Saturday, September 12, 2009

Seek a better lead

So have you checked out that syndicated show, Legend of the Seeker? It's another sword and sorcery-type production from Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert's Renaissance Pictures, the outfit behind Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

I've never watched an episode, and I now know why: the lead actor (Craig Horner as Richard Cypher) looks like a total wuss. He may be a decent actor and a nice guy, but good grief he looks like a dude who just blends into the background. He doesn't stand out and command your attention like Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless did on, and as, Herc and Xena. You knew they were the center of their shows. He doesn't scream leader like Jack on Lost, which is a large ensemble show, or, another leader named Jack, Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood. Horner is just blah, and very serious.

And Legend of the Seeker looks like it takes itself VERY seriously, with the "My lord this, and my lord that" and "the wizard fortells the coming of the one who..." Give it a rest Seeky and lighten up a tad. It's funny but one thing I didn't like about Hercules and later Xena, especially Xena, was the often silly/campy tone they took. I am all for humor in dramatic shows, but wacky comedy not so much (unless you start out as a wacky comedy).

Now the blog will get hate mail from Legend of the Seeker fans.

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