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The Shannara Chronicles

Season 1
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Thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, Earth is divided into what is known as the Four Lands, whose inhabitants are a mix of races including elves, dwarves, trolls, gnomes and humans.  At the center is the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
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DramaFantasyAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Chosen, Part 1
    25 February 2016
    41min
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    Thousands of years after the fall of Humankind as we know it the Four Lands is in grave danger. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an unlikely trio: an Elvin Princess who dreams of a life outside the palace walls, a beautiful, wild and wily Human Rover and a half-elf who knows nothing of the great destiny that runs through his veins.
  2. 2. Chosen, Part 2
    3 March 2016
    42min
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    Having seen an apocalyptic vision of the world's destruction, Amberle leaves the palace in search of answers. But when Wil and Allanon realize that only is the key to saving the Four Lands, they set out to find the Princess before the Dagda Mor's Demons hunt her down first.
  3. 3. Fury
    6 January 2016
    42min
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    After Allanon is gravely injured, Wil and Amberle are kidnapped by Eretria and Cephalo while returning to the palace. But the Rovers are the least of their worries -Wil must learn how to use the Elfstones before a bloodthirsty Fury kills them all.
  4. 4. Changeling
    6 January 2016
    41min
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    While Amberle embarks on a deadly task to prove her worth to the Ellcrys, the Dagda Mor sends the Changeling, an ancient, shape-shifting Demon, to kill her and anyone in its way. But when a demon can take shape of anyone in the palace, finding it won't be easy.
  5. 5. Reaper
    26 January 2016
    41min
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    Amberle, Wil and Eretria are forced to overcome their differences to survive the perils of their quest, including the nightmarish Reaper. At the palace, Ander attempts to recruit help from an unlikely ally to find the Dagda Mor - his brother's murderer, Slanter, a Gnome assassin.
  6. 6. Pykon
    2 February 2016
    42min
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    On the run from the relentless Reaper, Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in Pykon, a snowy Elvin outpost that houses a grisly secret. Meanwhile, Ander and Slanter make a devastating discovery about the Dagda Mor's forces.
  7. 7. Breakline
    9 February 2016
    42min
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    Amberle and Eretria run from bloodthirsty Elf Hunters who relish in cutting off elves' ears for fun, while Wil searches for them with the help of an unexpected friend. At the palace, the King sends Ander and Arion to assassinate the Dagda Mor - with devastating consequences.
  8. 8. Utopia
    16 February 2016
    41min
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    Wil and Amberle desperately search for Eretria to save her from the vicious elf hunters who kidnapped her. Little do they know, she's stumbled upon a secret settlement of Humans and may finally feel like she belongs. But their utopia is much more than meets the eyes. Meanwhile, Allanon must inspire Ander to accept his destiny.
  9. 9. Safehold
    23 February 2016
    41min
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    With time running out, Wil, Amberle and Eretria must cross ancient Human ruins to reach the Bloodfire. But a nefarious evil stands in their way, testing their friendship and manipulating them against each other. At the palace, Allanon and Ander stave off a coup while facing the imminent attack from the Dagda Mor and his army.
  10. 10. Ellcrys
    1 March 2016
    42min
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    Wil and Amberle race to reach the Ellcrys while Allanon and Ander lead the Elvin army in an epic battle against the Dagda Mor and his Demon horde. But the cost of their quest could prove too great, altering everyone's destinies forever.
  11. 101. The Shannara Chronicles: Official Trailer
    5 January 2016
    1min
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    Official trailer for the epic new series THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES.

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Producers
Dan FarahTerry BrooksEugene SteinStewart TillJon FavreauJonathan LiebesmanAlfred GoughMiles Millar
Season year
2016
Network
Sonar Entertainment
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4.2 out of 5 stars

446 global ratings

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Mr. D. L. ReesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
ESCAPISM FOR TEENS SIMPLY WISHING TO SIT BACK AND RELAX
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For centuries their protector, the elves' Ellcrys Tree is now shedding its leaves. When the last one falls, demons will rise and all others die. It is up to young Wil, Amberle and Eretria to save the day. Here are their adventures - formidable challenges amid many deaths.

If so inclined, critics will have a field day pinpointing weaknesses. There are plenty of those. Dialogue often trite with much flippant teen-speak. Some of the acting just about enough to get by. Certain sequences loosely contrived (including blanketing snow when immediately before and afterwards so summerlike). Eye candy a feature, male torsos much in evidence.

Others will be more positive, they declaring an overall likeability, a disarming innocence. Set well into the future, the series visually impresses - atmospheric, not quite of this world, interesting species depicted now most humans have gone. Pleasing the feminists, here is ample proof that Amberle and Eretria are more than a match for any mere male. Wil, recently orphaned, is the last of the illustrious Shannara family - yet to discover the awesome power of the four blue Elf Stones he carries. Undeniable assets are Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies, they adding substance as Druid and Elf King.

True to the books? That is for others to say, I never having read them.

Ten episodes (if the double length first is regarded as two). Alas no bonuses.

Many may enjoy the series more than expected. I did.
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CleoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
I like the adaptation of Terry Brooks's books
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I like the adaptation of Terry Brooks's books, but it's a bit of a bumpy ride at times.....Elfs with pointy ears, trolls, and demons are nothing new to us nowadays. In fact, after Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Game of Thrones we are so used to these characters in an adventure series that it almost spoils this one....It's nothing new, just someone re-inventing the wheel under another name in Shannara. Some of the characters are not so believable either ; take Will for example - a clumsy and ordinary boy which is supposed to be the last of his kind of a family that possesses magic of the kind that can only exist thousands of years into the future. Miscast and with too much pink on his pouting lips, he is the least believable of them all. I cannot take him serious, and he drags down the series into the world of teenage land, like in a Soap opera on TV when it's performing at it's worst....If you're 12 and like Boy bands, you will love Will...I think it would be a better experience for adults to stick to the Terry Brook books on this occasion. Here's hoping that Season 2 is more believable, but one thing is clear ; it will never be as good as Game of Thrones!!
5 people found this helpful
Mr. A WestonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A nice adaptation of the original Elfstones of Shannara
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Having read the Elfstones of Shannara many years ago upon which the first series is based, I had to say I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it's different to the book and branches off along a different road to suit the television adaptation, but it still manages to gel nevertheless.
Many people will compare this to Lord of the Rings. Try not to. Although there are elves, trolls, dwarves etc...these creatures are vastly different to those you find in Tolkien's adaptation. Descended from the mutated human survivors of a future holocaust, the Shannara races are littered with the flaws and frailties of their original progenitors. And it shows. That adds a sense of realism I found rather refreshing, as the elves don't rush to the rescue with superhuman grace. The dwarves aren't stolidly dependable. And the humans...well. They screw everything up as they usually do.
Overall, an enjoyable effort that pleases and leaves you looking forward to what comes next.
2 people found this helpful
andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
DEMONIC vs DRUID.
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Its certainly different,the special effects are very good in it.
I find it similar to the 100,except its more mythical, with things like, evil druids, trolls , changelings ,gnomes,elves,and the most ugly creatures, called the fury, which rip their victims to pieces.
I have only watched 3 or 4 episodes so far,but i think its really very good.
Anyway from what i can gather ,judging by some of the cars you see littered here and there ,the world seems to have developed into something different,after some sort of war, probably caused by these evil creatures that had somehow overrun the world,or maybe it was something else.
As far as the story goes,the elves have like a tree of very ancient knowledge and probably thousands of years old,and for some reason its started to die,and every time a leaf falls off of it, a portal is opened up, and releases yet another evil creature into the world.
Its the elf princess, a druid, and half human, and half elf mans job to take the seed from the tree, and plant it into something called the blood fire.
Ive only sort of got this far with it at the moment,but its certainly looking to be an extremely good story.
You can always watch the first two episodes for free, and draw your own conclusions.
Dharric RolyatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 August 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Picks up the threads of Game of Thrones, but draws its own conclusions
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I read the books a long time ago. Now that fantasy has become a mainstream TV thing we get another glossy, high production values show. This strays from the books a lot and the writing is a little goofy at times. The cast give good performances, the romantic sub plots are awkward but played with brio. The good outweighs the bad and this has eventually found its feet. Hopefully a second season will allow the kinks to be worked out and allow it to grow in a different direction to Game of Thrones. There's a lot of potential here to be exploited, it just needs a good following wind. This is more family orientated than Game of Thrones and should provide a way in to the books for those interested.
SlowlearnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun adventure yarn with demons and pretty elves and the Shannara (who is male) is really cute!
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I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. The writing is fairly good overall although parts of the story are very reminiscent of other fantasy adventures, but the pretty men and women and the excellent pacing with each episode adding to the story rather than getting lost in a digression as sometimes happens make this well worth seeing.

Don't expect too much and you might be pleasantly surprised!
4 people found this helpful
CarrickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Made for TV
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Low production values, lightweight screen writing-dialogue, so-so acting, costumes-make up middling-poor. The plot is pretty much as per books, and for a fan of those it'll satisfy. If you are looking for epic fantasy you'll not find it here. Still not a total failure, but hard to see where the justification for series 2 came from!

Catch on the fly, why not; borrow not buy if you must.
Paulone Giovanni AlbertoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
... trasposition of the book of Terry Brooks and a good way to approach the series for the first time
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An enjoyable trasposition of the book of Terry Brooks and a good way to approach the series for the first time... BUT...if you are a fan of Terry Brooks and you already know the Shannara storyline you will be a little disappointed because the liberty that the they took in the transposition is not really true to the story. Yes I know it says "Inspired by..." but anyway it would have been as in the Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri instead of the devils in the Inferno of the afterlife you found Alien.

All in all, as I said, not bad but neither really good.
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