Friday, October 8, 2010
Another season, another epic quest: after slaying his archenemy, the tyrannical sorcerer Darken Rahl (Craig Parker), and bringing freedom to the kingdom, the heroic Seeker, Richard Cypher (Craig Horner) and his companions Kahlen (Bridget Regan) and Zed (Bruce Spence) discover to their dismay that killing a villain doesn't necessarily mean that he's no longer a threat. The Keeper of the Underworld uses Rahl's evil spirit to wage war on the world of the living, and creates tears in reality that allow him to unleash demons and other diabolical critters on the mortal realm. Good wizard Zed determines that the only way to close those portals is with a legendary magical artifact, so our heroes set off to find it, accompanied by their latest ally, the sexy magical dominatrix Cara (Tabrett Bethell), a former minion of Rahl's now trying to do good.
As I noted in my review of the first season, it's all pretty standard fantasy fare - swordplay, magic spells, monster and quests. But under the guiding hands of producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who cut their teeth on TV fantasy with HERCULES and XENA, it's pretty well done. Production values are top notch - the sets, costumes, special effects and stunts are all extremely well-executed, and the lush New Zealand locations once again make for a suitably impressive fantasy realm. The cast is generally strong, playing their roles with conviction.
ABC Studios’ five-disc set comes in a standard-sized case and features all 22 episodes of the second season in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Supplemental material includes a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes and a selection of extended scenes.
I enjoyed the first season, and liked this one, too. Of course, I have a predilection toward sword & sorcery tales. If you're a fan of the show, then you'll want to pick this set up - the quality of the presentation is up to ABC/Disney's usual high standards, and it looks and sounds terrific. If you're a fantasy buff who hasn't seen the show, I do recommend at least checking it out. It's well-made and fun.
BUY: Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second Season