legend of the seeker

DVD Releases: October 13, 2009

Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season, Drag Me to Hell, Land of the Lost.  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?

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Love It

Rent It

  • Drag Me to Hell: I'm just not sure about this one.  I like Sam Rami so that is a plus, it got decent reviews another plus and the premise kind of hooks me.  That said I have been tortured by bad movies claiming to be horror for too long and I am concerned that this one might drag the viewer through a tortuous experience (not the good kind) to watch this movie.  Maybe I'm too much of a cowered or have too much suffering in my own life to risk it on this movie. please someone who has watched it clear up this F.U.D. (fear, uncertainty & doubt) and give me a reason to watch this movie.

  • Land of the Lost:  The trailer looks funny which originally peeked my interest.  Will Ferrell is funny but also a hit or miss for me with his movies.  After it got tanked in the reviews I became more cautious about Land of the Lost but I have not given up on the movie because most of the complaints are that it's too cheesy which is exactly what the original show was like.  I may still watch this one but it does not go very high on my rental list.


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SF TV Series To Watch This Fall

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With so many Speculative Fiction shows and new shows coming out this fall I thought I could help sort them all out.

Currently Airing

  • Eureka (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show.  Love it, watch it on Hulu
  • Ghost Hunters (Syfy):  Fascinating exploration of U.S. ghost stories and haunting investigation.  Love it watch it on Hulu
  • Warehouse 13 (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show that adds a dash of paranormal into it.   Love it, watch it on Hulu

SEPTEMBER 9

  • Glee (FOX):  loved the pilot, a nice feel good musical tale with a dash of fantasy.
  • Destination Truth (Syfy):  Loved the previous seasons can’t wait to see what Josh and the gang get into this season.  Hopefully nothing from Chernobyl bit Josh.

SEPTEMBER 10

  • The Vampire Diaries (CW):  A vampire is in it so I have to check it out but I don’t have much hope.  I realize it is not a Twilight clone (I have been schooled on that subject, lol) yet I can only hope that it is way better then Twilight.
  • Supernatural (CW):  I’m a sucker for a paranormal show involving demon hunters so this is on my check out list because I also realize there are a lot of bad ones out there as well.
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SEPTEMBER 22

  • The Forgotten (ABC): I don’t have much hope for this show, mainly I’m concerned this will turn out to be yet another show for people who don’t like sci-fi to watch.

SEPTEMBER 23

  • Eastwick (ABC):  The trailers looks really good, they captured the essence of the movie so well in the promotional material I’m looking forward to watching it.

SEPTEMBER 25

  • Dollhouse (FOX):  Season one rocked!!! A must see
  • Smallville (CW): I could appreciate the concept behind Smallville but until this season just didn’t care enough bout the show to want to watch it but with Callum Blue joining the cast this year I think I may start watching it.

SEPTEMBER 27

  • The Simpsons (FOX):  If you don’t know then I’m at a loss for words.

OCTOBER 2

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  • Stargate Universe (Syfy):  I started out not caring much about this show, but as more came out and especially the latest trailers I’m excited to watch it.
  • Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters (Cartoon):  Season two of George Lucas' animated Star Wars tales covering the era of the Clone Wars.  The animation style is a unique style that has been difficult for some to get into but worth it.  The story is really good though lighter because the show is marketed more towards a kid audience I have hope that the second season will get better.

OCTOBER 9

  • Ugly Betty (ABC):  What an amazing retelling of the classic fantasy tale
  • Sanctuary (Syfy):  The original web series was good.  The first season was awesome so of course I’m looking forward to season two.

NOVEMBER 3

  • V (ABC):  I enjoyed growing up with the original show V and it is one that could use a retelling, plus Morena Baccarin.

November 7

  • Legend of the Seeker (syndication):  Season one was so good I can’t wait to see how season two unfolds.

I find it interesting that all of the speculative fiction programming out there are on either sy-fy, Fox, CW, or ABC.

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Wizard's First Rule: Bookclub this Saturday!

This Saturday is the discussion of Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.  I am really excited about this, and I hope the live features work.

The show will be recorded live at 2:00 PM (EDT) [18:00 UTC] on Talkshoe.  Feel free to call in using their Voice client or here:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 53080

You will not have to subscribe to this shows RSS, the recorded episode will come out on the regular feed for The Confessed.

WFR: Swatting Flies, Lessons From a Seeker

Throughout one's life there arises nuisances that annoy and antagonize us like a fly at the dinner table.  The instinct is to swat that annoyance, rid it from our lives and return to whatever it is we are working on.  Though that is our instinct and the most immediate satisfying action, are there times when we should bear the annoyance and not swat the fly? I love the scene in the book Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind when Richard and Kahlen are faced with the temptation to swat the Blood flies that were annoying them.  In this instance the annoyance was not only buzzing about them but they were even stinging and biting them.  The real danger they were in was if they attacked the small annoyance they would have gained the attention of a very dangerous and lethal predator a long tail Gar.

This scene is a great metaphor for our own lives and gives us the answer to the question: are there times when we should bear the annoyance and not swat the fly?  The lesson here is it's sometimes wiser to tolerate the small annoyances because attacking the small stuff can make a situation much worse then it already is.  In other words as I'm told often "Don't sweat the small stuff."

There are many real life examples of when people should not have swatted at their small annoyances and because they did they ended up in much bigger trouble.  Watch politics for a moment and the examples flow.  Take for example the young couple on a date who couldn't leave the fly alone and ended up spilling their drink over their plate and nice outfit, not to mention the embarrassment.   For me, recently, I lost an afternoon because I could not leave the small plumbing annoyance alone and because I messed with it I made a situation that was ignorable into a bigger situation that had to be fixed.

The next time you are faced with an annoyance, endure for at least a moment and seek the truth behind the situation.  Discern and ask yourself if I go after that small annoyance will it make the situation worse.  If not then swat away but heed the Seeker's warning for if you swing at the wrong one a long tail Gar might just be waiting for you.

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Sephiroth/Aerith Tribute- "The Mourning Tree"

I found this video by accident while looking for a video of the Leaves' Eyes song "Mourning Tree" to share on a forum.

This is one of my favorite songs, and I have always been surprised that more videos haven't been made using it.  I would love to see a Richard/Kahlan video, or a Daniel/Sha're video.

This one on Sephiroth and Aerith from Final Fantasy VII is an interesting way to frame the story from Advent's Children.  After all it really is their story isn't it.

Legend of the Seeker Season 2 and the Books

craig-hornerIn an interview with Unification France, Craig Horner casts some doubt over whether Season 2 of the Legend of the Seeker will continue the story from book 2: The Stone of Tears. The following is translated by Google Reader from the original french found at Unification France:

When asked what will be like season 2, Craig Horner plays Richard Cypher / The Seeker (the dowser) replied: "I do not know if they will follow the second book in the series (The Sword of Truth , Volume 2: The Stone of tears), because they have already used the 1st Volume, but also characters and stories of other volumes. Now that the series took the autonomy compared to the original, you can do what we want. "

While this is not a "Yes, we will be leaving the books behind," but it is a little concerning.  I would hold the cast and crew would be in the loop regarding how much they will or will not follow the path set out in the novels.

I assume they will use the books as a source for characters and setting as well as the general twists and turns for each season's plot arc.  That is essentially what they did with season 1.

I am just thrilled that to be speculating about season 2, and by the way, apparantly in french, Richard is the Dowser (le Sourcier).  That is kind of cool.

Richard & Kahlan - Wicked Game

They used the HIM version of Wicked Game, but it matches the video of Richard and Kahlan.

In a lot of ways, this is a perfect way to think watch Richard and Kahlan as they play fates Wicked Game of unrequited love.

Note to the vidders out there:  I would love to see a Mistress Denna video to the original Chris Isaac song, or maybe Venus in Furs.  I would love to see that.

Review: Legend of the Seeker 116 Bloodline

Review of:  Legend of the Seeker 116 bloodline Legend of the Seeker - Legend of the Seeker, Season 1 Overall Rating: 10

While on a quest to prevent the Third Box of Orden from winding up in the hands of Darken Rahl, Richard learns a startling revelation about his friend, Zedd.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

  • I love the Zedd’s plan to protect the 3rd box of Orden.
  • Get to learn what a Pristinely Ungifted is.
  • Watch the Mord'Sith in action and find out what happened to mistress Denna.
  • Find out more about the box of Orden
  • I love the sound effect used for the Agiel when it strikes someone.
  • Find out what ominous proclamation Darken Rahl made in response to everything that happens.

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Get the books: The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind


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Review: Legend of the Seeker 115 Conversion

Review of:  Legend of the Seeker: Conversion  Legend of the Seeker - Legend of the Seeker, Season 1 Overall Rating: 9

Richard's attempts to rescue his friends from a sadistic wizard's deadly experiments send him into his first explosive face-to-face confrontation with the evil Darken Rahl.  Previously on Legend of the Seeker Darken Rahl establishes a foothold in the Seeker’s hometown, Richard, Kahlan and Chase must journey through the boundary to save Hartland from the forces of darkness.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

What I loved in this episode

  • Learn about ancient alchemy tools and what creations they have brought about.
  • get your copy of Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold , and Stone of Tears here and help support the projectTeleportation exists… cool
  • The tensions put up in this episode where you end up rooting for multiple sides and yet know some have to fail.
  • I loved how we get to learn more about Darken Rahl and see how he isn’t just a stock standard evil lord but someone who cares deeply for the safety of his realm.
  • The fight between Darken Rahl and the Seeker
  • See the Con Dar… The Confessors Blood Rage!!!!!!!!
  • What is Zeddicus up too?


Spoiler Alert


  • I love the tension set up throughout the story of this episode by having both a set of guards and the seeker seeking after the death of Rahl yet having to work against each other because the particulars of the plans are in conflict.
  • The dark wizard is trying to make a confessor!
  • The wizard made a potion to make a person immune to the confessors power… crazy that could mean hope for Richard and Kahlan’s relationship.
  • How did you like the look of the Con Dar scene?  Were you blown away when she shot the needles into the wizards chest?
  • Do you think Richard should have kept the elixir… could you have given it up knowing what would be given up?

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Get the books: The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind

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Review: Legend of the Seeker 114 Hartland

Review of:  Legend of the Seeker: Hartland  Legend of the Seeker - Legend of the Seeker, Season 1 Overall Rating: 9

When Darken Rahl establishes a foothold in the Seeker's hometown, Richard, Kahlan and Chase must journey through the boundary to save Hartland from the forces of darkness.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

  • I really enjoyed how they wrapped up the story between Richard and Anna.
  • It was really interesting seeing how Darken Rahl brainwashed an entire town
  • The Gar were freaky looking in a good way
  • they address the barrier and help to explain it.

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Episode Review: Legend of the Seeker 112 Home

Review of:  Legend of the Seeker: Home  Legend of the Seeker - Legend of the Seeker, Season 1 Overall Rating: 9

Kahlan and Zedd try to free Richard from a wizard's mysterious spell before the biggest secrets are revealed to Darken Rahl.  This was a flashback episode done well.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

They came up with a great excuse to have the flashbacks and used the opportunity to not only remind us of the major points that have occurred up to this point in the series but they realigned everything.

Be very careful when watching the episode the parts they change is very subtle.

Bruce Spence the actor for Zeddicus does an amazing acting job in this episode.


Spoiler Alert


What did you think about the acting Bruce Spence did when he had to play as Darken Rahl behind and illusion of Zeddicus?  I loved his acting because I could tell that it wasn’t Zeddicus only to find out that it was an illusion.

I thought the parts when Darken Rahl kept screwing up and including in information that was unknown to the person he was pretending to be.  Man is he bad at lying.

I found it fascinating that the seer told Richard that Kahlan felt the same about him as he does for her.

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What is Progressive Speculative Fiction?

"Progressive Speculative Fiction is a story told in any medium which has a “What if” at its core and is filled with hope for the future and promotes a sense of community (Project: Shadow Manifesto)." Of all the things I wrote in the Project: Shadow Manifesto, that one sentence has proven to be the most controversial.  Writers have emailed me asking if their work is Progressive SF or not.  Let's approach the question slowly.

What is Speculative Fiction?

Speculative Fiction is any fiction that has at its core a "What if?"  There are five main subgenres of Speculative Fiction:

  • Science Fiction
  • Scifi
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Alternative History

What sets these stories apart from the mainstream?

All fiction asks the question, "Suppose X happened to this character, what would happen?"  Speculative Fiction asks, "What if X were true about the universe, how would this character react?"  For example:

  • Harry Potter: "What if magic existed in the world and it could do anything but bring people back from the dead?"
  • Lord of the Rings: "What is the prehistory of Europe where a mystic struggle between the powers of light and darkness over the nature of the world to come?"
  • Dune: "What if it were possible to alter consciousness enough for people to see the interconnectedness of all things"
  • Cthulu Mythos: "What if there were beings in the universe as powerful and incomprehensible as we are to an ant?"

The question is the heart of the story.  You cannot have a ghost story unless you ask, "What if ghosts interfered with the lives of people?"

That is why it is called Speculative Fiction.  It speculates about a world that is different from ours in some way.

What makes Speculative Fiction Progressive?

Hope for the future and promotes a sense of community.  Some have taken this to mean that dark fiction cannot be Progressive.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Heroes and Battlestar Galactica

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Heroes is not progressive, but Battlestar Galactica is.  Both of these stories are dark, and at times bleak.  Why is one Progressive and the other not?

There is no hope in Heroes.  Nothing inspires the characters forward.  They looked into Kierkegaard's void and could not take their eyes off of the fact that the world is free from purpose and meaning.  They embrace their meaninglessness, and robs the series of any lasting merit it could have.

Battlestar Galactica looked into the same void, and the characters chose to carve out their own meaning in the cosmos.  They have hope for the future, even if it is challenged often, and they are continually struggling to build a viable community.

Hope for the Future

Hope is a necessary element of fiction that many post-modern writes/producers neglect.

  • Without hope, the characters have nothing to loose.
  • With nothing to loose, there is no tension.
  • Without tension, there is no reason to care about the characters.
  • If you don't care about the characters, there is nothing left but spectacle.

That is the primary problem with shows like Lost, Heroes, and Fringe.  All they have is spectacle and shock value.  They have no depth, and there is no reason for people to care about them.  People watch simply to see what crazy thing happens next.  They will be forgotten quickly.

Community

A side effect of the hopelessness and ennui that fills post-modern SF is the focus on the individual to the detriment of the community.  This factor alone was able to change my opinion of Battlestar Galactica.  I didn't used to like the show, but after I marathoned the boxsets, I could see and better still feel the communities that were trying to maintain themselves.

A sense of community is integral to Speculative Fiction because most if not all stories present a world that is different from our own, and without a sense of community it is hard if not impossible to understand the nature of the setting.  For example look at Legend of the Seeker:

  • The levels of mistrust amid Darken Rahl's soldiers
  • The submissive population of Brennidon
  • The reverence of the Confessors for each other and their outrage at sacrelige
  • The prevelence of hidden valleys and islands

All these and more add up to a better understanding of the world under Darken Rahl's control.  Through these communities and the relationships between Richard, Zedd, and Kahlan defines the setting.

Hope and community are part of what Progressive Speculative Fiction is, but they are also Why Progressive Speculative Fiction is important, which we will talk about in the next post in this series.

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