The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 Reviews

January 6, 2016
The show sputters along, never quite finding its footing between the stakes of a collapsing fantasy universe and a soapy teen drama.
January 6, 2016
The fact that the mostly inert The Shannara Chronicles is utterly familiar on both levels is a reminder that a truly vibrant fantasy story requires some sort of invention.
January 6, 2016
Here's the thing with teen-baiting sexiness though: it's an aesthetic that becomes grating when the story surrounding it is so serious, if only because teen-baiting sexiness is so serious in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 5, 2016
It doesn't help that the characters seem to be allowed to switch from talking dour fantasy-novel heroes to bored millennials whenever the mood strikes them - perhaps something that might have to do with this being MTV.
January 5, 2016
When the characters stop talking and start acting, Shannara becomes a simple thrill. But it's a long and winding quest to get there.
January 5, 2016
Turns out to be just a lot of hokey bombast, wasted on a cast of callow babes in the exotic woods.
January 5, 2016
Oh, weary traveler, if you've come here in search of answers about the ancient prophecy that foretold a fantasy show secretly designed to be a drinking game, rest your feet; you found it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 4, 2016
Fantasy stories tend to risk the ridiculous to achieve the sublime. But The Shannara Chronicles almost always lands on the wrong side of that divide.
January 4, 2016
The world-building is imaginative and impressive, but the mythology is exhausting to keep up with, especially when the reward is basically a romance-novel version of The Lord of the Rings, complete with courtly hand-kissing and sexy elfin bubble baths.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 4, 2016
Whatever visual beauty this pretender to Game of Thrones' high fantasy throne does possess is undone by wooden performances, formulaic execution and dialogue so howlingly bad it resembles subpar fan fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
December 30, 2015
The Shannara Chronicles can't help but show off how cool its various magical storylines are, and in doing so it shows off its shortcomings. Its characters are fairly weak, with the exception of Manu Bennet's Allanon, though its setting is gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
December 29, 2015
Like watching someone else play a prepackaged Dungeons and Dragons campaign, only not as much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5