Heroes Can’t Fight Destiny. Why? Because They are Heroes.
Fantasy series, the Shannara Chronicles, is back for season two after a much too long hiatus. Last season one evil was defeated, this season others appear in the four lands. Although, we have lost one of our heroes three remains, and new heroes rise. A year has passed since the war. Magic is back and an enemy has formed against it and all those who use it. People are afraid and fear has a power of its own for those who want to use it. The Shannara Chronicles mythology continues to be everything we love and more in season two.
The World of Shannara gives us even more of what made the first season successful. Will (Austin Butler), the last son of Shannara, has walked away from his path to be what he once wanted to be. A healer. He thinks he has lost both Eretria (Ivana Baquero) and Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton), so of course, he lost his way. But, fantasy fans like us know heroes have a destiny and sometimes they don’t get to make choices. Will and Eretria will find out no matter how hard they try to walk away they have a world to save.
“I’m not interested in saving the world anymore.” – Will
If there are good and heroes, there must also evil and villains. Season two provides us with the most heartless and ruthless we could imagine. New character and supervillain, General Riga (Desmond Chiam) lead the Crimson to destroy all magic and all those who practice it. The general will use hate, fear, and anger to do so. If the greatness of a battle of good and evil depends on the strength of both sides this should be epic.
New Heroes Rise, But Not Because They Want to
An interest group of new characters joins the fight for the four lands in season two. There is the mysterious Mareth (Malese Jow), a figure with innate magic. She wants Will’s help to find Allanon (Manu Bennett) in the hope that he can help control the magic inside her. Eretria’s new love interest, Lyria (Vanessa Morgan) a badass, and a hero trying really hard not to be a hero starts her journey where many heroes begin theirs, in denial. Lyria just wants to live in peace with Eretria, so she is fighting her destiny with everything she’s got. Eretria must teach her new love what she learned the hard way.
“Their Destinies Chose them. Even before they were born.”
Garet (Gentry White) is a weapons master and bounty hunter. He’s that guy who’s always looking for a fight and fans are excited when he finds one. Queen Tamlin (Caroline Chikezie) is beautiful, as she is cunning and clever, but she is not always out to help the greater good. General Riga (Desmond Chiam) a true villain, he leads the Crimson to destroy magic, an extremist, terrorist. He is everything true villains should be. With more characters, there will be more stories and the greater complexity of their relationships and each of these new characters bring something new and exciting to the hero’s journey.
A New Evil. Old Friends Become New Enemies
Heroes are only as good as the villains they fight and Shannara has some kick-ass heroes. General Riga (Desmond Chiam), the newest villain, leads the Crimson to destroy all magic. The Crimson is what can only be described as a terrorist group. The general believes that in order to save the four lands magic and anyone who uses magic must be destroyed. He is a murderer, a fanatic, and totally ruthless.
“You think you can control it (magic), but you can’t” – General Riga
The war has left the lives of both humans and elves broken and destroyed. Their homes lay in waste and ashes. This allows General Riga to use his real power. Fear. That and the anger and hate that fear creates. That is General Riga’s real power. Using it he makes the people of Shannara believe in him and his group, and turn against King Ander (Aaron Jakubenko) There is nothing he won’t do to purge magic from Shannara.
It’s A Love Story
Every great mythology starts with a great story. Without it, we’ve got nothing. Luckily, The Shannara Chronicles has a great story. The show was created by Al Gough and Miles Millar and is based on the best-selling fantasy books by the wonderfully talented Terry Brooks. Season two will be an original story to compliment the forty years of story and over twenty-five best-selling books already in existence.
Given the blessing of Brooks, fans will receive not a rehashing, but an additional chapter in Shannara mythology. There are more storylines, additional characters, additional character development, and environments. It’s still Terry Brooks’ brilliant mythology just expanded to give us a broader look into the world of Shannara. A world we have already grown to love.
It’s Cool to Look At
Watching the clips and trailers for season two one thing is clear. It’s a beautiful show. Epic shots enhanced by rich colors. Everyone’s going to love the rich gold and purple colors in the Palace of Leah. The grand green, rolling landscapes draw the viewer in and immerse them in this fantasy world. When our heroes travel through the land so do we. In contrast, we will see the cold, towering metal and hardness of the Crimson stronghold.
“You showed up because you have a part to play.” – Will
Every environment, every place we see has its own story to tell. It’s just enjoyable to look at the cinematic and visionary scenes play out. it’s more like a movie than a television program. Sparking the imagination, it’s easy to get caught up in the show’s beauty as it almost becomes an additional character in the story.
The Action and Adventure
The Shannara Chronicles has the look and feel of a blockbuster action film. The non-stop action of the show is one of the things fans loved most about the first season of the series. The battles, hand to hand combat, the magic, and demons rising made it irresistible to audiences. Last season’s war has created consequences that will play out in huge action sequences as good battles evil.
“Prepare yourself for the war to come.” Allanon
The Shannara Chronicles debuted on MTV in 2016. As MTV looked to reset its image the show moved to Spike, the soon to be Paramount Channel. The Shannara Chronicles’ audience and movie-like visuals make the series more suited for the film entertainment oriented Spike/Paramount channel. This is the perfect place for more of the action movie feel the series provides.
More of What We Love
There is a lot to look for to in season two of the Shannara Chronicles. More adventure, more action, interesting characters, and a deeper mythology. All the components that made it exciting the first season are back, but made even better. We are going to get more storylines and learn more about the characters we already love. Will all the characters survive? Will our heroes keep each of the four lands from being destroyed by madmen? Fear has become the most powerful force in the land, and when humans, elves, or anyone acts out of fear bad things happen. Cruel and terrible things.
The first episode of the second season begins a year from season one. Our heroes are trying in vain to not be heroes, an evil rises to defeat all magic, and there is more at stake than ever before. The four lands may not survive this war, not without death, murder, and suffering wars commonly bring. But, they won’t give up without a fight either.