I’ve been meaning to write a bit about Legend Of The Seeker for a while now. Sci-Fi are showing double episodes each Thursday night, something which started as part of their ‘Fantasy month’. And, having been wowed by the spoof epic Krod Mandoon, I decided to tune in to Seeker and see if it was any good.
The series starts out in the standard way – Richard Cypher (played by Craig Horner), a woodsman who discovers that he was adopted and is the ‘seeker’ mentioned in prophecy who will rise up in times of trouble. He is aided in his quests by the smokin’ hot Confessor, Kahlan (played by Bridget Regan and the Christopher Lloyd-ian wizard, Zedd (played by Bruce Spence).
The series is produced by Sam Raimi, well known for previous work in the fantasy genre on shows like Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules. Unlike those two shows, Legend Of The Seeker is a far more grounded series, with less of the comedy elements of its 90’s counterparts.
Funnily enough, since most American programming is drowning in post-9/11 counterterrorism style shows like 24, I’ve been yearning for something different to watch. In the UK, Robin Hood and Merlin have tackled the period-adventure to varying degrees of success. Krod Mandoon was a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek approach to fantasy that had me howling with laughter.
Although the storytelling on Legend Of The Seeker is much more earnest, there’s the odd bit of unintentional humour. For instance, I’ve just watched the episode Denna, in which Richard falls captive of a Mord’Sith called…Denna. It’s a barely repressed S&M fantasy, and for a moment I thought I was watching Sexcetera rather than a fictional programme. Think that BDSM scene with heather Graham in The Guru and you’ll know what I’m talking about…rubber-clad hilarity!
I love the concept of Kahlan the Confessor – possibly the Seeker’s greatest challenge. The Confessor uses her power to make people love her, but if she makes love she loses control of her power and her partner’s soul will belong to her forever, making them effectively a zombie slave. Of course, with her combination of stunning good looks, cleavage-baring outfits and her sweet feminine nature, Kahlan is fantasyland’s greatest ever cock-tease. Yes Seeker, you can look, but you can’t touch.
But however jaw-droppingly good-looking Bridget Regan is as the confessor, she is also an excellent ass-kicking ally in battle. I don’t know how she fights in those flowing robes, but she scythes through legions of henchmen while Richard takes his sweet time dispatching the ‘big baddie’.
Worthy also of mention is Zedd – wise wizard and secret grandfather to Richard. I mentioned before about his Christopher Lloydian features, reminiscent of Biff Tannen’s line in Back To The Future II: “He said someday a crazy, wide-eyed wizard would show up some day claiming I was the Seeker” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the point.
I could rave and rave about Legend, because the show has a purity about it that I’ve missed in TV for a while. And in keeping with my new TV-watching policy, I’m not looking ahead for spoilers, just enjoying the show as it happens, same as with True Blood.
Any other Seeker fans out there? Let me know what’s your favourite thing about the show…