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.
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