More ‘Sword and Science‘ than ‘Sword and Sorcery‘; THE WHEEL OF TIME is an engaging, complex, and coherent fantasy world. Fans of the books seem generally displeased with the series’ divergence from the original, but fans of any book are almost never happy with the film or TV show made from it. Not having read the fourteen novels (but having read quite a lot about them) the fidelity of the show to the original material is not (for me) something of concern. But some worrisome things were pointed out in an article by Allison Flood in The Guardian titled: “Too much bosom: why The Wheel of Time is far from ‘great for women’“, which said (about the books): “…women are always thinking about how they look and what they’re wearing — or frequently what they’re not wearing…As one of the main characters puts it: ‘If the world is ending, a woman would want time to fix her hair.'” Flood cites this short passage: “He sounded like a bumblebee the size of a cat instead of a mastiff.” as one example (among others) of the novels’ questionable prose. Continue reading →
“The Wheel doesn’t want anything. It can’t. Any more than a river or the rain can want something.”
Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) have been joined by Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins). Nyaeve was believed to have been killed in the Trolloc attack on Two Rivers, but escaped when her captors turned on each other. The trio encounter Leandrin and her band of Aes Sedai, and we find out that the war in Ghealdan (referred to in earlier episodes) was caused by Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte) a man who believes himself to be the Dragon Reborn. Logain was captured by Leandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) and is caged and under constant restraint. Continue reading →
Egwene (Madeleine Madden) and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) are still traveling with Ila (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and her band of nomads. Just as they get within sight of the White Tower they encounter the Children of the Light led by Eamon Valda (Abdul Salis), who recognizes Egwene and Perrin. (He encountered them a few episodes ago when they were riding with Moiraine.) Valda does not believe in coincidence, and is convinced that destiny has brought these two to his attention. He captures them and gives Egwene a choice. If she channels, he will kill her and let Perrin go. If she does not channel, Perrin will die and she will be released. (Valda is something of a sadist. In the first episode, we got to see him watch an Aes Sedai burn at the stake while he ate dinner.) Continue reading →
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