Legend of the Seeker, the heir apparent to Hercules and Xena (and brought to you by the same production team), is airing its much-anticipated second season premiere the weekend of November 7th (check local listings, as the show is syndicated). As one of the few shows on television that can be categorized as a straight-up high fantasy, many genre fans are eagerly awaiting its return.
For those not in the know, Seeker is an adventure story about a young man, Richard Cypher (played by the ab-tastic Craig Horner — see our interview here) who is known as the Seeker, and was prophesied to defeat the evil tyrant Darken Rahl. You knew he was evil, you see, because his name is Darken.
But now that Rahl’s dead, what will the series do? Or is he dead? Given how loosely the show followed its source material — the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind — it might be anyone’s guess.
(If you honestly don’t want to know, don’t watch the trailer, below.)
Richard is once again joined by a beautiful woman named Kahlan, who is a Confessor, and with her raven-dark hair, bright blue eyes, and penchant for brutal ass-kicking, she is more than a little reminiscent of Xena, though her persona is much softer than the leather- and metal-clad warrior princess.
Rounding out the trio of heroes is Zeddicus, who is something of a puppet-master but with good intentions, and is also Richard’s grandfather.
Guesting this season in a multi-episode arc is Charisma Carpenter — Cordelia from Buffy and Angel.
Legend of the Seeker quickly built a rather impressive fan base, perhaps proof that there is a very real hunger for high fantasy on the small screen, even amidst a vapid craze for vampire-laden urban fantasy. Setting Seeker apart from its ancient Greek predecessors is a lack of the self-aware humor that Hercules and Xena were so well-known for, which could be a reason for its popularity: it believes firmly in the story it’s telling, and thus, so do we.
After a thoroughly satisfying season finale, fans are slowly beginning to foam at the mouth to see what happens next. Until the season premiere, there’s naught to do but imagine…and scavenge the video preview for possible future storylines.
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