Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Legend of the Seeker

Ever since I decided to post a "10 most recently watched" sidebar--which I may decide is best to do away with--I've been struggling with how to handle TV shows.  I watch very little on actual TV (although I do have a DVR full of stuff I've recorded from this past season) but I watch a lot of stuff via Netflix--streaming episodes if I can get them, and DVDs if not.  In fact, the majority of what I'm watching are episodes of shows that I missed the first time around but still wanted to see, so I'm catching now from Netflix.  How do I capture that?

I've been putting discs up as I watch them, the same as if they were movies.  So, if I watch Chuck Season 2 Disc 3 (which I most recently did) then I'll put that up.  But, I've also been streaming shows.  I've restarted Roswell, with my kids even, thinking that they might enjoy watching that with me, and I've also started watching Legend of the Seeker.  Do I just put up the each episode as I watch it?  Does it even matter?  Should I even be showing what I most recently watched?  Does anyone even care?  And if not, (which I'm sure is the case) why am I messing with it if even I find it to be more trouble than it's worth?  Hence, my prediction that I'll decide within a few days to probably take it down completely if I can't come up with a better alternative.

Meanwhile, though, I've been watching Legend of the Seeker.  Mostly I'm watching this because there's not a lot of traditional fantasy to watch, really.  The Legend of the Seeker is more or less based on the Sword of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind; the first season in particular is loosely based on the first novel, Wizard's First Rule.  I actually owned that book at one time; I bought it at firesale pricing from Waldenbooks in the mall once, because the publishers had the idea that if they could give you a super cheap copy of the first book, that you'd then go on to buy the subsequent books in the series at full price.

Frankly, it's one of the worst books I've ever read.  The dialogue and characters, plots and situations, and the entire setting and everything about it was purile, ridiculous, cheesy, cliched, sophomoric, and frankly, even frequently offensive.  So why in the world am I watching a show based on it?

To be honest with you, I'm not quite sure.  I'm vaguely hoping that the show will be better than the books, and like I said, the fact that there's so little fantasy in TV and movies makes me want to like it, even if I suspect that I won't.

That said, I've got a rule about new shows--I give them six episodes before I give up.  Lots of shows take a few episodes to find their feet, but if by six they're still not any good, then the chances of them turning that around later are pretty low.  So far, I've only seen two.  So far it's not terrible, but it's also not good.  We'll see where it goes from there.

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