Legend of the Seeker

Season 1 Episode 2

Destiny (2)

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2008 on ABC
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Destiny (2)
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Richard pursues Fane in the hope of recovering the Book of Counted Shadows. Chase continues to aid Richard as well as his new found friends Kahlan and Zedd. Darken Rahl sends an army to the boundary to try to weaken it so the wall can be taken down.moreless

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  • Destiny (2)

    10
    Destiny (2) was a perfect second half of the series Legend of The Seeker. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of action, intrigue, character and plot development engaging viewers, as well as awesome background scenery. It was interesting to see how Richard accepted his new heroic role. I like Kahlans powers and hope to see more of them. Darken Rahl is a powerful and interesting adversary who has a lot of mystery surrounding him. I enjoy the elements of magic in the episode as well. I look forward to watching the next episode of Legend of The Seeker!!!!!!!moreless
  • Richard and the Sword do some work... Kahlan is impressed.

    9.0
    This second half of the series premier is a notch better than the first, mostly thanks to the absolutely stunning cinematography of the climactic scene.



    The first half was largely full of dark exposition and magic with some one-on-one sword fighting thrown into the mix. This half is a simple chase plotline that finishes in a dramatic flurry of fire, steel and a hug. Ransynn Fain has been well-played, and his icy stare and menacing voice might actually be missed. But the writers did well here to make this two part premier a storyline unto its own that ends with the burning of the center set piece, the book, and the death of the show's first big bad guy. There is some clunky dialogue here, but there is also enough quality to usually save the scene, for instance when Richard ends the scene outside of Chase's house by telling Kahlan he will try to not disappoint anyone. Though not in the book, that is a line very true to Richard's character and very well encapsulates him. Some of the dialogue could have just been cut out, frankly, and it all probably would have worked a little better. For instance, the final scene where Kahlan and Zedd talk about what it will take to find Darken Rahl, and Richard says he will be ready. True, that prepared us for the rest of the series to follow, but much of it is overtelling and could have been left out. Craig has already settled nicely into the role of Richard and does very well here. The obvious interest in Kahlan is already established, and by the end of the episode, we begin to see admiration and maybe something a little more than that already growing in Kahlan's eyes. This is actually slower than their relationship is built in the book, where they take pretty much an instant liking for one another.



    The highlight of the entire premier, and in fact, the early part of the season, is the final battle with Ransynn Fain and then the D'Harans at the Boundary. The visuals are movie worthy with Richard and Kahlan fighting for their lives against a tide of foes while ringed on one side with a burning forest and the other with a shimmering Boundary. There might have been an overuse of slow motion here, but the fight is well-choreographed and a stunning spectacle to watch. We can easily forgive the writers for Richard's sudden transformation from "untrained woodsman" as Kahlan described to warrior-Seeker capable of cutting down a score of men in the span of one episode. Ultimately, it works, and it makes for a very dramatic ending with Richard standing over Kahlan and then helping her up before they embrace. I know LoTS is about to settle into a more tv-like affair, but with a series like this, it was important to impress from the beginning. This premier does that.moreless
  • A solid start to a daunting series gives lots of hope for the future.

    9.0
    As a devoted fan of the Sword of Truth novels, I had a few misgivings about this series. The books are excellent on their own and although they clearly had great potential in the visual medium, network television just has a way of messing up great things.



    Thankfully, although this was very clearly dumbed down for the American audience it has to cater to, it was still recognizable as the series I know and love.



    The casting was quite well done, particularly the choices of Richard and Kahlan, the latter being just as graceful and beautiful as I would expect. The action was very impressive and well choreographed. I can easily forgive some of the plot changes - there was simply no way to achieve the complexity of the books and still make for good television.



    This premiere impressed me more than I thought possible, and I am looking forward to lots more to come! Welcome, Seeker!moreless
David de Lautour

David de Lautour

Michael Cypher

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Jay Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia

Chase Brandstone

Guest Star

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

George Cypher

Guest Star

Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Darken Rahl

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Zedd never warns Richard about caring for Kahlan in the book. Instead, he warns Kahlan to never use her power on Richard. Also, in the book, Richard is the one that figures out that Chase would know a way through the boundary.

      Here Richard is specifically told that he will use the Sword of Truth to kill Darken Rahl. In the book, Zedd directly tells him that he can NOT use the Sword to kill Darken Rahl. The scene where Kahlan acquires her traveling clothes is very true to the book, where she got her clothes and a knife from Chase's house. During the final fight scene, we see men on horses advance with the D'Harans towards the opening in the Boundary. However, no cavalrymen make it through to the other side. This would be consistent with the first two episodes though, as we never see anyone ride a horse through the Boundary. Both times Ransynn Fain approached the Boundary, he got off his horse and went by foot.

    • During the big battle at the end of the episode, Kahlan's outfit changes from the one she was wearing when the battle started that Chase's daughter makes her to her white robes.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Richard: (about Darken Rahl's army) And I'm supposed to fight them, alone?
      Zedd: What do we look like boy, grilled sardines?

    • Zedd: Lesson Number One, Seeker: Sometimes to gain ground you need to slow down.
      Richard: That doesn't make sense.
      Kahlan: Never expect sense from a wizard.
      Zedd: Especially a hungry one. I'm not good on an empty stomach.

    • Kahlan: (after Richard has destroyed the Book of Counted Shadows) But what about all the secrets the book was said to contain? How will he defeat Rahl without knowing them?
      Zedd: Well, it appears the Seeker's quest isn't going to come with an instruction manual.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: August 13, 2009 on Sci Fi/Sci Fi HD
      Germany: October 11, 2009 on ProSieben
      Sweden: February 5, 2010 on TV6
      Slovakia: June 27, 2010 on JOJ

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