"The Shannara Chronicles" - a surprisingly amazing MTV series
"The Shannara Chronicles" aired January 5 on MTV and it was unbelievable!
The shows is an adaptation from a series written by Terry Brooks. The story follows the journey of Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil and Eretria trough the Four Lands to prevent the demise of their world by demons that have woken up from a deep sleep.
Set in a Post-Apocalyptic Earth the show has a beautiful aesthetic which soon involves us in one second and the soundtrack moves you with every beat, which follow every importante moment accordingly.
It's one of the best shows MTV ever aired.
The episode starts with Amberle (Poppy Drayton) - a princess elf - training with her uncle for the race called the Gauntlet, that will happen at dawn for the chance to became one of the 7 elected members of the order of the Chosen, an order with the duty to protect Ellcrys tree, the tree that protects their realm (the Four Lands) from demons.
The demons were banished to a place called the Forbidding and the tree was created to stand as sentinel. It is the locked gate for those unfortunate and evil like souls. Amberle has premonitions of the future immediately when she touches the tree, of a world doomed in darkness and demons roaming freely. What will she do to protect her home? The prophecy started with the princess as it is announced when Allanon (Manu Bennett) wakes up in a frozen cave with a sick looking sword - I really liked that sword!
When we see Wil (Austin Butler), an half-elf/half-human, his mother is in her death bed but with her last gasp she tells him that his late father believed in magic, meanwhile giving him magical blue stones called Ellfstones, and pleads him to go search the Druid. Later we find out that Allanor is that Druid, the last Druid of Paranor and a human.
Eretria (Ivana Baquero), a human, first appears while saving Wil's life has he's being attacked by a troll. She is a badass Rover with a troubling life, living on the bad side of the Four Lands. She is extremely sexy, which she uses in her favor to steal the Elfstones from Wil, and really sarcastic, as it's mentioned along the episodes.
You will see the characters go against demons, their own sins and destinies.
And so it begins the darkness infiltrating the world one by one. And a trio violently trying to protect it. As their journeys intertwine we will see an army rise inside those three adolescents: A Rover, The Chosen and the Last Shannara.
The first two episodes already aired so tune in to “The Shannara Chronicles” Tuesday at 10/9c.