I think the storytelling of the world’s history could have been better. I get that they probably want to hint at a history now to use for future plots, but it did come across as a bit confusing and as if the characters knew so much more than the audience.
I liked that there are three main storylines with Wil, Amberle, and Eretria. Amberle and Eretria are fantastic characters already. They are dynamic and strong. I am excited to see where the show takes these two characters. Austin Butler is probably one of my main complaints with this show. He just isn’t a very good actor. Everything is so dramatic with him and really over done. I hope that they make him less of a useless tool in future episodes so that I like him more. But the girls are A+. I also liked some of the supporting characters such as Allanon, who my brother informed me was in Spartacus. I liked Amberle’s uncle Ander. I think I need some more time to see the rest of the supporting cast though.
I wish that this wasn’t on MTV because as a Game of Thrones fan I am missing the violence and mature content. There is violence, but they never showed it head on and instead opted for shots that showed blood but never full on. I guess this is good for younger viewers who are a bit too put off by Game of Thrones or if you aren’t a fan of in your face violence that goes places, obviously there is sword fighting and death but not as close your eyes look away worthy as GoT.
I am really impressed with the look of the demons. They kind of look like the orcs from Lord of the Rings mixed with scary vampires. I kind of expected them to be really cheesy but they are pretty scary. The changeling thing wasn’t as good, but the main one is gross and I appreciate that. Just look at his gnarly face!
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with The Shannara Chronicles. You can tell I’ve been watching too much Netflix because I was dying for episode 3 and wishing I could just binge watch it. If you love fantasy books definitely give this show a shot. I am excited to see where it goes.