Legend Of The Seeker Review: Looking For Adventure
LEGEND OF THE SEEKER: Monday 15th February, Sci Fi Channel UK, 8pm ALERT ME
Having barely lifted the fork to his mouth, Richard Cypher’s victory meal is ruined by an undead Screeling crashing through the window. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
And if there’s one person you don’t want at your dinner party it’s a sharp-clawed gremlin from the underworld.
But then life as The Seeker was never going to be all cocktails and canapes.
After defeating his arch nemesis Darken Rahl, everything seemed rosy. But during the fight Richard (Craig Horner) inadvertently made a rip between up here and the underworld meaning screelings are spilling out all over the shop.
What’s more Richard is told he’s Rahl’s brother and now due the Lord Rahl title, which comes free with the armies he’s fought so long against.
Confusing times indeed and viewers unfamiliar with Terry Goodkind’s Sword Of Truth book series might struggle to keep up.
His biggest problem though is a simple one and will be the envy of fantasy geeks everywhere – which girl should he get it on with? The ethereal brunette Kahlan (Bridget Regan) has stood faithfully by his side throughout but Mord Sith Cara (Tabrett Bethell) wears tight-leather, bathes naked and sometimes snogs other women.
Rick Wakeman lookalike and last person in the phone book, the wizard Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander (Bruce Spence) is there to help our young hero and always has a wise word to say about the struggles.
The story and the characters are pretty flat and worn out having been plucked straight from Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars, but there is enough titillation to maintain attention.
The CGI monsters are genuinely creepy, we are treated to spectacular views of the New Zealand countryside and, as previously mentioned, there’s occasional lesbian bath action.
Fantasy fans will not be disappointed by this second series opener, it has all the ingredients of a worthwhile quest. Outsiders though will be left easily confused and will probably rather get on with their dinner.