[This is a review of The Shannara Chronicles season 1, episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]
It’s no easy task being “the chosen one” in any given universe, especially when the fate of the entire world rests on your shoulders. With so much pressure mounting, it’s amazing how well Wil and Amberle have kept it together over the first three episodes of MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles.
Sure, Wil had a moment of weakness towards the end of the episode, but he came around in the end, no thanks to our newly discovered prophet Bandon (Marcus Vanco). Like Amberle, Bandon has a similar ability to see future possibilities. Our small group of heroes is expanding.
To be fair, it’s still unclear as to where Bandon’s loyalties lie (unless you’ve read the books). His parents tied him up all Hannibal Lecter-style for a reason. It’s safe to say that he did more than just see the future to get locked away so harshly. Bandon appears to be more tortured than Amberle, so perhaps he’s had to live with his abilities for much longer? Either way, if it wasn’t for Bandon’s interference, Wil would be long gone.
In its third outing, The Shannara Chronicles continues to be an entertaining hour of television with its gorgeous visuals, engaging story, and colorful characters. Even with all of those accolades, the series has some issues that are difficult to overlook. One of these plot points is the obvious love triangle building between Amberle, Eritrea, and Wil. In the beginning of ‘Fury,’ Amberle learns that the rest of “The Chosen” have all been killed. One of those members was her boyfriend Lorin (Matthias Inwood). Now, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to surmise that she had strong feelings towards the young man and would most likely be distraught by the news of his horrific death. Well, apparently not, since we see her eyeing Wil up and down after he takes his clothes off to retrieve some magic mud. The Elven mourning period must be shorter than ours.
Alright, enough with the talk of budding young love and on to more important matters, like how badass it was to watch Wil literally smoke that Fury with the use of his father’s Elven stones. Our young hero still has much to learn, but he sure has what it takes to get the job done. Hopefully with Allanon’s guidance, Wil will be able to channel that magic without passing out. The elder druid warned Wil about the price of magic and the tole it can take. To keep the darkness at bay, Wil’s father used the stones and it drove him to drink and put him in an early grave. Let’s hope that fate doesn’t await Wil.
Amberle has a journey of her own, which we’ll learn more about next week. Apparently the magic tree has a door and now our lovely heroine needs to find a seed in order to begin her quest. Of all the young actors, Poppy Drayton’s portrayal of Amberle has been the best of the bunch. Ms. Drayton is definitely a rising star you’ll want to look out for.
Ivana Baquero’s (Pan’s Labyrinth) Eretria feels like a one note character who still needs time to develop. After the actresses’ portrayal of young Ofelia in Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-winning film back in 2006, we know the beautiful Spaniard can act, but she needs better dialogue. The series is still in its infancy, so there is plenty of time for her to grow. What do you think of the story so far?
The Shannara Chronicles will continue with ‘Changeling’ next Tuesday @10pm on MTV. Check out a behind the scenes look below: