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Review: Legend of the Seeker - Hunger

Updated on February 21, 2010

Season 2: Episode 10

 If you haven't watched this episode yet, please do not read as this review contains spoilers.

This was an interesting episode to be sure.  As a reader of the books this show is based upon I can tell you unequivocally that NONE of this ever happens in the books.  In fact, Thaddicus, Zedd's brother and Sebastian the Magic Peddler are complete fabrications of the writers fancy.  They are, nevertheless, well done.  The Thaddicus character was introduced in Season 1 as was Sebastian (who is played by Sam Raimi's brother).

Cara dying was a new twist.  In the books, she never does.  In this show, they handle it well and her ability to hide the fact she is a baneling was very well executed.  Seeing Darken Rahl in the underworld was very cool.  I have to say that this depiction of the underworld is very striking and has been a very good facet of this years episodes.  I love the acting of Craig Parker (Darken Rahl) even if I don't appreciate they way they changed his relationship to Richard in the show - he's still a very good "bad" guy.

The premise of Shadow-water healing banelings is a bit absurd but since the banelings are a big part of this season's storyline, a story about saving them seems worthwhile.  I think the interplay between Thaddicus and Cara late in the episode was pulled off very well and the discussion between Darken Rahl and Thaddicus worked well too. 

In the end, the only thing I really didn't like about this episode was the inconsistency about the Shadow-water.  When Sebastian waters it down, it doesn't work, but Richard gets a few fingers full of it and Cara is somehow cured??  That wasn't explained at all.  Judging from the amount needed when Thaddicus first shows up with the Shadow-water, Cara would have needed a lot more to be cured.  Small point I guess, but it's these little editorial issues that bother me most. 

We can give it 4 stars out of 5:  The story was oddly built around Shadow-water but it was pulled off well.  For the book-readers, you'll HATE this episode since it never happens (or anything like it) in the books - but it was presented well..


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    • dblyn profile image

      dblyn 7 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Well, it's too small a point to worry about but when they watered it down it didn't work. To me, Cara should have needed a regular doe like anyone else and I'm just assuming the original bottle Thaddicus shows Sebastian is a regular dose. They needed to resolve the story without kiling off Cara so it's not a real issue..

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      Necros 7 years ago from Hungary

      I think you are wrong about curing Cara with so little of the shadow water being odd. Sebastian didn't know how much to give to the banelings, so maybe a few drops would've been enough for them too, they just wasted the supply. And we don't know how much was left that they watered down, and if that had any effect on it. Plus Richard got it from the pure source, so that could've been stronger. And they weren't sure if it was going to work or not, judging by Cara's look.

      The writers didn't explain it thoroughly, that's true but I wouldn't call it a mistake, I think they just didn't want to waste time on this.