Four Torches (Out of Five)
Warning: The following review contains spoilers for the “Broken” episode of Legend of the Seeker.
All right, a Mord’sith episode!
In “Broken,” we learn a whole lot about one of the most intriguing characters in Seeker, Cara: where she comes from, who her family was, how she became one of the Mord’sith. Sure, it was a lot of exposition, but it was plenty fun.
In the opening scene, Kahlan learns that Cara killed her sister, and immediately goes all Galadriel-tempted-by-the-ring on her: her eyes go black and she starts freaking out, screaming and lunging for Cara with murder written all over her face.
It was pretty cool.
Richard holds Kahlan down and yells for Cara to skedaddle, which she does. Once Kahlan chills out, they realize that Flynn, who has to be the most useless character around, has also ran off, so Kahlan, Zed, and Richard go in pursuit of him. Cara, meanwhile, heads to the house she grew up in which her sister and her family currently occupy. There’s an awkward reunion, and her sister, overjoyed to see her, asks her to wear a dress, lest her Mord’sith leathers frighten the children.
Let this be a testament to the acting chops of Tabrett Bethell, who plays Cara: though she is in fact a shapely and beautiful woman, when she first appears in the dress it seems as natural as a linebacker wearing a tutu.
The townspeople eventually capture Cara and send a rider to find Kahlan, whom they want to confess Cara…to death! Kahlan seems kind of into the idea. Richard, on the other hand, believes that people can change and she should be showed mercy.
Which once again proves a point that our editor Brent Hartinger made in his review of the last episode: Richard is not a particularly interesting hero, because his high moral standing is never really challenged with an ethical dilemma. For every situation, the right thing to do is clear, even if he (and we, as the audience) are the only ones to see it.
Needless to say, Kahlan realizes Richard is right after a neat little plot twist involving a teacher, and then looking into Cara’s eyes and seeing remorse. There’s an all-too-brief fight scene, which just felt obligatory, a conclusion to a needless sub-plot with Zed finding Flynn, and the episode ends wrapped up in a nice bow.
Except for that whole demons from the Underworld thing, which this episode seemed to mostly forget about.
One more thing: am I the only ones who find the Mord’siths’ appearance a little comical? Every time a lot of them are on screen, I’m always reminded of the Fembots from Austin Powers. Maybe it’s that their outfits are so different from the rest of the world created for the show. At any rate, they never cease to make me chuckle.
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