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Special S- 0 18 Oct 08 Legend of the Seeker: The Making of a Legend!
A crazy old Wizard recruits a young farmboy on a quest against evil by giving him a magic sword and telling him he has superpowers. Generic enough. There's even a gorgeous woman who is a better fighter than most men, and wears a cleavage-enhancing outfit. No cliches there, huh?
The hero is Richard Cypher, the Seeker of the title. The Wizard is Zeddicus (Bruce Spence - Mad Max 2: Road Warrior ) and the token babe is Kahlyn the Confessor. Together they must wage race-war against the Daharans, a nation ruled by an Evil Overlord named Darken Rahl (Praetor Glaber from the far superior show Spartacus ). The Daharans wear chain-mail and helmets, while our heroes have only flimsy cotton shirts for armour. Luckily, the villains learn their fighting skills at the typical Evil Overlord Henchmen's' Academy.
The Seeker, the Confessor and the Wizard are lost in the woods. For a trio of superheroes, they can't even catch a rabbit for lunch. Worse, they are pursued by Bounty Hunters. The local map-maker (Ted Raimi - Xena: Warrior Princess ) has made a magic map that shows the location of its victim … the Seeker!
Our hero is distracted from his quest by a damsel in distress. This involves a minotaur that is almost blind, so it only hunts by day (thus losing any advantage its other senses would give it at night). The hero takes a moral stand, stating that every side-trip is as worthy as the main quest. This means the Quest can be stretched out for the full 22 episodes, with lots of freak-of-the-week encounters and a variety of Heroics. However, the hero's morality is flawed and hypocritical. He is happy to have his opponents locked up so they can starve to death, or entombed with a flesh-eating monster. Some Bounty hunters and thieves deserve a Pardon, while others apparently deserve a horrible death.
The Seeker visits his hometown and meets his mother (the seer Goddess from The Almighty Johnsons ). Unfortunately, the villains were expecting this. Can the Seeker trust his own brother?
Zedd and Kahlan the Confessor go to sort out Zedd's family problems. The old wizard is accused of fathering a son. He has trouble talking his way out of it.
The Confessor and the Seeker meet the Listener. He is a creepy little boy who can read peoples' minds. They want to take him to a hidden Hogwarts, before the Daharans can use him as a weapon. But who can be trusted?
As suggested by the Listener, our heroes go to the ruined city. The Daharans are massing an army there, and Darken Rahl sends his top General to take charge.
A Witch-woman has a vision of the future. The Seeker will get killed if he goes to the ruins. He refuses to accept warnings, so they try to dissuade him by magical means.
Richard gets face-swapped with a book-loving Seeker fan. Kahlan, despite knowing him almost intimately, doesn't realise he has changed. And Zedd, the most powerful magician that the plot allows, doesn't detect the witchcraft.
Richard gets trapped in an arranged marriage, handcuffed to a reluctant bride (as in The 39 Steps). And he STILL makes it to the ruins on foot faster than the others do on horseback!
The trio are attacked by the Mord Sith, a group of dominatrix priestesses who serve the arch-villain. Richard is taken prisoner, and tortured. Will he develop Stockholm Syndrome?
Richard and Kahlan prepare to assassinate the Evil Overlord.
Zed goes undercover as a travelling puppeteer. He wants to get a magic box before it is handed over to the villain. In the typical manner of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys , the Princess is a spoilt brat; Luckily, Zed befriends some helpful peasants.
Darken Rahl gets some face time. He is a lot smarter than his counterpart, Praetor Glaber, in Spartacus . That said, he is a lot less fleshed-out as a character.
The trio meet up with Kahlen's fellow Confessors. They are even more monstrous than Kahlen herself. One of them gave birth to a baby boy. But apparently a male Confessor is evil, and must be drowned at birth. Kahlen and Zed accept this without question. Richard, however, tries to rescue the baby.
Richard and Kahlen remember murdering people. They must be thinking of a previous episode, surely. No, this has nothing to do with the race-war against the Daharans. Instead, they slaughtered a couple of peasants. Did someone use magic to alter their memories?
The stars are in alignment, so the Evil Overlord takes his opportunity. He has his wizard cast a spell of the Seeker, putting our hero in a trance. Richard believes that the quest he was on was just a dream. The Overlord poses as Richard's childhood love. Can he/she persuade the Seeker to say where the Third Box of Orden is, before the Seeker demands some make-up sex?
The result is a clip show, with what are supposed to be the best bits of previous episodes. This includes events that Richard was not present at, and thus could have no memory of, but who cares? At least this is relevant to the plot arc, because it leads on to the next ep.
The trio have to hide the magic box. They decide to put it in the tomb of a heroic Seeker who died a thousand years ago. Unfortunately they discover his secret - his death was not as heroic as the story claimed. His unhappy spirit haunts the tomb, trapping Richard and Kahlen.
Zed and the spirit of his predecessor (Michael Hurst - Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) must put the spirits to rest, before Kahlan and Richard consummate their lust. Richard will be confessed.
The Seeker and his sidekicks head home to Hartland. It is now occupied by the Daharans. He meets up with his childhood sweetheart. But his own brother is a collaborator ...
Richard and Kahlen take the initiative. They go after Darken Rahl, setting a trap for him. They plan to use the Dragon's Breath - gunpowder, in large kegs. This is a nice anachronism, technology instead of magic.
Darken Rahl has a plan of his own. He has his Wizard concoct a potion that renders the drinker permanently invulnerable to the Confessor's power. They want to capture Kahlen, then transfer her power to Darken Rahl!
Finally, Darken Rahl and the Seeker duel. Yes, Richard finally meets someone who can last more than two sword-swings against him! But Kahlen has hidden powers as well.
Zeddicus is still away, trying to hide the box.
The Seeker gets his hands on all 3 boxes of Orden. This gives him the power to control the minds of all around him. But power corrupts - well, in this story it corrupts men anyway. He becomes a bloodthirsty mass-murderer. Well, not BECOMES - but this time he uses magic rather than just his sword.
Denna, the Mord Sith who tried to tame the Seeker, is back. And it turns out that Richard has a sister ...
The Daharans have enacted Darken Rahl's order to destroy one village every day until the Seeker is found. They use magical super-weapons. The local Resistance want the weapons for themselves. Kahlan confesses a Daharan conscript (Dean O'Gorman - Almighty Johnsons ). He was a wimp even before he got mind-raped by her, but now the Resistance thugs find him an easy target.
Richard goes undercover as a Daharn soldier to infiltrate the camp. He befriends the Daharan Captain - yes, finally we get humanised enemies. This show might actually develop some depth.
A man/woman team of con-artists use a magic mirror to change their appearances into those of Richard and Kahlan.
The trio visit a land where a witch ( Danielle Cormack ) has cursed the King. Every night he turns into a were-beast, which eats any invading Daharans - but also eats his own citizens!
This is quite a serious ep, thanks to above-average direction.
Darken Rahl goes to a town because he wants a magical book concealed in its library. The Seeker, the Wizard and the Confessor go there for the same reason.
The local canvas-painter has the power to transport people into a painting, and claims they can use it as a sanctuary. Of course, he didn't bother to put an orchard or a source of fresh water in his landscape ...
The Seeker and his fellow insurgents are looking for three magic boxes that, when put together, allow them to brainwash entire armies and turn brother against brother. When they get them, they will be able to enact a plan to defeat Darken Rahl. Unfortunately they have to save villagers from plague first.
The arch-villain Lord Rahl, however, uses a different weapon - charm. He tries to convince his amnesiac sister to steal the boxes from the genocidal so-called hero. He wants to persuade the woman that he is the hero, and the Seeker is the villain.
The Seeker and his insurgents try their plan. But the Mord Sith attack then!
Darken Rahl is a decent fellow, once nobody is left to threaten his rule. He marries Kahlyn and gives her a son ... a male Confessor ...
The Seeker and a Mord Sith find themselves decades into the future. The country is a wasteland, destroyed by the vicious new Lord Rahl. They must find a way to return to their own time so they can alter history!
This was directed by Michael Hurst ( Hercules ).
Our heroes celebrate their victory with a slap-up feast. The party is interrupted by a scary claymation beast. It turns out that using the Boxes of Orden has breached the barrier with the Underworld. The Keeper, ruler of the supernatural realm of Evil, now threatens the real world.
A Daharan General and his men swear allegiance to Richard. He has the chance to rule the Daharan peacefully, and use their impressive army against the Keeper.
Cara is now the self-proclaimed leader of the Mord Sith. Naturally, she believes it is better to be feared than loved. A Mord Sith named Triana ( Charisma Carpenter ) questions the commands of the new leader.
The Mord Sith and their allies, the 3rd Battalion, are still loyal to Darken Rahl. He serves the Keeper in the Underworld.
Zedd heads off to meet Shoda the Witch ( Danielle Cormack ). She tells him of a prophecy about the battle against the Keeper ...
There is a tear in the walls of reality. The trio, plus a tame Mord Sith, go to a prison in search of the magic monks.
The arch-villain raises the dead as Bane creatures, undead monsters whose only job is to kill even more people. And since the prison had run out of food, the dead and dying are all around. Worse, like most prisons it is full of thieving scum in search of a handout (or as much as they can steal).
The tame Mord Sith reveals that she was part of the unit that killed the Confessor's sister. The Seeker realises he can't have both of them at the same time, so he sends the Mord Sith away. But without a Master or a Sisterhood, she has nowhere to go. After a one-night stand, she decides to go home to her family farm.
When the Mord Sith is put on trial, the Seeker decides to act as her defence attorney. The jury are completely prejudiced - even though the Mord Sith are their kinswoman in a conscripted militia, not foreigners like the Daharans.
The Confessor can use her magic powers to torture Mord Sith to death. And she's happy enough to do this - although, like Pontius Pilate, she washes her hands of the responsibility.
Zeddicus the Wizard goes after Flynn, the thief with the magic tattoo.
Finally we get an episode that focuses on how evil the Confessors are. They magically brainwash their victims, an inexcusable crime.
Richard the Seeker falls victim to a Confessor. This is Kahlen's opportunity to get pregnant by him. Will she rape him, or will the show retain its UST?
Shodu the Witch ( Danielle McCormack ) casts a spell on Zed, reducing him to a teenager. He retains his powers, but loses his memories. In other words, he forgets who Richard the Seeker is - but manages to take the Sword of Truth away from him.
A beautiful woman needs brave young Zed to save her. But is she manipulating him? She tells him to forget the quest, and attack the Keeper directly.
Our heroes follow the (moral) compass to find the magic stone. The Seeker and the tame Mord Sith slaughter some slavers without giving them a chance to surrender or fight back. The local villagers are pacifists, and who can blame them? But some want to be trained in fighting, so they can kill the local Warlord and his men. Unfortunately, the villagers have been bound with an ancient spell that prevents them from fighting. Zedd removes the binding spell, but temporarily weakens himself in the process.
The villagers are now free to kill anyone they want. They form their own Militia, with Richard as their Warlord. The Seeker must master his rage in order to free his followers, or it will consume him. Zedd gives him some psychiatric help, AKA the talking cure.
A pacifist tries to cure the tame Mord Sith of her sadistic ways. The next time you reach for your Agiel, remember that we defeated a whole army without spilling a single drop of blood. Irony indeed! The Seeker and the Confessor are both killers who use their swords at every opportunity. The Mord Sith's Agiel, however, is a non-lethal pain-stick akin to a cattle-prod. In a battle it is the Fantasy equivalent of a stunner in Star Trek , it does no lasting physical harm to the victim. Certainly, it does terrible things to a defenceless prisoner under torture, but in a fair fight?
Denna, the Mord Sith who tortured Richard in Season One, is back. She swop's Richard's soul with that of her male slave. Richard gets trapped in the Underworld, at the mercy of Darken Rahl.
The Confessor's dead sister gets the body of a young courtesan. She can still use her Confessor power, which is tied to her soul. This will come in useful when Denna uses the fake Richard Rahl to gain control of an entire Daharan Legion.
The villains are actually the ones who make sense here. Darken Rahl points out that Richard is a killing machine, and every ep the dozen people he slaughters just become reinforcements for The Keeper. Denna, on the other hand, will bring peace to Dahara and end the civil war.
The Wizard gets captured by Denna the Mord Sith. The Confessor and Cara pursue them. Whose magic will triumph?
The Seeker gets involved in a feud between two towns. They are under siege from magical creatures that have the power of invisibility.
The prophecy from S2 Ep 1 states that Richard will lose if he is the Seeker. So he puts his Wizard blood (from BOTH grandfathers) to good use. He joins the Nun (Sisters of the Light) who teach at Wizard School. But the Sisters of the Dark (a breakaway faction who serve the Keeper) have their own plan.
Richard finds himself in a future where everything goes wrong. One by one, the worst possible things happen. Zedd is dead, Kahlen is married to Richard's successor, and Cara is MIA. Worst - when you die in a dream, you die in reality.
Zedd has appointed a new Seeker. The poor fellow tries to flirt with Cara. She hasn't been with anyone since her one-nighter in S2 ep2, so she might give in. But what is the man's life expectancy?
Something is rotten in the Capital of the Midlands. A usurper has taken over. Zedd must teleport the Confessor away, to deal with things.
The Teleportation spell goes wrong. Zedd ends up with Kahlen's duty-based half, who has the Confessor powers but no mercy. She replaces the dictatorship with one of her own. Capital punishment is reduced, but corporal punishment remains.
Richard and Cara get Kahlen's emotional side, her passion uncontrolled by logic. This means he can finally get some action.
Cara gets killed, and goes straight to the Underworld. She makes a deal with Darken Rahl, to become a Baneling. She must kill one person every 24 hours. The clock starts ticking again Rahl says, indicating that they have a Renaissance level technology in their clocks.
Luckily, Zedd's brother has discovered a magical cure. He teams up with Ted Raimi, the money-hungry peddler in Legend of the Seeker [Season 1, Episode 3] Bounty. .
Can Cara get the cure before she runs out of bad guys and starts to kill innocents?
The Confessor is captured and taken to a land where Magic doesn't work. The local Ruler offers to sell her to Sister Nikki and the Keeper-worshippers.
The Mord Sith goes undercover as a Princess, to charm the Lord of the Realm. The wizard tags along, as a Panto dame.
Sister Nikki faces a coup from the other Keeper-worshippers. They kill each other, taking each others' Quickenings. Four of them come after her, so they can take her Quickening (the strongest of them all).
Sister Nikki casts a spell that joins her fate to Kahlen's. If she dies, she goes to the Underworld - as does Kahlen! And if Cara revives Kahlen, she revives Nikki too. Richard must help Nikki find the magic stone, and give it to the Keeper.
Zedd takes Kahlen and Cara to find a cure. They must join Kahlen to her dead mother's spirit. Unfortunately, all her mother's items were taken by her dad. He was a Daharan soldier, who (after his release from soul-slavery) became a Warlord. Now he is prisoner of another, more powerful warlord. Kahlen hates him because he made her and her sister Confess people to further his will. But she does not care that her own Mother (whom she idolizes) did the same thing.
Sister Nikki gives her back-story, about how she was unable to forgive a man so instead she murdered him and worshipped Evil. She also points out that her spell means Kahlen can feel her pleasure as well as her pain. Couldn't Zedd cast this spell on Cara and Kahlen, so Richard could have a 3-way with them?
The Creator of the Universe appears in human form - that of Kesha Castle-Hughes , to be precise. She puts the Seeker on trial - the standard excuse for a clip show.
A magician kidnaps Kahlen and Cara. He wants revenge for the death of his five sons, killed in action serving in the local Militia. They were drafted by lottery, like the maiden sacrifice in Dragonslayer . The hostage-taker insists that the lottery was rigged to keep out some chinless wonders who were unfit for military service. Even if this were the case, with their families providing money (for armour and weapons) rather than service ... was this a bad thing? A better way would be to accept volunteers, of course, and if too many volunteer than have a volunteer-only lottery.
The two babes are trapped in a tomb, running out of air. They try to save air by having a catfight.
Richard and Zedd accidentally release a creature that looks like a Mummy. It is not a lumbering zombie - it has wire-fu powers and can use its bandages like Spiderman's web-casters. In fact, it turns out to be like the symbiote in Spiderman 3 - and Zedd gets possessed by it.
Darken Rahl discovers the whereabouts of his father. Yes, Richard's dad faked his death and has been living in a cave for decades. Rahl tells Zedd's brother, who teams up with the wizard. As they go on their venegeance quest, they provide exposition on the backstory through flashbacks.
The Seeker, Confessor and Mord Sith continue. They luckily bump into John Rhys Davies ( Sliders ), a scholar who has discovered the location of an instruction manual for using the magic stone to seal the rift. They go on a quest of their own.
Darken Rahl plans to return to the world of the living. His General and a new clan of Mord Sith have a look-alike named Walter. They can kill Walter, then return Darken Rahl's soul to the new body …
The Seeker makes a deal with his former arch-enemy. Only Darken Rahl can get the scroll from the Daharan General.
Zedd casts a spell on Cara. If she never became a Mord Sith, then the Seeker could have brainwashed Darken Rahl and his minions. The world would be safe. But it all goes wrong ...
The Seeker and his crew get the chance to heal the rift. But Sister Nikki sends the Confessor against him.