The Shannara Chronicles on MTV

I’m still working my way through viewing the British holiday TV bonanza, but new stuff keeps creeping up on me.   Last night saw the return of  the sparkling campfest that was Galavant.   Tomorrow brings MTV’s swords and sorcery epic, The Shannara Chronicles, a 10-episode series is based on the works of Terry Brooks.

It looks…pretty terrible.  And it sounds even worse.  That dialogue!  Did they miss one single cliché?

“The world outside is dangerous.”  

“Only an idiot would travel these woods alone.”

 “As long as it lives, the demons are locked up for all eternity.”  

This is clearly no threat to Game of Thrones.

So I made up a list, like Walter White did, when he was deciding whether to kill Krazy-8 in S01E03 (“…And the Bag’s in the River”) of Breaking Bad.

Reasons to Watch The Shannara Chronicles

  • It’s based on the works of Terry Brooks, who, according to Wikipedia, has written 23 New York Times bestsellers and has over 21 million copies of his books in print.
  • John Rhys-Davies, who was in The Lord of the Rings movies, is in this series.
  • Austin Butler, the lead actor, is very, very pretty.

Reasons Not to Watch The Shannara Chronicles

  • The Left Behind books have outsold Terry Brooks’ fantasies three-to-one.  Quantity <> quality.
  • John Rhys-Davies, who has been in most of the mediocre dragons and daggers shows made in the last 30 years, is in this series.
  • If the trailer is a good indication, it’s full of cheesy settings and bad CGI.
  • Ridiculous dialog.  Absolutely ridiculous.
  • The actors are unlikely to get Emmy nominations for their work here, although they’ll probably show up as presenters on the MTV Movie Awards,
  • The Shannara Chronicles is on MTV.


Of course I’ll watch it!  For at least the first 20 minutes.

The Shannara Chronicles debuts on Tuesday, 5 January 2016, on MTV.

Note:   I posted an early teaser for this series last May.  The raw footage looked much more interesting than the finished product.  It also helped that that teaser contained little or no dialogue.


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