Monday, September 14, 2020

The Letter for the King - Storm Clouds Gather

One episode in, The Letter for the King feels like you basic knights and destiny story of warring kingdoms and a destiny to be fulfilled. Based on the 1962 Dutch novel De brief voor de Koning by Tonke Dragt, the first episode introduces us to completely unprepared knight initiate Tiuri (Amir Wilson) who only makes it through the trials by his stepfather (David Wenham) bribing his last opponent. This doesn't earn him friendship or respect from the other initiates. Elsewhere a warmongering prince (Gijs Blom) pushes further south than any has gone before. The southern lands, where Tiuri and his mother (Kemi-Bo Jacobs) are from, are falling quickly to the prince's army. However, prophecy tells of a warrior who will turn the tide.

The two stories intertwine on the initiates' final night when Tiuri leaves the chapel, breaking the rules for the entire group, to answer a plea for help where he is given a letter to the king by an injured knight chased across the lands by red riders. We are also given a clue to Tiuri's true parentage, and further connection to events in the south, by the matching emblems worn by both is biological father and a southern shaman who is killed by the prince. Presented with a horse and a task he knows not how to fulfill, Tiuri must stay alive long enough to deliver the letter. Likely just is daunting, will be by ability to stick with the show through an entire season.

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