The Shannara Chronicles

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  1. Jan 7, 2016 #1 of 39
    Fl_Gulfer

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    Anyone else watching this? I like the Fantasy stuff. So I guess I'll see where it goes.
     
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    rharmelink

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    I'm watching it, and enjoying it for the most part. Unfortunately, I'm not really feeling any connection to any of the main characters.
     
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    justen_m

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    Is this available online? My cable co doesn't get mtv. Online for free, without illegal streaming? Enjoyed the books.
     
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    dylanemcgregor

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    These were the first fantasy books I read as a kid. Does anyone know which book they are starting with? I'm not too optimistic about this being on MTV, but am curious nonetheless.
     
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    john4200

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    Elfstones of Shannara, which is the most original of the series, I think. Not that that is saying much, since Sword of Shannara was so similar to LotR.

    I also am skeptical about MTV doing it. Especially since the first two episodes make many of the characters act and dress like modern teenagers.
     
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    rharmelink

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    Even had bathing scenes for both of the main characters...

    Is Wil such a dolt in the books?
     
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    tvmaster2

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    why have Elves taken over future Seattle - was there an invasion? Breeding catastrophe? Some nuclear, genetic mutation event?
     
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    rharmelink

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    From the Wiki for the Swords of Shannara:

    Watch the opening credits of the show and you'll see the nuclear explosions, and then they show the family tree of humans mutating into the Dwarves, Gnomes, and Trolls...
     
  10. bicker

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    The initial responses I saw to the series were so incredibly negative that when my spouse and I finally watched the premiere we were pleasantly surprised. It is nowhere near as bad as some folks led us to believe. It's not great. It'll end up just being filler when there is nothing else to watch. But it isn't horrible.
     
  11. john4200

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    The book is above average at best. But the show writers have turned it into little more than a fantasy soap opera. The dialogue is more like a soap opera than a fantasy story, and it is filled with cliches (how many times did they say something like "you have to believe me!" or "trust me"). And I lost count of the number of cliched knife at the throat turnabouts there were in the first two episodes, but of course no throats are ever actually cut. As rharmelink mentioned, Wil comes off seeming like a doofus most of the time (and his accent bounces around but often sounds like a Southern drawl).

    The only thing I can say in its favor is that the special effects seem okay.

    But since there is not a lot of fantasy on TV outside of GoT, I'll probably watch a few more episodes, hoping it will improve. Although I know it is unlikely to do so.
     
  12. tvmaster2

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    brilliant, thanks
     
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    Anyone else feel the aspect ratio is off? Some of these shots are weirdly cropped and some shots like the jump scene in the very beginning looks like it was supposed to be a wider shot. It just keeps reminding me of SD cropping or pan and scan.
     
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    I think there is loads of CGI and perhaps lower quality CGI than (for example) we see on GoT.
     
  15. Dnamertz

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    I read many of the Shannara books as a kid and loved them. I was also skeptical when I saw this was on MTV but it looks good so far (despite some of the teen drama).

    It was so long ago when I read the books. Does anyone recall if the books took place on future earth, or was that added for purposes of TV?
     
  16. wprager

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    My daughter is a huge LotR fan. They have pointy ears. Their King is "Gimli". Guess we're watching it.
     
  17. vertigo235

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    Per the Wiki quote above it certainly sounds like it.
     
  18. Flop

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    I believe I read somewhere that later books made it clear the books took place in a future earth, and more specifically the Pacific Northwest-ish region, but I stopped reading the series long before those.
     
  19. Dnamertz

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    So did I, because I don't remember that at all.
     
  20. bonscott87

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    In the earlier books it was a mystery but kinda implied that it might be a future Earth, but very vague. It wasn't until Brooks wrote the non-Shannara books Word & Void (late 90s) which take place in *our* time and then the Genisis trilogy in the 2000's tied those back into the Shannara books that it's confirmed that this is indeed our Earth after nuclear war destroyed it.

    FYI there are currently 27 books in the series, soon to be 28 followed by a final trilogy.
     
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