Asta 2

Legend of the Seeker and some other stuff

I think I’m going on a year of LJ lethargy. It’s quite vexing! I'm doing better keeping up with Twitter. I'm Asta77 there as well in case anyone who isn't already following me there cares to. No pressure! :)

But it's not just LJ lethargy, it’s writing anything of any length. I keep telling myself "This is the weekend I will finally (insert name of project here)" and, instead, I end up marathoning a TV show. Last weekend it was Legend of the Seeker and this weekend it was Season 2 of The Wire. pellucid posted the Thirty Day TV Meme, which looks fun. I'll be honest. I won't post everyday. I don't really want to post everyday. But I think I'll keep the list here and refer back to it from time to time.


Complete Meme List

Day 01 – A show that should never have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


And, hey, let me use Day 2, a show that you wish more people were watching, as a segue to talk about Legend of the Seeker! :) Seeker is a series I do believe would suffer from going on too long, but which I has another season or two of life in it.



I was happy to see Darken Rahl return to the land of the living, if only to do away with the fireside chats. His threatening the last Nightwisp rivaled, imho, the kitten neck snapping from ‘Fever’. Sadly, his brotherly bonding with Richard is short-lived as Richard continues to be far too trusting and leaves Darken unattended several yards away. Oh, Richard.

Have I mentioned how much I love Cara? HAVE I??? The show continues to give us ridiculous moments and she’s, bless her, standing there to point them out. Case in point, Cara's words as Richard and Kahlan prepare for Yet Another Big Angsty Goodbye (Even Though They Have No Reason to Think They Won’t See Each Other in a Few Days): "Can we speed this up? You love her. She loves you. Protect her as if she was you. Did I miss anything?" ::DIES::

(Side Note: I’m not sure if Season 1 Richard would have thought to punch Darken in the stomach. I applaud the character growth. :)

My other favorite Cara moment was her declaration of love for Richard. OK, yes, I know, it shouldn’t be taken THAT way, but, full confession, I ship Richard and Cara. Not that I don’t ship Richard and Kahlan. Those two crazy kids love each other, have SO MUCH chemistry and are really, really hot together, but I also see the potential for Richard and Cara. Although, given the fic for the series seems to be equally divided between Richard/Kahlan and Cara/Kahlan (which I see, but prefer the friendship) I appear to be in my own tiny ship.....paddling alone. It’s OK. I’m used to it. I shipped Lee and Laura.

However Cara loves Richard, he has been an impetus for her to change (along with her flashforward in 'Reckoning') and to view people and her world differently. When Cara first joined Richard’s Merry Band (TM Darken Rahl), it was because, as a Mord Sith, it was her duty to protect Lord Rahl. I took note that by the middle of the season, Cara is stating it's her duty to protect The Seeker. She's helping to ensure the safety of someone chosen for a higher purpose, rather then some guy who inherits a title through his bloodline. Has her duty become less of an obligation and more of a calling? And ensuring the last Nightwisp made it to it's final destination was not something she had to do, but wanted to do. She had grown to care about it's fate and the fate of it's unborn offspring.

Richard and I said, in unison, "You were the first Baneling?!" I didn’t see that reveal coming! And the writers surprised me by tying it into two seasons of mythology pretty well.

The writers also managed to humanize Darken a bit. It doesn’t negate the horrible things he’s done, but I'm able to imagine what it did to him when his father, proudly, informed him that his other son was going to grow up to kill him. That’s taking ‘You’ve been a bitter disappointment to me’ to the extreme. And Richard grows up to not only fulfill the prophecy, but to be loved by all. In a society so preoccupied with magic, I doubt there is good, available psychotherapy.

Ren’s back! And can someone explain to me how The Sisters of the Light are any better than The Sisters of the Dark? I can see why red is their color. Both sides are quite bloodthirsty!

OK, Craig is starting to do the hair flip thing. IT’S TIME FOR RICHARD TO GET A HAIRCUT, SHOW.


One of these days, I'd like to do meta post about Legend of the Seeker because I feel the show is deeper than it’s given credit for and has the ability to make you think. ‘Deception’ I found to be a surprisingly complex episode, forcing the viewer to look at the toll war takes on both sides, with no easy answers at the end. However, because I watched the series in such a short period of time (and didn’t take a bunch of notes as I usually do), I think I may need to do a rewatch. In the meantime, some things that make me go, hmmm...


In ‘Fever’, I thought Darken was BSing Jennsen when he told her he, too, was her brother. My interpretation of the timeline around Richard's birth was that either shortly before or after the birth, Panis Rahl gloated to his eldest that his youngest was going to kill him. This led Darken to murder (he thought!) Panis before going all biblical and ordering the death of every first born son. But in a later episode, Darken mentions "their" sister to (I think) Richard and I just don’t know how that is possible.

I really liked Dark!Richard in ‘Fury’. I understand Richard is the hero and a really good guy, but I like my heroes with issues and occasional lapses into depression. ;) Given the series often wraps up stories in an episode, I didn’t really expect to see Richard deal with the ramifications of his murderous rampage for any length of time. But I was disappointed when just two episodes later the rage that lead to his actions was attributed to not what he’s been through since the beginning of the series, but anger fueled by his wizardness. (Which came out of nowhere in the show, though understand it’s a mainstay of the book series).

I'm unsure if it was a scheduling issue or the producers wised up, but Emily Foxler is much better in the role of Sister Nicci than Jolene Blalock. I couldn’t even imagine Jolene in the scenes where Nicci confesses to Richard what made her abandon her faith and choose to serve the Keeper.

I’ve also noticed the show seems to be critical of organized religion, not faith or spirituality, but blindly following individuals who are convinced they are speaking on behalf of a higher power (or believe they are the higher power). One of my favorite moments in ‘Perdition’ is when Sister Verna questions the Prelate, who has come to believe that her interpretation of the Creator’s prophecies are THE true interpretation, even if it means destroying lives and taking away people's free will.

The effectiveness of the Breath of Life seems to depend on the story of the week. In one episode, a soldier, dead less then a few minutes, is declared "cold" by Cara and beyond saving. Yet, in other episodes, characters seemingly dead for hours can be revived.

What are the chances that Zedd held onto the Rataharan (Sp?) Renn was wearing? If it can keep a person's power in check, it seems to me that Kahlan could wear it on occasion and she and Richard could finally get naked without being confessed/possessed/split in two.

I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with Craig Parker until ‘Walter’. I didn’t fault him as an actor, it’s hard to shine when Darken Rahl is largely a cookie cutter villain. So when he got to play Walter and we saw a very different side of him, I had a new appreciation for him. It’s the same as with 'Mirror’, in which Craig H and Bridget not only looked to be having a ball, but we got to see them be funny. Craig, in particular, excelled at the pratfalls.


Season 2 of 'Legend of the Seeker' is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. It's not due to be released until September 28th, but driving up the sales rank might help.

I'm aiming to get some thoughts on Season 2 of The Wire posted this week. And I'm taking a short break before embarking on Season 3. That show can be very draining!
Skipping your reaction to "Extinction" until I've seen it, but...

"I may have the body, but I do NOT have the talent." Never. Gets. Old.
Okay, now I have seen it. Cue FLAPPY HANDS!
Richard is way, way too trusting. Also, yes, please, someone cut his hair. There's rakishly long, and then there's in-your-face long.

Cara was so fantastic in this episode. I think she could admit to loving Richard the easiest, because he's shown the most faith in her, but I love her growing friendship with Kahlan too. Honestly, I am hard-pressed to find a show that spends as much time as this one does on female friendship.

And it was so wonderful to see Renn again! (YAY CONTINUITY!)

nd can someone explain to me how The Sisters of the Light are any better than The Sisters of the Dark?

As far as I'm concerned, they can both Die In A Fire. They're either actively malignant or useless.

I am so excited to see where the Darken Rahl plot is going, not because I want him to succeed (obviously!) but because Craig Parker is magic.
Re: Okay, now I have seen it. Cue FLAPPY HANDS!
There's rakishly long, and then there's in-your-face long.

Yes! I was a big fan of the longer hair earlier in the season. Not only can Craig pull it off, but his Season 1 do was looking a little mulletish at times. But now it's a distraction. I keep thinking, "How can he fight evil with his hair obstructing his view?!" And he's rivaling Kahlan with the slo-mo hair swooshing.

I agree, I can see why it would be easier for Cara to admit her feelings about Richard. He's Lord Rahl. He's The Seeker (and everyone loves The Seeker! :). And he's shown a hell of a lot of faith in her (as opposed to her as a Mord Sith) then reason should allow for. But she's also grown very fond of Kahlan, who did forgive her for murdering her sister (though her being back probably softened the blow).

I'd also agree that the show is rare in it's development of a female friendship, especially when the hero/lead is male. But I'd go a step farther and say the show is rare in developing friendships of any sort. Most shows begin with established friendships or dive into the UST and will they/won't they/when will they?

Other than Verna, I can't think of a Sister who hasn't pissed me off.

I was rather hoping that Darken Rahl would hang with the Merry Band for a at least a bit longer, but I'm sure they will all meet up again in the finale.
I love this show. I have watched it from the beginning - every episode. I have also read the books that the show is based on and I like them too.
I was late to the party. Forgive me! ;) From the bits and pieces I've seen over the years, I never thought it was a horrible show, but I've been very pleasantly surprised that it's much better than I expected it to be. The actors really are a huge asset because some of the dialogue can be cringe-worthy. Plus, Richard, Kahlan and Cara are very pretty. :)
"Extinction" was pretty damn awesome. Particularly Cara's snarktastic summary of the R/K Angsty Goodbye.

(Side Note: I’m not sure if Season 1 Richard would have thought to punch Darken in the stomach. I applaud the character growth. :)

HA I had the same thought. HEE!

Only 3 more new episodes OH NOES! *CRIES*
The goodbye scene was AWESOME. And I appreciated they both laughed because they know it's so true!

I really thought Richard was going to do nothing after Darken threatened him with possible memory loss. If any one of them could be suckered in by that lame threat, it would be Richard. But he surprised me! Actually, he should have aimed lower, but then they would probably have been slowed down by Darken's temporary inability to walk. ;)

I got spoiled for a plot point next week. I've now run the full course with this fandom!
I'll have to come back and talk about Seeker when I've had a chance to catch up. Thanks to my Sky+ box packing up and being replaced, I lost track of where I was with the show, but I should be able to start from the beginning of S2 again soon.

The Wire can be an emotionally draining show, particularly if you're watching the episodes in quick succession. I like the part S2 plays in the overall shape of the show, but it is the season that feels the most disconnected from the main plot, I think. I hope you enjoy S3 :) Oh, and the actor who played Stringer Bell is appearing tonight as the lead in a show called Luther, a police drama on BBC1. I'm recording it, although I'm not sure when I'll get to see it. It might be worth you keeping an eye out for?
I'm actually ahead of you on Seeker now? HA HA HA HA HA!!! Where did you leave off? Was Richard shirtless? That's probably not much help.

If I was watching The Wire at the pace it was intended to be watched, yes, it would definitely be far less draining. I could never imagine people sitting down to watch BSG in a weekend and now I'm doing the same thing!

Season 2 definitely was a shift from Season 1. I think there were definite reasons for doing what they did. I appreciated them showing it's not just the black gangs responsible for the drug trade. It was also interesting to see how good people could get sucked into so much bad business out of desperation. And, in the last episode, it all came full circle and setting up what will be (presumably) the course for Season 3.