Legend of the Seeker: "Wizard" Review Season 2, Episode 5

In, "Wizard," the weakest episode to date of Legend of the Seeker's second season, Zedd is caught by a spell that takes away his memory and returns him to a young version of himself. Season two started out with three very good episodes in a row, but the last two have dropped in quality; hopefully this is not a trend that will continue.

It doesn't help that "Wizard" focuses almost entirely on Zedd, the least interesting of the four main characters. Zedd is affected by a spell from the witch Shota, who plans to use his powers to name a new Seeker, replacing Richard. While the young version of Zedd is very believable, he is essentially a one-note character, only interested in self-promotion, as well as catching the eye of Salindra, a prostitute who at first appears to be a refugee from the set of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. At least this time it is expected that we will be annoyed with Zedd, since he lost all sense of humility, wisdom, and knowledge when he became young again. The most amusing aspect of the situation is watching the arrogant young wizard continue to add more and more grandiose titles to his name.

When Zedd stupidly falls for a trap set by Darken Rahl by marching into a nearby rift leading to the Underworld, what should have been a dramatic confrontation between Zedd, Rahl and Richard, is very anticlimactic and our heroes escape Rahl with hardly any effort. In addition, the audience is led to believe that the rift is closing with Zedd and Richard inside, with little hope of them escaping in time. But after the rift closes, Zedd and Richard appear miraculously, although there is no way they were moving quickly enough to actually escape.

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