The Lord of the Rings is a popular story that has been told and retold. But what if it were turned into an MMORPG? What would this game be like? The Dragon Reborn takes you on an epic journey to Middle-Earth, with plenty of focus on roleplaying your character’s origin as well as combat against foes both familiar and unfamiliar.
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The Wheel of Time on Amazon seems to be one of those series that gets better with each passing episode. And The Dragon Reborn has the potential to be the finest yet. Logain Ablar emerges on the scene, claiming to be the genuine dragon reborn, with Moiraine already eyeing five contenders for the title. The fact that he’s already capable of channeling and controlling his magical skills puts him one step ahead of the competition. Of course, the topic that everyone is debating is if Logain is who he claims to be.
To make the solution less evident to non-readers, director Wayne Kip and writer Dave Hill (who has previously worked on Game of Thrones) offer Logain a brief biography in a prologue. We get a peek of Logain’s channeling talents, as well as clues that the power is driving him mad, as it does for all males who can channel. But, when he implores the royal guards to join him in his effort to restore the world to its pre-doom level of affluence and stop the war, we sense a nobility in him. This creates an interesting conundrum for viewers who can now reason with Logain’s statements, a conflict that continues throughout the program.
After the magnificent prologue, the most of the hour is spent incarcerating Logain. We learn more and more about the world in which our characters live as a result of this process. Trapping Logain saps the Aes Sedai’s energy, therefore they employ their magic in pairs rather than alone to get around it. We also learn more about the Aes Sedai’s hues and what red, green, and blue mean. On the bylanes, we’re taught about the importance of the bond between a Warden and his Sedai, which transcends that of parents and children or even spouses. One of the most often lauded elements of The Wheel of Time is the world-building and its subtleties, and I’m delighted that showrunner Rafe Judkins is taking his time with it rather than racing through one action scene after another.
Alvaro Morte does a fantastic job channeling Logain with the scant conversation he receives as Logain channels his magic. When he does have a chance to speak, he strikes the perfect blend of nobility and composure, with a dash of crazy thrown in for good measure. Given that we’re meant to think he’s the one while also being driven mad by his abilities, Morte expertly walks the line between rationality and insanity. At the same time, he is noble enough to persuade you to join him while also portraying a craziness that will make you stay away and see through his deception. Fans of the book will be able to discern how successfully he was cast, but he captures the core deception of Logain really effectively.
The plot structure remains the same as it was in Episode 3 — swinging between pairs of character interactions. After a rocky start in the last episode, Nynaeve starts to warm up to Lan in the camp where Logain is being imprisoned. This is when she begins to see Lan as a person, with his concern for others, faith, and a sliver of his virtuousness coming through. Nynaeve sees in Lan a noble Warden whose best interests are completely aligned with Moiraine’s and who would go to extraordinary lengths to defend her. She also gets a better grasp of their link, and why he can’t sleep at night while Moiraine is in pain. It allows her to perceive Lan as a person, which is crucial in the episode’s conclusion.
Meanwhile, Egwene and Perryn continue their road journey with the Tinkers, and Egwene and Illa have a heart-to-heart about their vow of nonviolence. Illa’s narrative of their daughter who died as a result of violence and their awareness that it never benefits anybody is one of the show’s most moving moments. Illa touches Egwene while discussing the Way of the Leaf’s nonviolent ways of continuing their trip, casting a profound shadow on an already guilt-ridden Perryn, for whom this exact violence and wrath lost him his wife. Maria Doyle Kennedy gives a stunning portrayal that makes you feel for her and her unnamed kid despite having only spent a few minutes with her. Kip’s direction and Hill’s writing are both excellent, with non-distracting photography and a poignant soundtrack by Lorne Balfe.
Mat and Rand go on with new stranger Thom and seek sanctuary in a barn as Egwene goes through her emotional trip. Mat’s feelings for his younger sisters are reaffirmed once again when he warms up to the little girl in the barn who presents him a (very eerie-looking) doll. Mat goes insane and slaughters everyone around him off-screen, including this small girl, in yet another awful event that we don’t have enough time to properly comprehend, much as Thom tells to Rand about his nephew who was driven insane due to channeling talents that he gained. The trio flees swiftly, but The Wheel of Time fails to capitalize on some well-written material by having them rush away from the location instead of allowing Mat to remain and contemplate the tragedy of what he’s just done. It makes me question whether all five potentials will be plagued at some time by ghosts of their pasts, by the lives they end up living along the path, and only the Dragon Reborn will be able to overcome their anxieties and rise above the challenge.
It all culminates in an epic clash between the Aes Sedai and Logain, with the latter’s men storming in hordes to his rescue. After a few turns, Nynaeve is ultimately able to unleash her inner skills and knock everyone out, the finale will leave you breathless. During the episode, it was suggested that the true Dragon Reborn would have so much strength that they could easily knock out and gentle Logain on his own. Of course, the episode leaves us wondering as to whether we’ve finally found our messaih or is this yet another red herring to hold us for a season or two until the real crusader is revealed. In any case, considering that we’re just four episodes in, the build-up to the eventual confrontation and its resolution worked out really well. If the program runs for another 8 or 10 seasons, I can only picture what the ultimate epic clash will be like.
As the series progresses, the narrative develops and becomes more entertaining, dark, dramatic, and epic. This has been a steady upward trend, and I have a feeling it will take some time for another episode to equal this one’s quality. To summarize, if the series can sustain this level of narrative, smooth out the wrinkles in its pace, and find a pleasant cadence that doesn’t depend on the need to cram too much action into each episode, we might be in for a fantastic fantasy epic.
Season 1 Episode 4 of The Wheel of Time received a 9.0 out of 10 rating.
Here’s a link to my review of the last episode.
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