The genre of high fantasy became the favorite one among readers all over the world again in the 70s of the previous century. At that time such author as Terry Brooks penned the series of novels titled The Shannara Chronicles.
The great interest led to appearing a large number of film adaptations of famous novels including Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth, The Hobbit, and other franchises. This could not but gladden and increase the success of the genre. The serial under discussion is another TV adaptation that makes us penetrate into the world of elves and demons.
The story is tailored to a young audience. The MTV channel arranged the first season premiere in January 2016. Farrah Films, Milla Gough Ink, Raygun One, Sonar Entertainment, and MTV Production Development complete the list of companies behind the production of this cinematographic product. Alfred Gough and Miles Miller serve as scriptwriters who have adapted the novel to a screen version. The acting cast contains the following names:
- Austin Butler,
- Manu Bennett,
- Ivana Baquero,
- Poppy Drayton,
- Emilia Burns and others.
The story portrays the world of the Races time. Wil is a half-human and half-elf; he sets out on a dangerous trip together with elf princess Amberie and human girl Eretria following the purpose of protecting the ancient tree from dying. What can this death mean? Specifically, it leads to demons penetrating into their world. This can destroy it once and for all.
The series is shot in traditional scenery in New Zealand. There the majority of fantastic movies have been filmed. The first season is grounded on the second novel. If to concretize the genre relations, it should be mentioned that the series is a mixture of heroic fantasy and techno-fantasy with post-apocalyptic speckles.
Favorable Response From Critics
The first season release date is January 5, 2016. The finale was launched in March this year. The response from viewers is inspiring indeed. On IMDb, the score equals 7.9 out of 10. The audience garnered in each new episode constitutes about 1 million people.
There is always a fly in the ointment. Here it is the critical point that the TV adaptation is not of a high quality as the source material is. However, this is the point for another discussion. What do you think of it? Does the quality of the TV series correspond to the one that is peculiar for the book series?
Yet in spring 2016, MTV announced that the second season would be launched come rain or shine. When will the next season air date be announced? Fortunately, it is very close to us as the premiere can be scheduled already for January 2017. So, be ready for upcoming news! Stay tuned for The Shannara Chronicles season 2 release date!