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One of the best contemporary fantasy series I have seen. Some of its social commentary is very topical too.
Continuing the story from season 1, much of the stellar locations and risky filmmaking make season 2 shine. Definitely the plot of season 2 wasn't as fine tuned as season 1. hopefully season 3 redeems it instead of pushes it further downward.
A hilarious adaptation of Neil Gaiman's witty fantasy novel.
A wonderful fantasy adaptation! Rich with absurd humor and a delightfully condescending narrator.
Amazon's adaptation on Carnival Row offers some really great ideas and the effects look stellar at times. (other times they look a little cheesy)
This series is a great example of why Fantasy needs to be taken seriously and given a proper budget. This series is along the lines of the budget of Xena: Warrior Princess. Everything about this series just feels cheesy and unearned. The only part of it that is enjoyable is the comedic Wizard played by Bruce Spence.
This show might have good source material buts its hard to tell buried underneath this rubbish. Watchable at best. Will not transport you into an escapist fantasy realm like fantasy television should.
Even worse than season 1...
Season 1 of Shannara had promise, but this season killed whatever hopes I had of this series getting good. The plot was ridiculous, the acting was cheesy, the CGI was unbelievable. This whole season reminded me of something like "The Outpost" or "Legend of the Seeker". The best I can say about it was there were a couple if cool action scenes and one CGI creature looked really cool.
This series went off the rails quickly and destroyed any inclination from anyone wanting to give the novels a chance.
A decent adaptation of the renown fantasy novel. Several scenes are obviously too low budget to be taken entirely serious (or maybe its the MTV "tweens" influence, idk) but other senes look incredible. I'd say its a good watch for those looking for a lesser Game of Thrones.
The ending of Game of Thrones (similar to the final Hobbit film) really dropped the ball. It did exactly what you do not want from an ending, it compromised a lot of what came before it. For example, now when one re-watches season 2, it is almost annoyingly pointless when someone mentions the "Lord of Light". When, the Lord of Light was a massive chunk of what made up that season's plot and intrigue...
I will say that other than the resolution of the Night King's Story arc (which was seemingly just to subvert tropes, which is annoying because it wasn't set up at all) the rest of the end wasn't too bad. It was rushed, the motivations were off in times, the character development often made little to no sense, but it was at least serviceable. (Once again, except form the NK thing which ruined parts of earlier seasons) Overall a disappointing ending to what could have been the best tv fantasy series, but at least its an ending?
(I know, it could have had everyone running to re-watch it but instead everyone is distancing themselves form it. Shame!
Good Luck to the prequels!)
Season 7, while still really great and enjoyable television, had a lot of things that took viewers out of the escapism. It had things that made no sense with the logistics that they has already set up in the world. This season is still pretty solid in terms of quality, and definitely a pretty good fantasy adaptation, but a lot of the major problems from season 8 were foreshadowed here.
I think season 5 is when most people started to notice some problems in Game of Thrones. Notably, there were several things that were presented in a certain way, only to be contradicted later.
I really like season 5, but to me its obvious that it is the true start of the downward spiral. But even with its problems, it was still one of the greatest shows on television.
Season 6 showed that amidst the declining quality of Game of Thrones, they could still have an exciting, action-packed season. Definitely the best the series has been since season 3.
Gave it a 4.5/5 because while things are intense and the increase in production capital made for some very beautiful cinematography, the season doesn't take much time to breathe.
Whereas this season starts off very strong, it starts to drag (in my opinion) towards later in the season and starts to show a little bit of the problems which would plague later seasons. Definitely a better fantasy adaptation than a lot of films/tv series I have seen, but no where near the comfort of season 1 or the shock of season 3.
Season 3 of Game of Thrones features some of the most incredible moments in television history (as well as fantasy history). One scene in particular, is probably the best that Game of Thrones has ever been in terms of writing and subverting tropes. This is the high point of the series by far!
Season 2 of Game of Thrones does a great job expanding on the world that was introduced in season 1. So much of this season adds to the worldbuilding, especially learning the variations of religion though-out Westeros. (Sadly, what happens in season 8 makes this season not as good once you know how pointless a lot of it is.)
A perfect adaptation of one of the best works in the fantasy genre! A must watch for anyone, especially those who are fans of the fantasy genre!
So much can be said about this series. This season does a great job introducing all the regular fantasy archetypes that are used later to subvert fantasy tropes. Personally, this is my favorite season, as many of the first episodes provide a sense of comfort and escapism that is quickly replaced later by well-written political intrigue and tense plotlines.
Both the ending of the first episode and the first season overall definitely work to hook the viewer into watching the entire series.
Originally intended as a stand-alone single-season sequel to The Last Airbender, this season brought back the entire creative team from the 4-part finale of TLA. And wow; it shows! This season is an impressive spectacle in terms of animation, music, world-building, steampunk style, and how to continue an amazing series while still having a sense of individuality.
An amazing fantasy series!
Definitely the worst season from this incredible series. The season starts out solidly, showing a family relationship and political intrigue, but quickly turns into a giant world ending cartoonish villain that one usually sees in recent superhero films. Thankfully, the series recovers by having two of the most well written villains in seasons 3 & 4, but dang this season is weird.
There are some great moments however, like the Flashback episodes which drastically alter the style of the series harkening back to an episode of The Last Airbender.
Season 3 of the Legend of Korra is a refreshingly down to earth season. The threat wasn't necessarily world ending, but rather two conflicting and necessary ideologies. The main antagonist, Zaheer (voiced incredibly by Henry Rollins), is one of the best on-screen villains I have ever seen.