It’s been a while since I’ve really recommended anything to watch, but this one, this is a goodie! Lately I’ve become a lot more critical and though I still follow a lot of things, new series tend to get the tough look. Not a lot withstand the 4 episode test. You know, you watch 4 episodes before deciding whether you’re gonna keep on watching. I have one that failed the test that’ll be sharing later on in this post, but first to the good things!
The Shannara Chronicles
Let me start off by saying this: genre = fantasy. YES! When I see that, it already feels like it should be good. (Well, sometimes. You’ll see.) So, The Shannara Chronicles did not appear out of nowhere. They are based on the books by Terry Brooks, king of fantasy series. He wrote multiple books concerning the Shannara-bloodline but so far the series follows the storylines that originated in The Elfstones of Shannara. I haven’t read the books and right now I am questioning myself. How did I not know about these books?
In the story, we’re 30 years after the War of the Races – a war that eliminated magic and made sure all demons were confined in the Forbidden, locked by the Ellcrys (an ancient tree). They show us the story of Wil, Amberle and Eretria who must complete a quest to protect the Ellcrys and the Four Lands. The Ellcrys is dying and if its dead actually comes to pass, all demons would roam free again. It’s all on them to make sure this will never happen.
The cool thing is that this is actually in our future. Once in a while they will pass some playground all covered by nature, or even chemical wastelands. It is rather eye opening to see what the worlds looks like in their ‘time’. I know, I know, fantasy. But still, it does kind of make you wonder.
It is a series created by MTV, so at first I was a bit sceptical but what they are doing to bring to life the world of the Shannara stories is absolutely amazing. Character are more than just flat, they grow and change during the journey. Though critics aren’t entirely on the same page on the tv adaptation, most reviews are very positive. What makes me sad? We’ve already seen the first half of the first season. Like. WHY. There’s only 10 episodes this time round but I do hope we won’t have to wait a year for season two.
Now, onto the bad.
First off, really quickly about the story. Clary Fray is your ordinary teenager, living with her mother in Brooklyn, NY. After some very unfortunate incidents, she learns she is descended from a long line of Shadowhunters, humans who have angel blood running through their veins, put here to protect our world from demons. Her mother is kidnapped and Clary must do all she can to find her. To recover her past and memories she teams up with other Shadowhunters living in NY: Jace, Alec and his sister Isabelle. Her mundane best friend Simon get caught up in the storm and quickly learns nothing in this world will ever be easy again. Together they all go on the quest to recover Clary’s mom, and they discover that there’s a lot more to her disappearance than they could ever have imagined.
There’s not much to say except that I am so so so so disappointed by this. I’ve been looking forward to more on the Mortal Instruments series and had high hopes for this one. Well, all I can say is NOPE. If you read the books, just don’t even start. Maybe you saw the movie and were, like me, hoping on a sequel. I guess we can now very definitely say that there won’t be one.
The series start right at the start of the books and although my initial though was that it seemed to have a lot of potential, that hope was quickly squashed after watching the next few episodes. Horrible acting, especially by the girl portraying Clary, the main character. I love her in the books, she’s a strong protagonist with awesome character development. Same goes for Jace, the male lead. Slightly better acting there, but that’s mostly because well, Jace at start of the story just doesn’t seem to care. And that’s exactly the vibe you get from this series: They just don’t care.
I have watched 4 episodes, and all I could do was cringe all the way through. Safe to say: Shadowhunters failed the test.
Ok, I swear, the books are awesome and if you haven’t devoured those yet, I highly recommend you put them on your to read list. Just, steer clear from the ABC family series. It sucks. And it really makes me so sad. So much potential, wasted.
So, did you already watch either of the series? What is your opinion? And if you haven’t, did I convince you to watch The Shannara Chronicles? ^^
Have a good weekend!