Books & TV: ABC Does Terry Goodkind’s Fantasy Series

Legend of the Seeker and The Sword of Truth

Legend of the Seeker and The Sword of Truth

If you haven’t heard, Terry Goodkind’s popular fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, has been adapted for TV by Disney/ABC, and renamed The Legend of the Seeker (not to be confused with The Seeker, the sad and pale adaptation of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising).

The show, and the books, are about the Seeker, a man named Richard Cypher, who learns that he’s prophesied to fight the evil bad who is terrorizing a neighboring country.  For years, a magical barrier has kept the two countries apart, protecting Richard, until a young woman, a Confessor with magic truth saying powers, breaks through to acquaint Richard with his destiny.

I had a chance to check it out, and it’s a pretty gorgeous production.  I’m not sure where they filmed it, but it definitely doesn’t look like Vancouver (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  The costuming, the casting, and the realistic and eye-catching effects make for a very pretty hour of television.  However, it’s pretty clear that those areas are where the money went… not leaving much for key things like “good acting,” or “believable dialog.” I haven’t actually read the books, but I’ve been informed by my roommate that the TV show is not very true to the book’s characterization, and while the frequent plot discrepancy makes sense, it seems that the characters may have been watered down a bit for popular consumption. It’s not going to bother everyone, but if you’re like my roommate, you will be frothing with rage by the end of the first episode (although I should point out that she was still eager to watch episode 2.)

The show is in syndication, and not on a specific network, so I can’t tell you when it will be on TV.  However, the main website for the series has a tool where you can enter your zip code and get your local time and channel.

If you’ve been missing Xena, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

-Dea

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