Legend of the Seeker

Season 1 Episode 1

Prophecy (1)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Kahlan, Richard Cypher learns of an ancient prophecy that has named him the first true Seeker in over a millennium. Now Richard, Kahlan, the Wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander ("Zedd" for short) and the magical Sword of Truth must stand together against the ruthless tyrant Darken Rahl.moreless

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  • Prophecy (1)

    Prophecy (1) was a perfect start to this awesome series. I really enjoyed watching this episode as there was a lot of action, drama, intrigue, and a touch of magic. This series introduced the characters in a fantastic way. I enjoyed the background imagery, the characters, and the story. I'm sure Richard captivates a huge audience as does Kahlan. There was definitely chemistry between these two. Zed the Wizard was interesting in a quirky way. Richards brother or adoptive brother was annoying and arrogant let alone pompous. I look forward to watching the next episode of Legend of The Seeker!!!!!!!moreless
  • Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell... so nice to meet you.

    Yes, for some reason, I am typically late to the party, seemingly always reviewing shows after they've already been canceled. Oh well.

    Let me explain from the outset that I have read The Sword of Truth series and am a semi-excited fan of the books. This, of course, inevitably shapes my opinion of the series. As such, I was excited and surprised to find someone had the guts to try to put this on TV, a fantasy anthology basically remarkable for two things: the depravity of its violence and its two lead characters. I was not surprised, certainly, when it was canceled. This is not a cheap show to make and required quite the commitment from producers to maintain.

    Legend of the Seeker starts out in somewhat spectacular fashion. The first thing we see is the high production value of the show. The direction, cinematography, sets and costumes are all high end, authentic, and beautiful. There is no element of camp like in Xena or Hercules. The show was shot in HD and begins with panoramic sweeps through mountainsides and woods, instantly establishing the epic feel reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings. The second thing made obvious to us is that this is NOT an adaptation of the books. It is based off the books, and somewhat loosely at that. The very first scene, with Kahlan and Denee being chased out of the Midlands, does not exist within the books, nor is George Cypher still alive. So, we quickly understand that the series is going to take the characters and setting from the books and create a mostly new story with the underlying plot of Seeker, Confessor and Wizard on a quest to kill Darken Rahl still intact as a guide. Of course, as a fan of the books, this immediately presents a decision: either be disappointed or go with the flow and see how it all works. As a semi-excited fan, like I said, meaning they are good books but they aren't competing with LOTR or The Wheel Of Time for the top shelf of my bookcase any time soon, I am fine with accepting the differences and retaining interest in the show. For me, as noted before, the two main characters, Richard and Kahlan, are what carry the books, and therefore, if they are properly casted and somewhat true to character, then I'm going to remain interested.

    Craig Horner does not have the stature nor the gravity to quite pull off the imposing figure of Richard Cypher, or at least, what he would become. He is a slightly different kind of hero here, but he does instantly exude the gentle nature of Richard, the selflessness, the likability and charisma, and perhaps most importantly, the chemistry with Kahlan. Bridget Regan as Kahlan is simply genius. She is the star here and will remain so throughout the series. The beauty of Kahlan Amnell is legendary throughout the books, and yet, Bridget's Kahlan might be even more gorgeous than I envisioned her. She is also a gifted actress and is immediately solid in her role, whereas Craig gets better as the series progresses.

    I understand the writers' decision to use the Book of Counted Shadows as a set piece that these first two episodes revolve around, as well as later in the series, rather than have it only exist in Richard's mind as it does in the book. I also am somewhat relieved that Kahlan tells Richard she is a Confessor here in this first episode, which is quite the change from the books, where her and Richard are well into the Midlands before she tells him. A true adaptation of the books would have required a series built on drama, along the lines of BattleStar Gallactica. We see with this first episode that this series is going to be built on its magic and its action sets, which required a departure from the books. There is more hand-to-hand combat in these first two episodes than there is in the entire Wizards First Rule. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, shot in a manner that is easy to follow, and the special effects are very good. It is a somewhat different story than what we were expecting, but this is a solid start for Richard, Kahlan and Zedd.

    Teach me...moreless
  • Not what I expected, and not in a good way. Then again, maybe I expected too much. Could have been a lot better.

    Not what I expected, and not in a good way. Then again, maybe I expected too much. Could have been a lot better.

    I've been a fan of the books and my interest was peaked when I heard about the series. But realizing that it would be an episodic series rather than a miniseries or even yet a movie, my expectations fell a bit. After seeing it I had to tell myself to give it a chance.

    The "Based on" disclaimer should be more "Loosely inspired by" since the writers play rather loosely with the plot, characters, and events. I don't see how they are going to get around the fact that in the book Richard had memorized the Book of Shadows and then destroyed years before Kahlan shows up. And the world seems a much, much smaller place in this setting.

    It's good to see Bruce Spence. While he was not what I pictured in my head as I read the books, he makes an adequate Zedd. Except I don't really recall him having to recite any incantations like he did when healing Richard.

    In the end, it could have been a lot better. Effects-wise, it's not Battlestar Galactica. Bruce "the gyrocaptain" Spence is fun to watch. I'll continue to watch for the time being. I'll give it a chance.moreless
  • Awful, awful, awful

    What an awful disappointment. Fantastic books, but a horrid show. The show is very loosely based on the book, so loosely that the story has become lame. The acting as well is terrible. As a movie it could have been fantastic.

    None of this suprises me though. When I saw that it was to air on Saturdays, I knew it would be a hackney production in the fashion of Xena and Hercules. The sets are nice, but the effects are cheesy, and acting is pretty laughable. The actors are also lame. Apart from Khalan and Chase, the rest don't seem to fit at all, especially Richard. He is built, but he's a tiny, scrawny man. If this show lasts, I will be amazed. But it won't be watched by me. I was hoping the show wouldn't be THIS bad, but sadly it is. It doesn't do justice to the books at all.moreless
  • For starting it was okay.

    It was nice to see how Kahlan got to Hartland. Kahlan is a little mean in this episode. Dennee and Richards father are supposed to be dead at the very beginning. Although it was nice to see Richard and Kahlan interacting with his father and Dennee. Zedd looks scary and he is funny when he is arguing with Kahlan at the beginning. It was funny that Zedd was talking to the chicken. Chase looks different then I imagined. Zedd and Richard are supposed to be friends. Kahlan was not supposed to know Zedd was the great wizard. I could go on but I won't. Richard looks HOT when he was making the bridge. I like the fight scenes. I loved how they called the seeker and Darken Rahl know it the moment it happened.moreless
David de Lautour

David de Lautour

Michael Cypher

Guest Star

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Kahlan tells Richard she is a Confessor. In the book, "Wizard's First Rule", she refuses to tell Richard this until they are well into the Midlands.

    • In the book "Wizard's First Rule", the Book of Counted Shadows has already been destroyed and now only exists in Richard's mind, as his father forced him to memorize it. Kahlan is already the Mother Confessor at the start of the book, which is symbolized by the fact that she wears a white dress, and Richard's father, George, is already dead. In the book, Richard is attacked by the snake vine prior to meeting Kahlan. In the book, Kahlan Amnell's eyes are famously green. Terry Goodkind constantly references that. The actress playing her in the series, Bridget Regan's eyes are remarkably blue. Also, Kahlan is unarmed in the book until given a knife by Chase. In this episode, Kahlan is dismissive and distrustful of Richard, even after the attack at the cliff. In the book, she is very grateful, even shocked, by Richard's intervention, and is happy to have him escort her to Hartland. This is helped by the fact that Richard only asks her once how they defeated the men at the cliff and then decides to let it go when it is obvious she doesn't want to tell him. The scene at the cliff is actually very true to the book. In the book, all the men of the quad that attacks at the cliff are killed; whereas here, the leader, Rannsyn Fain, somehow survives.

    • Although not stated on the show, in the books Chase's full name is Dell Brandstone.

    • Book Difference: In the books, Richard does not only know Zedd as a crazy old man with whom he never speaks but instead Zedd is a friend and even a kind of mentor to Richard.

      The character Fain does not exist as he does in the show. The Quads are a nameless unit that is killed at the start of the book when Richard finds Kahlan. In the book it is Rahl, not Fain that kills Richard's father. There is no artillery that brings down the barrier in the book. Instead the magic is gradually fading. In addition, the group makes their way through the barrier not do to a breach, but to through a secret path which Adie helps guide them through. Richard's bone necklace is key to this. In the book, the night wisp Shar doesn't die stopping an arrow, but instead is killed by being away from her homeland even though she knows that finding the Seeker will be a suicide mission.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Kahlan: Not me, it is the prophecy.
      Zedd: Prophecy be damned! I averted the prophecy when I brought him here, until you opened a nice little door into the boundary and said, "Right this way to the Seeker, ladies and gentlemen!"

    • Kahlan: (to Zedd) Now take me to the Seeker.
      Zedd: He's here.
      Kahlan: Him? But... But he's...
      Zedd: What? Not good enough? You wanted a Seeker, there he is. If he's not up to your standard, well, that's fine by me. Find yourself another.

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