I recently started watching the first season of The Shannara Chronicles and I felt compelled to write about it. In this article I am going to discuss my initial thoughts on the fantasy show.

It is clear even from the opening of the first episode that The Shannara Chronicles is visually beautiful. The creators clearly wanted to assert, from the outset, that this show will be an aesthetic treat.

The Shannara Chronicles has some of the best visuals I have ever seen in a TV show. A unique world is brought to life with what appears to be the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster.

It is a really fun adventure that rips along at break neck pace. This show is great escapism, all be it quite cheesey at times. Some of the dialogue can be rather soap opera cringeworthy.

On the other hand, there are some incredibly dramatic moments. From what I’ve seen, a particular highlight was the scene between the main villain and Manu Bennett’s Allanon, during his vision.

That scene occurred in the second episode and was so effective due to how well performed it was. You only need to watch Bennett’s work on Arrow as Deathstroke to know how good his acting can be.

Some of the plot lines are arguably cliché. The average farm boy who turns out to be of great importance is tried and tested. That same character is even unaware of how powerful his father was. That is straight out of Star Wars, simply enjoyable nonetheless.

Most of all I am gripped to find out more about this world. Could it actually be the far future? There are remnants of our world, for example the abandoned boat and the tower.

The show in general is a mixture of medieval and present day stylings. It could be similar to The Time Machine in that it is so far into the future that it has become primeval again.

I will definitely continue watching The Shannara Chronicles and occasionally check back with more opinions on the show.

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