Four and a Half Torches (Out of Five)
Warning: The following review contains spoilers for the “Princess” episode of Legend of the Seeker.
Sing it with me now: “The rain in the midlands stays mainly in the Valley of Perdition …”
Legend of the Seeker has had a string of great episodes, and this week it continues its winning streak with “Princess,” which at long last gives us something I didn’t even realize I was craving: a comedy episode!
The action starts immediately, as Kahlan is plucked off the ground by a pair of dragon-monster-things and taken to the castle of a wicked monarch who has made a deal with the Sisters of the Dark and the newly resurrected Nikki (in a new body … just go with it): he’ll hand over Kahlan in exchange for eternal life.
So, what’s the only way into the castle? In disguise, of course! And from an eavesdropping spell that Zedd cast, he heard that a princess and her entourage are on their way to the castle even as they speak. How does Zedd know where to find them? Magic!
If this all seems incredibly contrived to you, that’s because it is. But guess what? It’s supposed to be funny! Seeker has proven that it can bring the drama and the serious plots when it wants, but this week they kicked back and had a little fun, and invited us along for the ride.
The purpose of the ep wasn’t to create a Shakespearean tragedy, but rather come up with an excuse to turn Cara into Eliza Doolittle, to bleach Richard’s hair, and to put Zedd in drag for almost the whole show (which he seemed to really enjoy, by the way).
And it was funny, particularly the scene in which Zedd is attempting to train Cara in courtly femininity, telling her to always defer to her “masculine betters.” Her response? “There’s no such thing.”
Also amusing was having Craig Horner, now under the persona of a blond lothario prince, strutting around the castle as women throw themselves at him. The show sometimes seems to go out of its way to ignore how freaking sexy its three young leads are, and I’m pretty sure that Craig Horner gets a similar reaction from women wherever he goes in real life, so it brought a chuckle to see it lampooned on screen.
Interesting that in such a silly episode they snuck in the very plot-centric fact that Nikki has been brought back to life, now younger and blonder. I also liked the world building in the very first scene: apparently, you can get a Mord-Sith for hire whenever you want to resurrect someone. Did you know that? I didn’t. It was similar to the discovery last week that if you’re clever enough, you can make money off of a Baneling’s plight.
Also interesting was the slight subplot involving Kahlan and the king’s wife. We learn that in this kingdom religion is used to oppress its women, so Kahlan must give her a crash course in Feminism 101 while simultaneously Richard is busying himself cracking the skulls of the Sisters of the Night. Another joke, maybe?
Finally, the adorable ending scene with Kahlan teasing her comrades about their respective costumes was almost worth the price of admission alone. They concluded the show the way every good comic episode should end — with a smile.
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