Ran Posted December 3, 2021 Share Posted December 3, 2021 And we continue. This episode is a very odd duck. Spoiler The material with Stepin was good in isolation, but at the same time it's an awful lot of time given over to telling this very specific thing now when they could have spent all of that time further fleshing out our main characters and their stories. Judkins clearly felt they were hamstrung by cutting the show to 8 episodes, only to then willfully go in on this original side-story. They seem to have gone out of their way to invent a lot of ritual culture that isn't apparent in the books, and I think probably also to the detriment of the show's pacing. Do we really need two minutes of a Warder grief ritual? Or the idea of people making idols of the Forsaken to try and ward them away... so weird. Loial looked absolutely terrible in the stills I saw, and he's not great live, but it's better. I think if they had made his hair much darker, it would have been better, it looks too artificial with its current color. Hammed Animashaun's does a fine job with the performance, though, and felt like how I remember Loial to be -- a little Entish, an obvious inspiration for Jordan. And it was rather welcome to actually hear some Jordan dialog here. . Though as Wert remarks, the whole thing about children in Tar Valon throwing things at him just seemed like something they shouldn't have kept when originally it was about Caemlyn in the book. Why can't Tar Valon, this cosmpolitan city of ... 50,000, by the looks of it? Heh ... not be okay with the Ogier whoo built its buildings and visit to do renovations and such? Let kids throw stuff at him elsewhere on the show. The whole Valda thing was just a mess. It makes no sense to leave a possible channeler alone until nightfall(!) to get up to her devilry. And no, no it does not explain whatsoever how he was able to capture and kill Aes Sedai. I doubt they all politely sat down in chairs with their hands bound before he leapt out and says, "Aha! Nobody expects the White Cloak Inqusition! Our three chief weapons are surprise, plot contrivance, and fanatical devotion to the Light.... And authorial hand-waving-- Our four chief weapons..." And Egwene promising to come back in her next life to kill him is just... weird? They've inserted so much religious stuff. People don't think that way in WoT, for the most part. (Also... I'm sorry, but Marcus Rutherford did not sell at all that Perrin was going growly. He moved and looked like a shambolic zombie. It's not a great acting choice.) Lovely job turning Nynaeve's story about her first time channeling into a story 100% about Egwene being so strong and spirited. Nynaeve is too emo for my tastes on this show, she really isn't much of a firecracker. I just don't know about this show. It's not very well-written on a dialog level and seemingly on a structural level. I feel like it's the product of very heavy compromises. All in all, after having read each episode improves on the previous, I felt this one was a step back. Felt very unfocused and not justifying all the structural changes they made to streamline it for television. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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