Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Shannara Chronicles - Pykon

The company's quest to reach the Wilderun leads Wil (Austin Butler), Amberle (Poppy Drayton), Eretria (Ivana Baquero), Cephelo (James Remar), and the remaining canon-fodder extras into the mountains to the (mostly) abandoned Elven fortress of Pykon. Here they will encounter a single caretaker and his daughter who offer shelter from the storm but have far more notorious plans for the travelers. I am growing a bit concerned with The Lord of the Rings-style wanderings of our group as their goal of reaching the Bloodfire seems further from them with each weekly adventure than closer to a conclusion.

While receiving far less air time, events in the palace actually play a larger role in this week's episode as the Changeling, in the guise of King Eventine Elessedil (John Rhys-Davies), tricks Arion (Daniel MacPherson) into not only retrieving his master's sword from deep within the hidden bowels of the palace but also to take out Allanon (Manu Bennett) and remove a major obstacle to the Dagda Mor (Jed Brophy). From the reaction of fans of the books I understand this is a rather large departure from Terry Brooks' novels, but Allanon's death (if that's what it truly turns out to be) certainly makes sense from the show's perspective in further stacking the deck against our heroes. Ander (Aaron Jakubenko) and Tilton's (Emilia Burns) only underscores that theme as their small group discovers just how large the demon army has grown.

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