What I Think Of MTV’s Fantasy Series ‘The Shannara Chronicles’
I’ve been asked about my opinion on MTV’s new hit series ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ which is basically that networks answer to ‘Game of Thrones’. Look, I can make this thing real short and sweet for you guys. I think the show is…pretty good. Yeah, that’s how I feel about it. Is it ‘GOT’? Fuck No! It’s actually not even close but what it does is very smart. Of course the show knows it isn’t ‘Game Of Thrones’ and it isn’t even trying to be…but at the same time it is. Let me explain, the show DOES want to be the go to fantasy drama for tweens and teens and it has all the potential to do so. The show plays out like Hunger Games meets ‘GOT’ and that’s it’s strength. One of the things we love most about ‘GOT’ is it’s epic feel and it’s blockbuster like production value. ‘Shannara’ unlike other wanna be ‘GOT’ series is that it has a hefty budget and it shows. The show does have a slightly epic feel, the world doesn’t seem as vast as it should but there’s still time for that. One thing I do admire is that the show gives you action every episode. The structure of the show works perfectly with the audience it’s engaging. So my final thoughts are this: I think this show is a glossy, pretty, expensive (in a good way), fast-paced, action packed, teen fantasy soap opera (gasp). I can honestly say it’s the second best fantasy show on television next to ‘Game Of Thrones’, sorry ‘Outlander’, but to be fair that’s not a hard feat to pull off. If you don’t know the plot of Shannara here you go:
Shannara takes place in a world set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it. The 10-episode adaptation follows the Shannara family, who are able to tap into ancient magic and whose adventures help reshape the world’s future. Season one is based on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second title in Brooks’ series.