Oh my god, we had NO IDEA what we were in for with the series premiere of ‘The Shannara Chronicles.’ MTV’s first fantasy show blew our minds and blew all of our expectations out of the water. Here’s what went down in the mystical, magical world of the Four Lands.
The Shannara Chronicles premiered on MTV on Jan. 5 and we’re still trying to process what we just saw! The magical world of the Four Lands is incredible, with a bad-ass princess, an adorable half-elf, and some honestly terrifying demons. See why the debut of this awesome new show was so epic, here!
Okay, we really didn’t know what to expect from Shannara. MTV has never done a fantasy show before, and this one has so much to live up to! The series, created by Terry Brooks (who also writes the show), has a cult-like fandom (think Harry Potter), and has been around for 30 years. But we were absolutely satisfied, better yet, we were blown away by how right they got it. The show is amazing. But what could we expect with Jon Favreau executive producing? Yeah, the same guy who did Avengers and Iron Man. It’s visually breathtaking, the acting is great, and the story is intriguing – we couldn’t stop watching! So here’s what happened in the premiere.
First we meet the bad-ass Elf princess of Arborlon, Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Crayton). Amberle is the first woman ever to try to run the Gauntlet – a terrifying blindfolded run through a dangerous forest. The first seven people to complete the run become The Chosen, people that are sworn to protect a giant tree called the Ellcrys that magically holds back a horde of demons. Yeah, it’s pretty intense. And Amberle is so awesome that she wins! But that’s when the trouble starts.
Amberle begins having terrible visions of demons killing and feasting on dead Elves. Ick! She doesn’t yet know that her visions should be taken seriously, so she runs away from her home, family, and her hunky beau Lorin because she’s freaked out by the nightmares. Unfortunately in her absence the tree starts to die, releasing horrible monsters into the world! A powerful Druid named Allanon (Manu Bennett) shows up to explain what’s going on to the king and princes.
Meanwhile, a young half-elf named Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) is given three “elfstones” by his dying mother. She says they’re magic but he’s not so sure. And then they get stolen by a sexy Rover (thief) named Eretria (Ivana Baquero) – good going, Wil. But it turns out Wil is very important. He’s the son of one of the world’s greatest heroes, and a direct descendant from a line of Elven royalty! For this reason, Allanon finds him and brings him along on his quest to save the world. Now they just need to find Amberle so they can try to save the Ellcrys – but when they do, a giant flying demon attacks them! We can’t wait until next week to find out how they get themselves out of this jam!
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