The Wheel of Time Series Review In New Magic And Monsters Fantasy And Epic Tv Show Amazon Prime Video

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The Wheel of Time, a fantasy TV show based on the novel series of the same name by Robert Jordan, premiered Nov. 19 on Amazon Prime Video, bringing new audiences and longtime fans alike to an adaptation of an expansive story. Developed by Rafe Judkins and starring Rosamund Pike, The Wheel of Time centers on five young people—Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski), Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden), Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) and Matrim Cauthon (Barney Harris)—from a remote village called the Two Rivers.

There’s an explosive five-minute action sequence in the pilot episode of The Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video’s sprawling new fantasy series, where a powerful sorceress blasts magic fireballs at ogre-like creatures, while her samurai companion goes around slicing their heads. It’s bafflingly dull to watch. Between the frantic action, choppy editing, and sloppy CGI, what should’ve been a sequence that leaps off the screen, end up being blurry, disorienting, and incoherent. Like this, much of Prime Video’s latest big bet has its ambitions set sky-high but fails to deliver on the bare basics.

From series creator Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.LD), The Wheel of Time is based on Robert Jordan's bestselling book series of the same name and is an unabashed attempt to fill the Game Of Thrones-sized hole in our lives (It’s even got veteran Thrones writer Dave Hill amongst its sea of writers). I haven’t read the books, but as a fantasy fiend and proud nerd, I’m always excited to sink my teeth into a new world. And the source material here seems to have everything you could ask for.

The first season follows the events in the first book of the series, The Eye of the World. Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), an Aes Sedai, arrives at a small town with famed swordsman, al'Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney). Moiraine senses the power in five youngsters – Rand (Josha Stradowski), Egwene (Madeleine Madden), Nynaeve (Zoe Robins), Mat (Barney Harris) and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford). She however is unable to say which one is the dragon reborn. With the arrival of the horrid Trollocs (sounds familiar to Orcs?) the muscle for the Dark One, Moiraine urges the youngsters to travel with her to the White Tower.

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