All I hear are complaints about this show, and yet no one takes it for what it is. It's a television show based off of a series of books. Now, I don't know about everyone else, but every time I see a T.V. show based on a book, they have had to make changes; a lot of them drastic. I was trying to find a way to say this in a review, but really, Terry Goodkind says it best. Read on please, and understand that nothing can be perfect the way our generation of television watchers demand.
In a letter on Terry Goodkind's home page addressed to the fans he writes, "The nature of TV syndication requires that each week's episode be a story in itself, meaning that while the TV series will follow the background story of the book, it will not be able to follow the book exactly because there would be parts that would make an incomplete episode." and later confirms "Sam Raimi and his team want to keep the TV series true to my vision, so rest assured that I am going to be intimately involved in the writing of each of the episodes. IF YOU LOVE THE BOOK THE WAY IT IS, THEN ENJOY THE BOOK THE WAY IT IS and come to the TV series prepared to ENJOY THE SHOW FOR WHAT IT IS."