Two and a Half Torches (Out of Five)
Warning: This review contains spoilers for the “Dark” episode of Legend of the Seeker.
The latest episode of Legend of the Seeker picks up right where the previous one ended: Richard and a Sister of the Light arrive at the Palace of the Prophets, where Richard will undergo wizard training. So it’s kind of like Hogwart’s, but with nuns.
Richard is quickly introduced to the Prelate, who ridiculously looks almost identical to Zoot from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. We can tell something is off about this place, and Richard is soon approached by one of the nuns, who tell him to meet her later on.
When he does, she unveils herself to reveal the sexiest nun ever seen, and she tells him that the palace is spelled: each day in the palace is equal to ten days in the outside world. Richard is shocked to discover he’s basically in Brigadoon (Musical theater fans? Anyone?), saying, “If that’s true, then if I’m here a month…almost a…year will go by for my friends.” And he didn’t even need a pencil and paper! Good for you, Richard. Sexy Nun also tells him the Prelate is planning to use him as her muscle and fight her enemies.
Richard is brought to a room filled with prophecies about him, and learns that one of them states he will find the Stone of Tears, and inadvertently deliver it to the “enemy of Light,” whom they interpret to be the Keeper. Another prophecy states he has to fight a “powerful new force” after he defeats the Keeper. (So there’s Season 3, I guess.)
Zedd, meanwhile, actually seeks out Shota, whom we know is not exactly trustworthy, to help find a new Seeker to replace Richard, and of course she has a candidate in mind. While Richard spends a few days in the palace of the prophets, months go by for Zedd, Cara, and Kahlan, and they eventually find the next Seeker (who seems to enjoy leather almost as much as Cara.) His name is Leo, and though neither as handsome nor as ripped as Richard, he acclimates to his new position as Seeker pretty darn quickly, and in no time at all he’s been named and off they go to find the Stone of Tears.
Back in the palace, Sexy Nun tries to help Richard escape, but he’s caught and brought to the Prelate. The Prelate tells him that there are spies within the palace, and the sister helping him is actually a Sister of the Dark (oh, snap!), and a servant of the Keeper. But is she telling the truth? Or is Sexy Nun, who claims the Prelate doth protest too much? Well, no suspense. It’s Sexy Nun.
Richard’s onto her, however, and hatches a plan with the sister who brought him to the palace in the first place. He frees himself from the palace and goes in search of his friends. As soon as he does, a new prophecy occurs, basically stating that as long as Kahlan’s alive, the Keeper is doomed to fail. (Dramatic music plays…)
Final thoughts: I actually found this episode to be sub-par for what’s otherwise a pretty reliable series. I found the “which one is the bad guy?” game with the Prelate and the Sexy Nun (played by Jolene Blalock of Star Trek Enterprise) to be tiresome as opposed to suspenseful, and the revelation that they were essentially both bad felt like lazy writing.
I was also a little disappointed by the flirtation scenes between new Seeker Leo and Cara. The idea of a romance for Cara is pretty cool, but Leo was as charismatic as old cardboard, and that he could reduce her to girlish giggling by talking about chipmunks was absurd.
This show has proven it has the capacity to have great action, titillating sex appeal, and fun, adventurous storylines. But sadly, this episode had none of the above.
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