Legend of the Seeker ends its short run with the second season and it is no wonder it is coming to an end without much in the way of an overall adversary for our hero’s to fight.
Film making 20/25
Bonus Features 13/25
Season one of the Legend of the Seeker found Richard Chypher fulfilling the prophecy of a hero fighting the evil that plagues D’Hara in Darken Rahl. In season one the wizard Zeddicus played by Bruce Spence found the Seeker in his grandson Richard, got him the legendary sword and paired him with Confessor Kahlan Amnell played by Bridget Regan.
Darken Rahl is the bad guy who kills and steals for a living and was enslaving or killing the entire country of D’Hara as well as unleashing evil upon the lands. Kahlan, Richard and Zeddicus spent season one defeating the various minor minions of Darken and eventually killed him.
This id not leave much in the way of story line for season 2 but the writers took a new tack in using the now dead Darken Rahl as the secondary adversary. The seeker and party now have to deal with the Keeper of the underworld who uses Darken Rahl as his fetch it boy.
Darken appears throughout the season but only in spots almost like cameos and orders newly dead around from his position in the Underworld. The Underworld is, I guess, Hell and the show uses the Keeper as the main adversary but we never really see this entity.
Season 2 uses the dead and now a minion of the Keeper when people wind up in the Underworld and are offered a chance to return to the land of the living. The problem with this is they cannot return as living but as partial living who must every day kill other people in order to not decay like a rotting corpse.
This is one of the plot schemes throughout the season along with the Sisters of the Dark as the main villains that the good guys need to battle. The show is not exactly straight forward with a villain but you get the idea they were trying to play catch up with who we should hate in the storyline.
Other than the obvious problem of no big bad guy to have you root against the show on occasion takes liberty with who to root for as well. During the show they take away the status of Seeker from Richard once and give you an occasional bad guy turned good guy then later killed for emotional impact.
The Legend of the Seeker was a bit of a different show and the second season went downhill fast with its numerous problems of no real decent villain and changing story. One thing that kept recurring and I did not really enjoy after about five episodes was the continuation of the over the top sword fights that inevitably broke out in every episode.
The show highlights the fighting but the inevitable fights that occur just start to blend together and make no difference to the plot other than it is supposed to happen. The story is bad enough but to be repeatedly subjected to the fights in slow motion every episode when these fights don’t seem to be making much of a difference to the show.
Legend of the Seeker in season 2 is not all that bad and they did try to keep things interesting with the introduction of new recurring characters and a decent story. The show lost its momentum and with the defeat of the main villain in season one they needed to bring a bigger, badder villain in for the next season to keep our heroes on their toes.
Instead they bring the same guy back, but dead and only able to influence other dead people and the actual villain behind this guy we never do actually see. Season two of the Legend of the Seeker brings the show to a close and without much in the way of a bang on its way out.
All is not lost though, the show does have the same style and fight as the first season even if it does move the players around a little. The lack of a main villain in the forefront of our heroes path does not mean there is not adventure and the ensuing drama.
The second season has 22 episodes and you are sure to find enough action and adventure in the final season if you did enjoy the first. Video for the final season of The Legend of the Seeker is pretty good, about as good as you can expect from a series shot in standard definition.
Audio is also well done in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with decent but not great surround and really good clear voice. While the audio is above average overall surround at times is not quite as good as it could be but it does work well enough.
Like the first season the second scores above average for both audio and video and with a few good bonus features the DVD edition is a worthwhile purchase for fans. Bonus content includes a making of feature, extended scenes and a feature about the new fulltime character of Cara played by Tabrett Bethell.
The Legend of the Seeker The Complete 2nd and Final Season is well worth the trip but in my opinion not quite as good as the first season. Legend of the Seeker takes a favorite genre, fantasy and instead of going with special effects and CGI monsters uses good acting and decent plot as a mainstay of the show.
The 2nd and Final Season of the show does not quite live up to the first season but it still is a good show, check out the final season of The Legend of the Seeker on DVD.