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The Shannara Chronicles, Season 1HDTV-14Closed Captioning

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Based on the 26-volume book series by Terry Brooks, The Shannara Chronicles tells the epic story of an Elvin princess, a bandit and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world. Created and Executive Produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville) and Executive Produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), and shot against the epic landscapes of New Zealand.

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I'll begin with the disclaimer that I am not reviewing the book, or comparing and criticizing every difference between the book and show. I realize that adapting a book into a show means certain changes have to be made in order to tell the story visually. Our imaginations take the books we read and conjure their words into pictures that are much more extensive, personal, and accurate than a film or show adaptation could ever hope to be.

With that said, it is possible to create adaptations that are superb, and that exemplify how to translate a story from one medium to another.

The Shannara Chronicles does not do this.

Unfortunately the show falls victim to the tropes that have come to define cheesiness in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Think George Lucas; think Star Wars prequels, think how badly we wanted to like those movies, and how terrible they were.

I've been in denial since The Shannara Chronicles aired. I pre-ordered the season, so I've now seen the two-hour opening plus the two following episodes, and I am genuinely disappointed. I love the core of this story, and I think the world-building that's been done to bring it to the screen is spectacular. It's a visually stunning show, no doubt about that, but it cashes in the richness and depth of Terry Brooks' masterfully sculpted characters in exchange for shallow, paper-thin, shadows of them. They deliver wooden, cringe worthy dialogue that's downright embarrassing at times, and they poorly expound on crucial plot points that you can tell the actors don't really believe.

The worst part is the potential this series had, and the greatness it could have aspired to. But, alas, it was made by MTV, and written by the guys who did Smallville. And so it has been warped into a teen drama devoid of spiritual depth and subverted into a series of cliche cheesecraft where characters struggle primarily with their hormones rather than deep motivations and fears, and where their inner struggles between good and evil have been reduced to who is sleeping with who, and how often can they take their clothes off.

From the creators of the shows Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, comes the tragedy of what is arguably the greatest American epic fantasy series ever written - painfully reduced to a passing piece of pop culture fluff, worthy of the real apocalypse.

Not perfect but still awesome!!

I first read The Elfstones of Shannara back in 1997 or so, and I continued on through dozens of other Shannara books. Approaching this TV series with an open-mind and understanding that some liberties were taken with details in order to make the book appeal to it's target audience were both paramount in me appreciating it for what it was. That being said, the scenery is gorgeous, the characters are likeable (especially Manu as Allanon!! Amazing!) and the main plot and concepts remain intact. The soundtrack is also very epic and fits very well in the saga. Looking forward to more episodes and season in the future. I really hope they go into the Heritage books; they are my favorite in the series :)

This is what I was waiting for?

Why are people giving it 5 stars when they haven’t even watched this yet? It was one long cringe for me. I love the book and I don’t want to review this as a book purist, as I know there must be changes to bring a novel to the screen. I like GOT better than the books, but this series is going in the wrong direction. MTV could have made a really great epic tale, but I felt like I was watching a CW production with limited vision and scope. The only thing expansive was the landscape. I knew it was going to be bad when it starts with a bunch of shirtless and ripped Elven models looking like they are shooting for an Abercrombie and Fitch ad with a Hunger Games theme. The dialogue is just complete rubbish and the art direction is so overly done and polished. Why are elves wearing high heels and stupid looking ear caps?! I think most fans of the books will be put off by this as it just feels like a cartoonish facsimile. I could go on and on...

The Shannara Chronicles, Season 1
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: Jan 05, 2016
  • CCin English

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