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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoChosen, Parts 1 & 2||Thousands of years after the fall of Humankind as we know it the Four Lands is in grave danger. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an unlikely trio: an Elvin Princess, a Human Rover & a Half-Elf.||1:21:49||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFury||Wil and Amberle are kidnapped by Eretria and Cephalo while returning to the palace. But the Rovers are the least of their worries –Wil must learn how to use the Elfstones before a bloodthirsty Fury kills them all.||41:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoChangeling||While Amberle embarks on a deadly task to prove her worth to the Ellcrys, the Dagda Mor sends the Changeling, an ancient, shape-shifting Demon, to kill her and anyone in its way.||41:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReaper||Amberle, Wil and Eretria are forced to overcome their differences to survive the perils of their quest, including the nightmarish Reaper. At the palace, Ander attempts to recruit help from an unlikely ally to find the Dagda Mor||41:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPykon||On the run from the relentless Reaper, Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in Pykon, a snowy Elvin outpost that houses a grisly secret. Meanwhile, Ander and Slanter make a devastating discovery about the Dagda Mor's forces.||41:28||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBreakline||Amberle and Eretria run from bloodthirsty Elf Hunters who relish in cutting off elves' ears for fun, while Wil searches for them with the help of an unexpected friend.||41:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUtopia||Wil and Amberle desperately search for Eretria to save her from the vicious elf hunters who kidnapped her. Little do they know, she's stumbled upon a secret settlement of Humans and may finally feel like she belongs.||41:17||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSafehold||With time running out, Wil, Amberle and Eretria must cross ancient Human ruins to reach the Bloodfire. But a nefarious evil stands in their way, testing their friendship and manipulating them against each other.||41:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEllcrys||Wil and Amberle race to reach the Ellcrys while Allanon and Ander lead the Elvin army in an epic battle against the Dagda Mor and his Demon horde. But the cost of their quest could prove too great.||41:51||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Shannara Chronicles Trailer||Check out the trailer for The Shannara Chronicles.||2:08||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMeet the Characters||Get to know the dynamic characters of "The Shannara Chronicles"||10:43||Free||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMaking of the Elf Ears||The costume designers behind "The Shannara Chronicles" reveal how they created its characters' iconic elf ears.||2:02||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMaking of the Ellcrys||See how set designers from ‘The Shannara Chronicles' created the show's vibrant centerpiece, the Ellcrys Tree.||2:10||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|105||HDClosed CaptioningVideoExploring New Zealand||Check out some of these amazing landscapes and sets in the upcoming Shannara Chronicles.||1:31||Free||View in iTunes|
|106||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTerry Brooks Interview||Author Terry Brooks talks about watching his novels come to life in The Shannara Chronicles.||2:05||Free||View in iTunes|
|107||HDClosed CaptioningVideoShannara: Red Carpet Premiere||MTV stars are raving about The Shannara Chronicles. Take a look at our red carpet premiere to see why.||3:15||Free||View in iTunes|
|108||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1 Featurette: Making of the Dagda Mor||Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at Jeb Brophy's transformation into the Dagda Mor.||4:59||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|109||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3 Featurette: Wil's Horse Stunt||Austin and his stunt double create the scene where Wil gets dragged by his horse.||2:29||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|110||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4 Featurette: The Demonic Sanctuary||Get a behind the scenes look at the Demonic Sanctuary and how they create it.||3:32||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|111||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5 Featurette: Aine's Death||Go behind the scenes to how the crew and cast members created the scene of Aine's death.||3:34||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|112||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6 Featurette: Zipline Training||Flying on a zipline isn't as easy as it looks! Check out how the stunt doubles made it happen.||3:11||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|113||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7 Featurette: Meet Josh Randall||The cast talks about working with Joshua Randall. He was initially brought onto the show as a physical trainer to get the cast in shape for filming, but fans will notice that he also plays several characters on the show.||2:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|114||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8 Featurette: Crowning King Ander||Daniel MacPherson (Arion), Jed Brophy (Dadga Mor), and Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) talk about what it was like to shoot a very pivotal scene during which Ander is crowned as the new king in the wake of his father and brother's deaths.||2:24||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|115||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 9 Featurette:||Austin Butler (Wil) and Poppy Drayton (Amberle) discuss "jam-packed, epic" Episode 109 in which Amberle, Will, and Eretria discover the Bloodfire that causes all hell to break loose.||2:29||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|116||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 10 Featurette: Making of Slanter||Austin Butler (Wil) and Poppy Drayton (Amberle) express their sadness over Amberle's journey on the show ending in Episode 110. Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Austin, and Poppy talk about the evolution of each other's characters throughout the show.||3:22||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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EPIC FAIL of an EPIC TALE
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...