This review is based on the two hour pilot for The Shannara Chronicles (two n's one r) which aired on January 5th, 2015.
Holy, wow. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I would not have thought that it was possible to bring such an unbelievable production to a TV format. The Shannara Chronicles has the set design, costume design, CG, concept art and character writing of a super high-budget hollywood movie. You can REALLY tell just how much work was put into it, and frankly, it's pretty spectacular. Produced and directed by the same team that did the breathtaking action series "Into the Badlands" on AMC earlier this year, The Shannara Chronicles is the return of the fantasy adventure that the current TV landscape was severely lacking. Not since The Legend of The Seeker has there been a fantasy epic gracing our TV's but with the Shannara Chronicles, and the upcoming Xena remake, fantasy will once again take hold on our screens. Production value and aesthetic aside, I found the Shanarra Chronicles very enjoyable. I am not familiar with the books in any capacity, but the setting wasn't too distant from your traditional fantasy world, and most of the rules of magic seem to hold true so it was easy to get into and accept. It takes place in the future where Humans have died out and 4 new races each live in their own respective lands; Elves, Trolls, Gnomes and Dwarves. So far we've only seen Elves, a Human druid, and a rover (bandit) but if the other races are anything as imaginative and well-executed as the AWESOME DEMONS then I'm sure they will be a welcome addition.
The show features a very good looking young cast of actors as well as the reputable Manu Bennet (Arrow, Lord of the Rings, Spartacus) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, everything else).
I HIGHLY recommend this show for anyone who appreciates fantasy, adventure, a good story, and action.
And did I mention it has awesome demons?