Saturday, January 23, 2010

Review - Legend of the Seeker Season 2 Episode 9 Dark

After watching the non-stop gratuitous violence and sex of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, it was nice seeing a show that balances action with everything else required in a decent show. Spartacus is so far from the mainstream it really can't be judged in the context of a normal show, so I'll leave it at that.

Richard is off learning magic and he gets into hot water quickly. Instead of learning magic first, he is immediately warned by Sister Nicci (Jolene Blalock) that the time in the castle passes differently than in the real world. One day in the castle is 10 days out there which means by the time Richard gets back, everyone might be dead. Richard has to leave, so he finds out about a prophecy and Sisters of Dark. There is a prophecy that states that the son of Brennidon will find the sacred stone and deliver it to the enemy of light. The Sisters of Light interpreted this as Richard giving the stone to the Keeper, so they are keeping him at the castle as a virtual prisonr. Sister Nicci turns out to be a Sister of the Dark, but Richard already figured it out. He lets her take his power, but he has a contingency plan in place so she doesn't go on a rampage.

There is another prophecy that pops onto the wall stating that as long as the Mother Confessor's heart is beating, the Keeper will fail. Prophecies in general are stupid because the only place they lead is the people involved trying to prove they have free will. There's lots of mumbo jumbo about how people can make their own decisions despite what is written. Barring a crazy twist, Richard will probably defeat the Keeper and not do what the prophecy because he is the Seeker after all and he's the big hero of the show.

The new Seeker, Leo, is a rather transparent character that has no purpose other than to help the other characters grow. In this case, he actually makes Cara laugh and she shows signs of liking him. Her hard veneer is finally coming off and the new Seeker, an average blacksmith, is the reason. Richard is coming back and he's the main character, so Leo will probably be killed or leave the show in another way. Cara will be heartbroken, but her experiences with him forces her to acknowledge she has feelings and they aren't bad. LoS does this a lot and it works fine on a show that isn't suppose to be complex, so I don't have as much problems with it as others would.

While Legend of the Seeker is weaker than many shows in terms of acting and writing, the pacing never ceases to amaze me. The stories are never dense, but the jumping between different sceneries and scenarios makes the show more engaging than most shows.

Score: 9.3/10


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