Disclaimer: These review is my own. I was not contacted by MTV or producers of the show. These words are my own.
This new TV show on MTV (I know what you’re thinking: MTV? Really? Actually, yes and keep reading because you’ll be surprised), The Shannara Chronicles, has been adapted from a series of books that began back in 1977 (yep, the year I was born), written by Terry Brooks. Look them up on Good Reads if you want to check them out.
The Gist of The Story:
The show is adapted from The Sword of Shannara Trilogy and takes place 300 years after the war of the races, which, so far I have gathered are The elves, humans, Druids, gnomes, dwarves, faeries, demons, trolls and several others. Anyway, the war was believed to have ended magic and trapped the demons in an ancient tree called the Ellcrys, which is guarded by a group called the Chosen in the Elvin Kingdom of Aborlon. After one of the main characters, Amberle runs a race that chooses who is to become the Chosen, she touches the tree and gets a vision of death and destruction, the tree starts dying and one by one, the demons come back.
Amberle (played by Poppy Drayton) is the first main character we see in the pilot episode. She is the Elvin Princess and the first female to run the race and become apart of the Chosen. After her vision, she thinks the tree is dying because she broke the rules by winning the race and runs away in hopes of keeping everyone she loves safe.
Wil Ohmsford (played by Austin Butler) is a half-human, half-elf who is told by his dying mother that his father wasn’t crazy. She gives him three elf stones and tells him to find the druid. She dies before he can make sense of her words. When he does find the druid later on, he finds out that he is the last remaining member of the legendary Shannara family. He has magic in his blood but it’s going to take some convincing for him to believe in magic.
Then we run into Eretria (played by Ivana Baqueno), a human who is a part of a band of thieves called rovers. She first drugs and robs Wil, stealing his elf stones, then she attempts to rob Amberle but fails. By the end of the second episode, she reluctantly becomes a part of Wil and Amberle’s quest to save the Ellcrys.
And last of the main characters for the show is Allanon (played by Manu Bennett), a human and the last druid more than 300 years old. His purpose is to unite the three young people and guide them on their quest to protect the Ellcrys and stop the demons from coming back and destroying the four lands.
My thoughts so far:
There are many other fascinating characters but these are the four main people. I love this kind of story. I love books and shows about elves and dragons and ancient quests but I was hesitant because of the network releasing the show. However, because one of my other favorite TV shows, Teen Wolf, has been so successful and so well made, I decided to give it a shot. It also didn’t hurt that the previews showered my TV screen with Manu Bennett, who I have seen in Spartacus, and Arrow, both great shows. He is a great actor!
The show is filmed in New Zealand and the demons they bring to life are phenomenal. I hope they bring in dragons. I can’t wait to see what they do with those! There is plenty of action, magic, love, and lore all chocked up in this little show. It’s an epic adventure that really welcomes the viewer into it’s world. I’m only two episodes in but the first episode was two hours long so I feel like I’ve gotten a good feel for this world. There is even already a love triangle going on between Wil, Eretria, and Amberle!
You don’t just have one reluctant hero, you have three! You have a princess who knows how to handle herself in a fight. You have a naive young man who is just finding out who he really is and you have the thief who wants to change her destiny but doesn’t know how. There is something for everyone in this show! It airs on Tuesday nights at 10pm/9c, following Teen Wolf.
Update: The show is no longer on MTV. The second season will air in October on Spike TV here in the U.S. In the meantime, you can find the first season on Netflix.
Thanks so much for reading!
Just yesterday I was looking over some old quotes I had on my computer and I came across one I made with a quote from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. So, naturally, I started getting nostalgic and decided to watch the 7th and last season of the show and immediately I remembered why I love this show is one of my all-time favorite shows, EVER!!
Now I could go on and on about how good this show is and how much I love it (literally, I could go a whole 24 hours talking about it and still not have covered everything awesome about the show). Instead, I’m going to give you 10 reasons Buffy is still awesome!
1.The vampires! Hello, anyone who knows me knows that vampires are my favorite monsters but besides hunting vampires, Buffy, her watcher, Giles and her best friends, Xander and Willow, fight and conquer every supernatural being to ever hit Sunnydale (which also happens to be on a Hellmouth). We’re talking zombies, ghosts, evil witches, werewolves, giant snakes, Dracula, mummies, and demons. Hell, she even took down a God once. A freaking God!
2.She did most of this while still in high school! Buffy started slaying when she was only fifteen years old and it was no easy task. She was battling demons while still trying to have a social life, which as anyone knows, is pivotal for teenagers. Buffy had to grow up real fast and that is something I know all too well. She was different and being the only slayer in the entire world, even with her friends around, she often felt alone. I felt like that all through my childhood into my young adult years.
3. Buffy is the definition of a strong female character and a superhero! I’ve seen Wonder Woman. I used to watch her when I was a kid. I had She-Ra and Cheetara (Thundercats, Ho!) action figures. I used to love Storm from X-Men and Xena, the Warrior Princess was another one of my favorite shows in the nineties but it was Buffy who I connected to the most. She was a teenager like me and she was fighting the forces of darkness, with the help of supernatural super powers, while keeping a secret identity (and she didn’t even have to change her name). Buffy is my favorite super hero!
4.She and her friends really are characters you can connect to! Life is messy and people are complicated. She’s the good guy but she wrestles with her darkness just like anyone else. She doesn’t want to be a super hero. She just wants to be a normal girl. She was the reluctant hero who stepped up anyway because the world needed her. Buffy and her friends faced real-life matters such as teen suicide, domestic abuse, a broken heart, addiction, and a number of other things.
5.The Sarcasm! Buffy and her friends are known for their sarcastic and witty sense of humor. It’s pretty much every other word in every single episode right down to the very last. They had to be sarcastic. They wouldn’t have survived on the hellmouth without it!
6.The show dealt with many different social issues. Homosexuality, sexism, and bullying are among the many social issues fearlessly tackled by the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, who was so creative in how he had the characters deal with these issues that the show gained respect throughout the world
7. Joss Whedon is a creative genius! I love Joss Whedon. He said in an interview once that the way the characters speak in the show is the way he speaks in real life. All that sarcasm had to come from somewhere. After the flop of the movie, where Joss actually walked out on because the studio wouldn’t follow his vision, bringing it to TV was something Joss almost gave up on. He persevered though and look at the success! He is now one of the most sought after writers in Hollywood!
8.There is never a happy ending in romantic relationships! Relationships in the Buffy world don’t last, yet it’s this very real and very complicated look at love and sex that keeps us going back for more. We want to see the couples make it and when they don’t, we grieve. We relate to this. When these characters hurt, we hurt.
9.Her best friends were my fantasy best friends! I had very few friends in high school and out of those friends, none of them would have had my back the way Xander, Willow, Giles, Oz, Angel, Spike, and Riley did. We all want friends like that.
10.The show had EVERYTHING! It was scary. It was funny. It was emotional. It has sex, violence, and romance. This show literally had everything and when a show has it all, how can you not love it?!
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