Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
ABC Studios DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B002GY9F9K
Date: 25 October 2009 List Price $45.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /
Created by Sam Raimi
Based on the "Sword of Truth" book series by Terry Goodkind
Craig Horner... Richard Cypher
Bridget Regan... Kahlan Amnell
Bruce Spence... Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
Craig Parker... Darken Rahl
I was somewhat surprised to learn that "Prophecy" and "Destiny" were aired back to back as a double length pilot only in the United States, but were aired separately everywhere else in first run. However, "Prophecy" and "Destiny" aired separately everywhere in reruns.
Overall the episodes ranged from okay to good to I-need-to-watch-this-again-immediately. "Elixir", "Confession", "Revenant", and "Mirror" were my least favorite episodes, yet they all had their good parts. In addition to "Prophecy" and "Destiny", my favorite episodes were "Denna", "Puppeteer", "Conversion", "Bloodline", "Sanctuary", "Fever", and "Reckoning". Of all the secondary characters in Season 1, the Mord'Sith were my favorites, especially after I learned how Darken Rahl had taken them as very young girls and indoctrinated them to be totally merciless (for the most part anyway).
Without a doubt, my favorite bonus features were the Commentaries for "Prophecy", "Destiny", "Denna", and "Puppeteer". Watching these four episodes again was a real treat as we heard from Executive Producer Ken Biller, Co- Executive Producer Stephen Tolkin, Actors Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence, Craig Parker and Jessica Marais. I was delighted to share in the little gems of information they gave us, and unlike some other commentaries I've listened to, the laughter they shared with each other was genuine and you could really see how much they enjoyed working with each other. The commentaries that turned me off were those where the people laughing were laughing because they thought themselves funny.
Forging The Sword: Crafting A Legend was very enjoyable because watching and listening to this featurette, I felt like I had been graciously granted an extended behind-the-scenes guided tour of the show.
Words Of Truth: A Conversation With Terry Goodkind was a very interesting feature where Terry Goodkind and his wife Jeri took us on a personally guide tour of Terry's private world, including the amazing house he built himself.
When it came to the eight deleted scenes, I was ambivalent about the deletion of "Confessor To The Seeker" in that it was somewhat interesting but not good enough to keep. The other seven deleted scenes were worth including, but what other scenes would have been dropped in their place? My favorite deleted scenes were "Benedict's Plight", "Using Pain", and "Richard's Training", all of which gave us snippets of the back story on the Mord'Sith.
Given that "Marked", the first episode of Season 2 will air on November 7, 2009, I was very happy to watch Season 1 again just before I watch the first new episode since last May and I'm sure that the devoted fans of this series will want to do the same. Just don't delay too long.