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Legend of the Seeker: A Bunch of Hot People Having Exciting Adventures That Involve Magic

Legend of the Seeker the TV show is based on a terrible series of books by Terry Goodkind. I mean, I picked up the series thinking "All right, this probably isn't going to be very good," and it was WORSE THAN MY LOW EXPECTATIONS.

However. A tv series was made and aired a few years ago on ABC and I watched the first few episodes and went OMG THIS IS THE BEST BUT ALSO THE WORST BUT ALSO THE BEST.

Basically, Legend of the Seeker is the prettiest. The writing's cliché, the acting's so-so, and its special effects are those of fair to middling sci-fi/fantasy, BUT. The Pretty cannot be ignored.

And the clichés are kind of comforting. Like in the pilot, one of the characters not only says "Who are you to decide a man's destiny?", but also "Prophecy be damned!" So you can predict most of what people are going to say (ex: when the hero tries to interfere and save the girl in the pilot, the villain says something along the lines of "Get out of my way, boy!"), which essentially means you don't have to focus on things like "the script", but can just sort of stare at the very attractive actors they cast and the place in which they filmed (New Zealand).

The central character is this young guy who didn't know he was totally special and awesome, but one day gets told he IS, and he has to save the world, and it's basically Harry Potter, Darkness Is Rising and Everything Else Ever.

But I really, really don't care. Because I just look at the two leads, giggle kind of stupidly and say "YOU'RE SO PRETTY." (by the way, the pilot really does kind of suck, but the show swiftly improves, so POWER THROUGH and get to prettiness and Hitherto Unknown Levels of Unresolved Sexual Tension)

So the pilot opens, and you see galloping horses. Not surprising for a medieval-type show. Then there are pretty dresses. *ears perk up* Then there's long hair, bows and arrows and the heroine it turns out is like 5'10. Oh hi BEST SHOW EVER.

Then THIS happens:

"Heyyyyy Craig Horner"

That is the SECOND SCENE. I applaud the people at ABC for not trying to make "art" or "say something", but instead giving us a horse chase involving kickass women, followed by a hot guy chopping wood. I am so on board with this show that I have named myself the skipper.

So Richard (Hot Guy) is super-special, and his protector is Hot Girl (Kahlan -- "Kay-len") who's the lady in white above, and because they're both MEGA-HOT but they can't be together because of MAGIC, there's awesome tension ALL THE TIME, and also there's this old wizard guy who travels with him and continually prevents them from having sexytimes even though they both REALLY want to because they're both soooo attractive. Oh, and one of the main reasons the old wizard guy's preventing them is because Kahlan will steal Richard's soul if they do it.

"How YOU doin'?"

It's only two seasons. It was filmed in New Zealand, so in addition to its pretty, pretty people it has gorgeous background shots. Oh yeah, and this kind of thing happens all the time, because ABC just doesn't even try to mask what this show's about:

Ah, the first of many shots of Kahlan Cleavage

Oh yeah, also DARKEN RAHL. Who is the villain and also dresses like a modern magician a lot of the time. Lots of vests with no shirt under them. Also there's the Mord Sith, who're basically villainous BDSM ladies. And I have not even SCRATCHED. THE SURFACE. So much greatness. Watch this. Then we'll all chat about how amazing Kahlan's hair is. Yes. Excellent.


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