Jane After Dark: Legend of the Seeker, season one
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 18th 2009 11:02AM
I've been hearing about this little show called Legend of the Seeker since it debuted last year. Season one was just released on DVD, so I checked it out for Jane After Dark this week. It's a great show. In my neck of the woods, it airs Saturday afternoon at 4 PM, which is a perfect time. If it aired during the regular primetime schedule, I'm afraid it would be eaten up by other shows, but the weekends are a nice home for it.
I've heard that Legend of the Seeker, based on The Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind, is similar to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. As with Legend, both of these shows were produced by Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert.
I've seen episodes of those shows here and there, but not enough to offer an opinion on the similarities. What I can say is this: Legend of the Seeker is entertaining, romantic, tells an intriguing story, and features some great characters who can be both funny and dramatic.
The story takes place in a fantasy world where the three main provinces are Westland, the Midlands and D'Hara. Westland is separated from the Midlands by a magical boundary, created to prevent any magic from entering Westland. On the other side of the Midlands is D'Hara, which is ruled by the evil tyrant Darken Rahl (Craig Parker).
Craig Horner plays Richard Cypher, a young woodsman living in Hartland, a town in Westland where no magic exists. However, he soon learns that he is a "Seeker," a hero rises up in times of trouble and seeks out evil. Richard isn't exactly happy about this, but he soon grows into his destiny.
Bridget Regan plays Kahlan Amnell, a female Confessor who has the power to magnify the love a person has for her, which allows her to control them. Her role is to protect the Seeker, and she's also a kick-ass action hero.
Bruce Spence plays Zeddicus "Zedd" Zu'l Zorander, a wizard who knew Richard's destiny, and thus brought him as a baby into Westland to protect him from the aforementioned Darken Rahl, the emperor of D'Hara and the Seeker's enemy. He wants to capture the Midlands and Westland into his empire by enslaving the people living there.
Horner and Regan have great chemistry, intensified by the fact that their characters can never be together; otherwise their powers would get messed up (or so says the prophesy). Bruce Spence has done too many movies and TV shows to name, but he came into my consciousness as the crazy pilot in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Big fan ever since those roles.
Season two of Legend of the Seeker premieres Nov. 7, 2009, and I highly recommend you grab season one between now and then. It's mild enough to be a family show, and it's filmed in the gorgeous land of New Zealand, so has a little bit of a Lord of the Rings feel to it.
You can also watch clips and episodes of Legend of the Seeker at SlashControl. Here's a little recap of season one: