Release Date: 5 January 2016
Channel: MTV, Tuesdays at 10pm
Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Written by: Terry Brooks (Novel), Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Cast: Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett
Production Company: Farah Films, Music Television (MTV), Sonar Entertainment
I haven’t read the books. I have read the reviews on the books and I so wish I read the books before watching the first two episodes.
If you don’t know, the series starts with book two of The Shannara Chronicles. I am not sure why, the first book sounds interesting. In the first ten minutes, you see some sexism. I mean, the show is set way in the future and yet, it still exists. Shame.
Anyhow, I don’t know about comparing this to LOTR. Again, I haven’t read the books, but from what I can see, it’s going to be better with every episode (that you can watch 4 episodes now on MTV.com – with your TV provider).
You’ll see a couple familiar faces: Manu Bennett (Allanon) and John Rhys-Davies (King Eventine Elessedil).You’ll remember Manu from CBS’s Arrow as Slade Wilson. I like that he is not as much as a villain. I guess he could be one if he went to the dark side. Rhys-Davies was Gimli in the LOTR Movies.
This will be interesting to see the character development between Amberle, Will and Eretria as the future of the Ellcrys tree is in their hands. Eretria (Baquero) will change sides, I hope. I do think that Amberle’s father may try to do something to force the king (Rhys-Davies) off the throne, but this is all speculation.
Check out the first 2 episodes.