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LEGEND OF THE SEEKER The Complete First Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  946 minutes, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, two featurettes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  ABC Studios/

RELEASE DATE:  10-13-2009

 

DISC 1- PROPHECY/ DESTINY/ BOUNTY/ BRENNIDON

DISC 2- LISTENER/ ELIXIR/ IDENTITY/ DENNA

DISC 3- PUPPEETEER/ SACRIFICE/ CONFESSION/ HOME/ REVENANT

DISC 4- HARTLAND/ CONVERSION/ BLOODLINE/ DECEPTION/ MIRROR

DISC 5- CURSED/ SANCTUARY/ FEVER/ RECKONING

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER is the return to syndicated TV for producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the same guys who produced HERCULES and XENA.  Bruce Spence, Craig Horner, and Bridget Regan star in this series based on the SWORD OF TRUTH fantasy series of novels.  Horner is Richard Cypher, the Seeker, who is prophesized to defeat the evil Darken Rahl who is enslaving land after land in a misguided quest to bring peace through his twisted means.  Richard is joined in his quest by Zed (Spence) the wizard and Kahlan (Bridget Regan) the Confessor who can control people by one touch.   Richard and Kahlan share a love that may never be for fear that Kahlan could confess Richard.

 

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER started out slow with average writing before the show really took off to create a very vivid and imaginative series with plots that build and refer to each other as the season goes on.     The Seeker wants to be human and not be like Darken Rahl in his quest to defeat his enemy.   The characters develop over several episodes and even the guest stars are fully realized.   You sympathize for the D’haran captain who cares for his family in DECEPTION even though he is on opposite sides of the Seeker.  Recurring characters including Denna aren’t black and white even though she is a Mord-Sith (ones who are immune to wizard’s magic) and seeking to defeat Richard.   CONVERSION shows sometimes the best plans can go awry while MIRROR proves a lighter episode does work despite the show being stronger without being too tongue-in-cheek.  REVENANT looks into the history of a past Seeker.   I can’t wait to see what season two will bring.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentaries for PROPHECY, DESTINY, DENNA, and THE PUPPETEER

 

FORGING THE SWORD: CRAFTING THE LEGEND- a 15 minute featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of making the show from casting the leads, filming in New Zealand, and set design.

WORDS OF TRUTH: A CONVERSATION WITH TERRY GOODKIND- Terry tells a little about his life, the books the TV series is based on, and how he writes.

Eight deleted scenes feature some extended and alternate scenes.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  LEGEND OF THE SEEKER is a wonderful fantasy series to check out on DVD.   The characters develop and grow as the storylines build them and the universe of the series.

 

This DVD review is (c)10-13-2009 David Blackwell.  This cannot be reprinted without permission.  All Rights Reserved.  No vampires were harmed during the writing of this review.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com