I think I’ve mentioned before that I love the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Of all the fantasy novels I have read, it is my favorite. Needless to say, when I heard it was being made into a TV series, I was excited. And when I heard it was being produced by the same people who produced Hercules and Xena, I was ecstatic! Some of the same characters from Hercules and Xena are in the Legend of the Seeker – Michael Hurst (Iolaus in Hercules) was in an episode of the Seeker; Craig Parker who played Darken Raul played a couple roles in Xena; Jay Laga’iai who played Chase also played Draco in Xena; Jeffrey Thomas was Jason in Hercules and George Cypher in the Seeker; and my favorite, Ted Raimi (also the producer Sam Raimi’s younger brother) who was Joxer in Xena had a couple of roles in the Seeker.
While I enjoyed Legend of the Seeker, I don’t think it lived up to the Sword of Truth series. While I liked the character who played Richard, he just seemed a dimmer version of the Richard in the book. Zed and Darken Raul didn’t quite fit either. Kahlan was the closest in my opinion.
Once I got over the fact that Legend of the Seeker wasn’t going to be like the book, I rather enjoyed it. Season two was more intense and better overall, even though Richard’s beard made me laugh. He was trying so hard to look mature and more serious, but fell short. Of all the episodes in season one and two, my favorite episode was Mirror where a magic mirror turned a couple of con artists into Richard and Kahlan. This episode had a ring of the comedic episodes of Hercules and Xena to it, but it was funnier.
Legend of the Seeker only lasted two season, but people are fighting to bring it back. I hope they do. I, for one, would most definitely watch it. You can purchase Legend of the Seeker, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess on our Amazon site Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Series. And you can purchase the Sword of Truth epic novels by Terry Goodkind on our Amazon site Fantasy Authors.