In the past 2 or 3 years, I have constantly mentioned that MTV is really stepping up their game in terms of fictional program. Teen Wolf and Finding Carter are just the latest examples of their success, but they’ve really topped themselves with the Shannara Chronicles!
I should probably say that I haven’t read the books by Terry Brooks and therefore am in no way capable of judging if it’s a faithful adaptation. I’ve heard some voices saying that it’s not, but again, I can’t really confirm or deny that. However, I can with full authority say that I loved it. I tweeted and snapchatted like crazy about it, but I simply couldn’t stop. MTV showed a double feature for the premiere and then offered to watch Episode 3 and 4 via their app. Since the Chosen Part II ends with quite a mean cliffhanger (and because I was obviously hooked already), I took them up on that without even thinking twice.
But as always, I am getting ahead of myself. You may wonder, what is it even about? Well here’s a first look and a little blurb.
The Shannara Chronicles is a Fantasy show about three teens of different origin, who will have to work together to protect their entire world from the uprising of demons.
Creators: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Cast: Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, James Remar, Daniel MacPherson, John Rhys-Davies, Jed Brophy, Brooke Williams, Emelia Burns, Marcus Vanco, …
Episodes: Season 1 is supposed to have a 10 episode order
There is magic, love, fighting, blood and super good-looking young actors and actresses. The first episode started out really intense, but also had emotional as well as comical moments. I think it’s the mix of it all with this epic quest that make it so incredibly endearing to me. It seems the Four Lands are set in a dystopian Fantasy world, with humans having gone extinct at some point. That concept alone has me really intrigued and I love the references to humanity sometimes.
I will admit to having some problems keeping all the names straight, especially since there are so many starting with A (Amberle, Ander, Allanon, Arion …), but I’m good with faces, so it worked just fine for or me. Other than that, I can only say that I really enjoyed it. I am already smitten with Wil’s naivety, Amberle’s strength, Eretria’s willpower, Allanon’s quiet wisdom and Ander’s good humour (definitely having developed a crush on the latter – yep!). I am now looking forward to more episodes, even though I was so silly as to watch ahead of the release schedule – bad idea! Now I have to wait three more weeks for my fix of Shannara.
Well, I guess this concludes my fangirling! What are your thoughts on the show? Did you check it out as well?