Legend Of The Seeker: So Bad, And So Good

seeker-groupLegend of the Seeker is like a family sized bag of “Cheetos” (that you don’t plan on sharing with the family), so wrong and yet so right.  Plot lines to this syndicated sword and sorcery tale pretty much equal the nutritional guide on the cheese curls … not much there.  Yet, try to stop eating those fluorescent orange bits of salty, greasy, crunchy goodness once you get going … hard to do.  Same with the “Seeker” … it eats up an hour quicker than you can finish off the bag.

LOTS is a throwback to the days of Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (except for the lack of a colon of course) … it’s produced by Sam Raimi and Robert Tappert who both had a hand in those shows.  It’s also got a budget.  Disney is the deep pockets behind it.   They shoot in New Zealand for cryin’ out loud, though you won’t mistake anything that’s going on for The Lord of the Rings … at least not in a good way.

seeker-horse-womenSo why did Disney opt for syndication rather than a prime time slot on its ABC network? It’s pretty obvious to me that the goal here is to go global.  The stories are so basic, the legends pretty much ripped off from every culture you can think of, why wouldn’t they click just about anywhere?  Dubbing is also a cinch … no big name stars, just bring in your hammiest voice actors and turn ’em loose.

seeker-3-shotIf you haven’t caught an episode of LOTS what’s the best way to describe or recommend it?  Well, if you’ve read The Sword Of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind you’ve got a pretty good idea of what your in for.  Here’s a better question, how do you feel about lace-up corsets?  If you’re a fan you’ve found your show.

I’ll admit I don’t know much about clothing lines in magical times, but the lingerie trade was apparently boffo.  The gals in this show all have fabulous hair, healthy complexions, and cleavage to beat the band.  Who knew everyone was in such amazing shape back then.  See, that’s why we need show like LOTS … very educational.

seeker-single1I do have to give a shout out to the cast of this quirky epic … they’re all true gamers.  Craig Horner has a lot of appeal as the Seeker.  He has a bit of a Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) vibe, and Bridget Reagan comes off like one of the stars of those Celtic Women concerts except she wields a sword instead of a fiddle.  She’s fun to watch.  Bruce Spense gets to ham it up as a wizard named Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander … complete with lightning bolts from the fingertips.  Way over the top.seeker-wizard

I know I’m showing my age, but do you remember when Dan Aykroyd did the sketch called “Bad Cinema” on SNL.  His character was called Leonard Pinth-Garnell (who curiously morphed into James Lipton several decades later) … anyway, Pinth-Garnell would hail terrible movies with phrases like. “deliciously bad” or “gloriously bad.”  That’s what LOTS is … so bad, and so good.

Legend Of The Seeker airs on WCVB TV, Channel 5 on Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 11:45 PM

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