Airs 10pm every Wednesday on Sky Cable channel 33
Those looking to escape the humdrum of their daily lives and step into a medieval fantasy world would do well to watch Sci-Fi channel's Legend of the Seeker It doesn't exactly break new ground for the genre, but it is a solid Lord of the Rings-esque action adventure. This is from the same guys who brought us Xena:Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys so if you enjoyed those two, chances are you'll like this one, too.
The premise is a basic sword-and-wizard fare: A reluctant hero is set to become the Seeker, the only one who can stop the mega-evil seeking to destroy all that's good. Wizards, catapults, aswang-like creatures and village mobs figure in from time to time, but the overarching plot is that of one ultimate good versus one ultimate evil. At worst, it could be called a Grankenstein-like mishmash of body parts from other works in its genre. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Legend of the Seeker is not a fun and exciting romp through wildreness and war.
A lot of intense battles ensure here, which to the creators' credit, are well-choreographed and exciting. Seeing the bad guys eviscerated by the hero's Sword of Truth is satisfying. Likewise, the New Zealand exterior comprised of lush, sweeping landscapes, and greenery beautifully contrast with the gore and blood of the fight scenes.
Which is a good thing because it has clunky dialogue. The forced and unnatural delivery of the actors doesn't help. The dialogue is uneven, trying too hard to be eloquent in some parts and then channeling high school plays in others. If you can ignore this, then you'll be rewarded. The Legend of the Seeker will entertain you.—Gelo Gonzales