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Legend of the Seeker 1×07 Identity

A potentially half-decent episode that has the gang of three headed to Calabra where the ruins conceal one of the Boxes of Orden, Legend of the Seeker 1×07 Identity is interrupted by the usual wacky shenanigans when Shota stops by to cast a spell that switches appearances between Richard and a doofus living in town who dreams of a life of adventure, instead of domestic bliss.

Shota experiences a vision of Richard dying at the hands of Nass, a heavy who works for Darken Rahl, and is paid in huge barrels of dark eye makeup. What does evil and dark eye makeup have in common, who knows. But there’s a clear overlap. So Shota comes up with an ideal solution, which is to use magic to force them to switch identities. This leaves Richard dealing with a forced arranged marriage, while the doofus tries to hit on Kahlan. Of course it all goes badly, and I don’t just mean the awkward flirting.

Richard doesn’t die, neither does doofus, love triumphs over all, and Nass and by extension Darken Rahl get the boxes of Orden. But in the show’s usual tradition of setting up some nugget about Richard’s identity, as Shota reveals that Kahlan will betray him, to which Bridget Regan reacts with the kind of shock and horror reserved for New York based SAG members. So lots of namedropping, with both Shota and the boxes making a appearance in one episode. And another episode of Legend of the Seeker ends.

Legend of the Seeker 1×05 Listener episode review

With Legend of the Seeker 1×05 Listener, you can almost see an identity forming for the series, which by now obviously involves Richard, Kahlan and Zedd wandering around, bumping into some evil and nefarious deed being perpetrated by Darken Rahl’s minions and after a lot of confusion and difficulties, mainly created by their own poor attempts at solving the problem, finally emerge triumphant.

The Richard Goodkind novels were no great prize, but it’s a sad commentary on Hollywood’s lack of creativity, that the producers felt the need to buy the rights to the novels, only to transform them into the same generic fantasy TV series, they could have just as easily come up with by watching Beastmaster reruns. Still with episodes like Listener and last week’s Brennidon, Legend of the Seeker shows that it’s not Hercules, and while it will never be a great TV show, it can be a passably decent and entertaining one, especially as there’s nothing in the same genre currently on TV.

Legend of the Seeker 1×05 Listener features the usual annoying little kid with super powers who just needs to be loved, but will first spend a lot of time testing everyone’s patience. To the credit of everyone involved, the kid comes off fairly well and so does the plot. While Richard and Kahlan deal with the Listener, Zedd disguises himself to accompany the Dragon Corps, Rahl’s elite guard, while wrestling with his own moral dilemma over the fate of a renegade guard who worships the Seeker. Thanks to a decent child actor and an all around entertaining cast, it all plays out pretty well and the kid is transported to the Sisters of Light, who in this version are not fanatics who imprison gifted men in the Palace of the Prophets, but are some sort of hippy nuns living in a secret valley. So basically Sam Raimi might want to start paying royalties to John Marco instead.

Of course there’s plenty of implausibilities, not the least of which is the idea that Kahlan is in love with Richard, who in this reality looks to be half her age with half of her brains, or well anyone’s brains, and whose only contribution to the quest is a magic sword that was given to him. But that’s the choice the show made, and hopefully at some point they’ll make the choice to have Richard actually grow up.

Legend of the Seeker 1×03 Bounty episode review

If the two episodes that formed Legend of the Seeker’s pilot avoided the inevitable Hercules comparisons that Sam Raimi’s name would bring up, Legend of the Seeker 1×03 Bounty delivers a heaping bounty of those with a guest starring appearance by Ted Raimi, hopefully the last one, as a wacky mapmaker who makes maps of the Seeker’s location and sells them to different bounty hunters, resulting in more wacky antics.

Meanwhile Richard gets involved in helping a young girl free her brother from a mythical monster, only to discover that the girl is really another bounty hunter, albeit amateur, who shoves Kahlan into a monster’s pit and tries to hand over Richard to the D’Harans. When captured though she admits that she was simply trying to make a deal with the D’Harans to free her brother who was being held for stealing food. Naturally Richard selflessly agrees to rescue him anyway, and the gang manage to imprison and disarm numerous guards without actually killing them, while Zedd traps the rest with the monster, leading to a happy ending all around. Toward the end Zedd even says the words, Addictive Magic.

Now I’m not Richard Goodkind’s biggest fan, but he had to be kicking things right around the time that Richard begins preaching selfless altruism to Kahlan. Goodkind’s writing is hardly consistent in that regard and his potluck dinner of Ayn Rand meets World of Time isn’t all that well thought out, but his Richard might make sacrifices, but neither was he this relentlessly stupid or senselessly altruistic. By keeping Richard immature and giving him generic hero ideals, the show is throwing away whatever uniqueness it might have taken from the novels for a completely generic fantasy fare.

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