The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 Reviews

January 6, 2016
Moving pictures require something different; messianic folderol is best served there with a little sex, and a little seltzer.That has been provided.
January 6, 2016
Terry Brooks' epic fantasy franchise has been MTV-ified with a tween-friendly cast, a Game of Thrones Jr. vibe, and a hero with boy band locks who resembles a pointy-eared Justin Bieber.
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
This show is best if not overthought; if you're going to make time for it, just enjoy the escapism.
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
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
The truth is, genre-loving families and fantasy fans who want to travel to another world but don't want to fork over the admission to a multiplex (or a premium channel) could do worse than this.