Episode 16: A Family Affair (spoilers)

Richard Cypher, a once happy woods guide, now Seeker, is in charge of the fate of world as he knows it. To make matters even more complicated, he finds out that his age old mentor Zedd is in fact his grandfather, meets his mother for the first time then sees her die and finds out he has a sister who unlike him is immune to anything magic.

A lot to take in for simple woods guide, dont you think? Although not too much for Richard! This episode shows us a side to Richard that lets us see him as the rare person he really is. His uncanny ability to show compassion to all is put to the test as he once again tries to save everyone around him, including Denna, the Mord Sith that used to torture him.

This episode is action packed, most notably the scene where Richard strikes up a deal with the devil ... or in this case a Mord Sith. He arranges terms with Denna that in exchange for the third box of Orden she wants, she must help him get the other two. The situation forces Richard to put all three boxes of Orden together in order to stop Denna and her torturous ways. The power of Orden takes hold of Richard and transforms him into the very opposite person he is, full of vengeance and rage. His newly discovered sister, Jensen, takes apart the boxes of Orden and gets Richard out of his evil trance.

Overall, this episode was fierce and banging with full throttle action. There wasnt that much Kahlan-Richard chemistry but the plot line sure did make up for it. Where are the Seeker, Mother Confessor and Wizard of the First Order off too next? I may not know but I can only hope they will walk into another extraordinary adventure for episode 17.

Let me know what you guys think ...

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Mar 22, 2009 4:51PM EDT

This was the first episode that I went wow how could they do that with the book series, that was a major chunk of plot used up in one horu, LOL. Unfortunately for the books I liked Jensen better in this episode than in them,(I hated her and that stupid goat for years). This is way different than the book series. In fact it jumps ahead to ,Pillars of Creation, and the final book ,Confessor. The boxes of Orden were not put together until the end of the ,Confessor, and was the basis of the final trilogy. This leaves me utterly and completely confused in how the show is going to progress into the next season. Now that I've reasoned that this show is utterly and completely detached form the books other than involving some of the same characters, (its hard to forget them). This leaves the show unpredictable, but I have faith in Goodkinds writing ability to make it work. After all who wants to watch reruns of the books, anyhow. So, this episode is intriguing in two ways if you are a fan of the show and haven't read the books your wondering where Richard and Kahlan are off to next and if you have read the books your wondering who or whats going to turn up next. Neat concept that keeps it fresh.

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Mar 22, 2009 8:01PM EDT

I completely agree. When the show first started I was a firm believer of them following the book down to the last detail. However I find myself very interested in the plot turn the show has taken. It comes down to the fact that the book AND the show are both really good in their own ways and I definitely recommend getting into both.Cant wait to see what happens next!

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Mar 25, 2009 7:35AM EDT

The plot to this episode annoyed me. It's not the fact that the story strayed from the books, it's the fact that there are little inconsistencies creeping up. Why didn't Richard finish Darken Rahl off when he had the power of Orden? Why didn't he stop the war? This episode had the potential to end the season/whole story - Richard had the power to set everything right, and yet he didn't.
Even if the power of Orden is supposed to corrupt in the TV series, wouldn't it be worth 5 minutes corruption to rid the world of Darken Rahl?
The TV series has been a bit of a let down for me I am afraid. I loved the books, though the reason I dislike the series isn't the fact that the plot is different from in the books. I don't like the fact that the TV series is aimed at a younger audience than the books. The series isn't nearly as dark as I hoped it would be.
The books to me were very chilling. A dark world with a glimmer of hope. The philosophies and the concepts were fresh and invigorating. The TV series doesn't have that refreshing originality.

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