Even though I chose to discuss the other subplots first, Wil and Mareth's spontaneous journey back in time to visit Shady Vale and retrieve the evil skull to save Uncle Flick was - again - probably the closest Shannara will ever get to a Doctor Who homage. But comparing this series to others is a little unfair at this point, isn't it? That it would dovetail into the wrath of General Riga and Jax's personal history somehow was interesting, as was it's unexpected conclusion which was more or less an obvious tribute to Game of Thrones' infamous Red Wedding sequence. To say that this feature-length two-parter was only about time travel is an oversimplification. It felt like Wil and Amberle were given priority when it came to narrative focus and she was just the sexy, saucy sidekick. Season two takes place one year after the events of last season. The Warlock Lord uses to open. Really hoping that doesn't happen, because I don't want a Wil Ohmsford-less third year for that matter, either.
Because it's all about time travel. We receive an earful about her past, her present, and her future. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight. This time around, it definitely works and works well. Now that Bandon has the skull, Uncle Blick is dead, and Allanon is about to follow suit, I have to wonder what twists and turns will happen in the next two episodes, or if this was just designed to be an exciting midpoint for the season. This couplet has more going for it than just the time travel schtick.
The Shannara Chronicles is, in its purest essence, a metatextual remix of some of the better moments pulled from the fantasy end of our pop culture lexicon. Call it the Crimson Wedding, if you will. Before we get to your regularly scheduled review - which contains 32% less irreverence this time tell your friends! As darkness falls across the land, Eretria sees in a vision once more. But if this part of an elaborate conspiracy to write of Eretria's character at the end of the season, I don't want anything to do with it because I cannot fathom nor do I want an Ivana Baquero-less third season of this show. The writers' room probably did. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer.
And, quite frankly, I'm not interested in keeping track of it all. If you see Amberle, tell her to make another cameo, will you? Now that we're midway through the second, I have a hunch that Shannara is planning to kill off another one of its main characters like it did at the end of its first. This Shannara Chronicles review contains spoilers. Wil is working in , training to become a Healer, when the mysterious arrives, seeking treatment for a burned hand. That's fine by me, because I think this show could use one of those right now. I hope you come back to life or show up as a ghost like you inevitably will sooner rather than later.
He takes her to an abandoned police station where he keeps a Black Wraith locked up in a cell for her to practice mental sparring with. And, the best or worst part of it all is, everything is put on the fast track. Advertisement Now, with that out of the way, it's time to sit back, makes sure your hands and arms are inside the vehicle at all times, and enjoy the roast! When she does, she turns into Evil Willow or Dark Phoenix, if you want. Oh, and remember to put your phones on silent, please. In , attempts to resurrect the. However, as insurance Bandon has poisoned , and only he has the cure that can save 's uncle from death. Anyway, the actual getting to know Shea and Heady Ohmsford part was the most contrived, because their characters are so thin.
She will be susceptible to the Warlock Lord's control when he rises, so Cogline warns her she must learn to control her darkness before then. Wil duels with unexpected results. The new season consists of 10 one-hour episodes. Therefore, I'm going to cut them a wee bit of slack. Wil's character journey so far this season has made him stronger than ever, and that he would pull Back to the Future and go back to help mentor his father Shea and be responsible for directing his destiny was a neat albeit overly convenient twist.
The series is executive produced by Gough and Millar, Brooks, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Dan Farah, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni. Actually, come to think of it, this two-parter reminds me of another two-parter from one of the shows I mentioned earlier - The Sarah Jane Adventures. While visiting a nearby kingdom, King seeks reinforcement and is given an ultimatum. Shea Ohmsford is played by Jarred Blakiston, who played the Graphite Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge. . The second most interesting part of this pair of episodes is Eretria's character development. It's not because they want to burn through the back 5 episodes of this season as quickly as possible because they're planning on axing it.
Eretria has often been treated as a person Shannara will get around to fully dealing with when it felt good and ready to do so. Riga and his soldiers show up during their ceremony and cause havoc, killing Ander in the process. Meanwhile, the bond between and continues to grow. It might be because I spent the past few weeks dabbling in Doctor Whospinoffs. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. Season 3 is definitely going to happen.
As a side effect, I've been developing a new fondness for the Tenth Doctor and all of his wacky non-sexual romantic relationships. Turns out this term - and its Whovian associations - have a lot to do with the two-hour epic event that Shannara unleashed upon us without much warning this week. Take the marriage of King Ander and Lyria, for example. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called the Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. With trapped, and must work together to free him before time runs out. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.