Tuesday, April 27, 2010

EW Exclusive

Legend of the Seeker has been canceled.

I never watched this show, but I know that many people loved it and will mourn its passing. I'm actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. Syndicated fantasy epics - worked with Xena and Hercules, but does anyone really know why? Maybe because they drew so much from Greek mythology, they were ever so slightly more accessible than your typical fantasy. Even though we may not be able to relate to Xena's on-again-off-again romance with the God of War, we at least knew who Ares was and how he fit in his world. Less need for world-building = more time for character development = more interesting characters = better show for me, personally.

Same goes for Harry Potter - even with all the magical shenanigans, the kid still runs around in jeans (excuse me, denims), worrying about smooching girls and winning The Big Game. In contrast, look at The Golden Compass. Souls and familiars and stardust and theocracies and, and, and! There was a lot going on there - I was too busy trying to figure things out to form any sort of emotional bond with the protagonist. (Note that I am referring to the movies only - no hate mail re: the books, please.)

But maybe I'm wrong. Fans of Legend of the Seeker, how as the world-building? Did you bond with the characters? Or were you just in it to see if the dashing hero ever gets it on with the hot mind-control babe?

No? Just me?


Whitney said...
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Whitney said...

I really enjoyed this show, the characters and the world. I am really sad to see it go. Though I am 80% sure that the idea of syndication killed it

Maggie Cats said...

I am also a fan of the show (started out as a fan of the books). The world building is pretty good (since it could draw on the books as source material which were definitely more rich and nuanced), but it's really your typical wizard/sword kind of story. So in a lot of ways, I don't think it's that different from Xena/Hercules. They had the myth aspect to start from, while LOTS comes from the more sword and sandal/magic troupe.