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Drama

Shannara Chronicles (Series 1)

Country

USA

Director

Various

Writer

Terry Brooks adapted by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Transmitted

2016

Cast

Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero

Details

10 episodes

Themes

Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure, Romance

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Three young adults in a fantasy world find themselves on a quest to stop a dark power returning to kill everyone. They have a varied series of cliffhanger adventures while working out their triangular relationships. That about is the plot.

This isn't as epic as "Lord of The Rings". It's just simple digestible fantasy fun which motors along at a good pace. Not ponderous or pretentious. The fantasy world may not be as deeply fleshed out as Tolkein's, but neither is the fantasy world in Jackson's LOTR films which major on spectacle.

This isn't as massive as "Game of Thrones". The number of characters to follow are far less. The tone is far different to the nihilist amorality of "Game of Thrones", where nastiness and anti-heroes are the draw. "Shannara Chronicles" is definitely heroic fantasy, where good with sacrifice will conquer evil, where characters can be redeemed or can be corrupted.

This isn't quite the Shannara Chronicles as written by Terry Brooks. What we have is a collision between heroic fantasy and YA romance - for me a fun mixture but this is a personal view. It isn't the same tone as the books. Any more than Jackson captured Tolkein's tone.