Legend of the Seeker

 
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Fantasy series follows well-established model.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with many fantasy TV shows and movies, the main message here is that good will usually triumph over evil in the end, even if it takes a lot of time and pain for that to happen.

Positive role models

There's a very clear line between "good guys" and "bad guys." The good guys embrace temwork and fight for truth and justice, while the bad guys are willing to do whatever's necessary in their quest to rule the world --  including killing women and children, lying, attacking innocent/unarmed people, and even destroying entire villages.

Violence

Plenty of combat. People use swords, daggers, arrows, clubs, battle axes, and more, and most of the battles are fought to the death. The fight scenes can be exciting, with well-choreographed martial arts sequences, and though there's little gore, the show often features shots that make it clear when a swordsman has struck a mortal blow.

Sex

No sex or nudity, though there's a fair amount of sexual tension between Richard and Kahlan. Some female characters wear revealing outfits.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some meals involve wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this swords 'n' sorcery series follows the adventures of a young man (the titular Seeker) who discovers he's destined to become a hero. The bad guys are truly nasty, while the Seeker and his allies are obviously fighting for truth and justice. There's magic and monsters, wizards and fairies, and plenty of battles. The combat scenes are exciting and somewhat graphic, but there's little blood or gore despite the high casualty count. There's some sexual tension between the central characters, but not much in the way of action.

What's the story?

When Richard Cypher (Craig Horner) steps in to aid a mysterious woman who's fleeing from a gang of heavily armed soldiers, he has no idea the encounter will transform his life -- and potentially change the fate of an entire kingdom. The woman is Kahlan (Bridget Regan), who has ventured across a magical barrier in search of the Seeker, the man destined to overthrow the evil king Darken Rahl (Craig Parker). Both Kahlan and Richard are stunned when mysterious wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander (Bruce Spence) reveals that Richard is the Seeker and that he must leave behind his simple life to accept his fate as a legendary hero.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER is the brainchild of Rob Tapert, who created a basic blueprint for swords 'n' sorcery TV shows with his two prior entries in the genre, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Legend of the Seeker follows the same model, as Richard, Kahlan, and Zeddicus gather allies in their campaign to defeat Darken Rahl. There's plenty of action and excitement, a good bit of magic, and the occasional monster -- as well as a strong hint of mysticism as Richard gradually learns more about the prophecy that foretold his birth.

Based on Terry Goodkind's popular Sword of Truth novels, the series will satisfy fans of the fantasy genre. The fight scenes are exciting, the overarching story gives the characters enough background to be interesting, and the New Zealand locations are stunning. But it may not have broader appeal. The effects are merely adequate, the script sometimes has huge logic gaps, and the acting is spotty: Spence is a hoot as Zedd, but Parker's villainous Darken Rahl is an overacting cliché and Horner (who comes off like an excitable Mark Wahlberg) may have been selected more because he's easy on the eyes than for his acting chops. Legend of the Seeker doesn't break new ground, but it might be enough to satisfy people looking for a good swordfight and an evil overlord.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about destiny -- and how Richard rises to the one that the prophecy foretells for him. Do you think people's fates are predetermined?

  • Can people alter fate or escape their destiny? Why do such prophecies play such an important role in so many fantasy/sci-fi films and TV shows?

  • Why does this particular genre tend to inspire such love-it-or-hate-it reactions? What's the appeal of fantasy? Why might it turn some people off?

TV details

Cast:Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence, Craig Horner
Network:Syndicated
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byvdb April 8, 2010
 

I would agree with the 12+ age guidelines

I like the good/evil story, and my kids really enjoyed season 1. However it is important to note that there is more sexual references and inferences in season 2. Also a lesbian kiss in the first episode of Season 2.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old November 24, 2009
 

cheesy but worth the watch

this show is amazingly cheesy i love it!! the acting is terrible the special effects are horrendous but some how i like it and can't wait to press the NEXT EPISODE button on my netflix instant dvd control panel this one's a keeper
Adult Written byWilliam_ July 31, 2012
 

A great fantasy series for both kids and grown ups.

Legend of the Seeker is a lot of fun. It has some really well written episodes and the actors can give really powerful performances. In season 1 the line between good and evil is quite clear, though the heroes have to face a few tough decisions. With the introduction of Cara in the first season's finale the show matures a bit, forcing the characters to grow as well. Richard, the main hero is a positive role model, he always tries to do the right thing. But like I said above, there are times when he has to face reality and try to chose the lesser evil. Cara starts out serving the evil tyrant but the second season is about her redemption, about her wanting to change. There are also times when some situations or characters are forcing you to look at things from different perspectives, to understand why some people act the way they do. Like Kahlan's father for example. Sadly, because of the syndicated nature of the show they can't go into all of these things very deeply, but they make a good effort anyway. Cara is also presented as a bisexual, and it's treated as a non-issue. That's just who she is. Her relationship with one of the Mord-Sith is portrayed beautifully in episode 20 of the second season. There is a lot of violence but most of the time it's not graphic, and even the more brutal battles are usually done with using very little blood. There is some torture and every now and then a bloody fight scene too though. I don't think that the sexual content should be a problem, there are no nude scenes (only some implied), nothing you can't find in most tv shows. There are two episodes with actresses kissing each other, and I feel really sorry for you if that doesn't fit into your "family values." The first scene is not shot in a sexual way anyway, it's more about power, showing who's in charge. The second episode has the characters sharing a long history and they are treated with respect. There is some drinking but nothing serious. To sum it up: a very entertaining fantasy show, with some topics that might spark a discussion. Don't treat your kids like idiots, like they are needed to be shielded away from everything. They probably came across many of the things they can see here in one way or another already. Talk to them, explain the things they might not understand right away. Sure, Legend of the Seeker brings up some touchy subjects, like revenge, sacrifice, bisexuality, torture or suicide for example, but at the same time it sends positive messages too. I think it has a good balance. And if you're scared of those words and want to protect your kids from this content, you'll probably do more harm than good. ---------- As a side note, the show is based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, which has a lot more problematic content. Not talking about what I think about the writing itself, I'd only recommend the books to teenagers who are mature enough to deal with a much darker world than the one in the show, and more brutality and immoral things, or to adults. The torture scenes are much more graphic for example, and there is a lot of rape too. And imho the characters are less likeable thanks to some of their decisions and actions.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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