near that storyline yet - if we'll ever get there, but I thought I'd mention it anyway...
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