Legend of Earthsea

Zulithe

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I kept seeing commercials for this in the evenings on broadcast TV (I don't have cable), and while the CGI definitely screamed of cheesiness, it did catch my attention. Just curious what others are thinking, and if you are looking forward to this four-hour miniseries.

From the website ...
An angry, headstrong youth, whose magical power could rival that of the greatest wizards....

A beautiful young priestess, introduced to evil....

A warrior king who wields words and weapons with equal force....

All on a world of islands and incantations, mystics and maidens, prophesies and power. All on a world called EARTHSEA.

The SCI FI Original Miniseries Legend of Earthsea will premiere as a two-night television event in December 2004. The four-hour coming-of-age fantasy stars Shawn Ashmore as the young mage-in-training Ged; Kristin Kreuk as the priestess Tenar; Isabella Rossellini as High Priestess Thar; and Danny Glover as the master wizard Ogion. Produced by Hallmark Entertainment in association with Bender-Brown Productions, Legend of Earthsea is written by Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon) for executive producers Robert Halmi, Sr. (Merlin, Gulliver's Travels, Animal Farm), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) and Kevin Kelly Brown (Roswell).

Adapted from the award-winning Earthsea novels by Ursula K. Le Guin, this epic fantasy follows the tale of a reckless youth destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical world of Earthsea has ever known. When the difficult and rebellious Ged discovers the extent of his magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts — and his own impulses as well. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death's threshold and ultimately wield the power to reunite a planet.

Frequently mentioned in the company of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis's Narnia, Earthsea is thought to be one of the great fantasy creations. Le Guin, beloved by readers of all ages, has received accolades including five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards and the National Book Award. The Earthsea books have been translated into 16 languages, with millions of copies in print.
Site: http://earthsea.scifi.com
 

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Zulithe

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"Would it kill you to watch?"

Would it kill you to read even the first sentence of my post. :p

And LrdApoc, thanks for the link
 


Ranger REG

Explorer
Zulithe said:
"Would it kill you to watch?"

Would it kill you to read even the first sentence of my post. :p
I did. I only noticed the "cheesiness" part. :p

I'd rather reserve my judgment until I watched it.
 
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Fast Learner

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I've not read the books, but I quite enjoyed it. Not a masterpiece or anything, but certainly a good time. I look forward to tomorrow night's conclusion.
 
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The Serge

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Utter cheese. This was really, really lousy. The acting was atrocious. I gave up after the first half-hour. The manner in which the characters (aside from Glover's character) were introduced was really lacksidasical. Won't be watching the rest of it.
 

Laurel

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The Computer Graphics definitly needed work, and no the acting wasn't great. But it was what I expected from a SciFi miniseries- an overall okay feel.

Apparently it devates from the books and meshes lots of things together and addes lots of stuff in, but I can only take the word of my husband till I read the books next month. Did Le Guin have anything to do with the actual production/direction of the show?
Did anyone else notice a lot the same last name combos in the credits?
 

Mystery Man

First Post
I like it!

It certainly was not on the level of the LoTR series in CGI or acting...BUT...it was not Dungeons and Dragons so going by that scale of criteria, it was pretty darn good.
 

Hand of Evil

Adventurer
Epic
Found it so so, it did not hold my attention, acting weak and nothing to standout in the characters, part of this I think is do to them building to climix by jumping over devolopment, both of story and character because it is only a four hour mini-series (160 minutes (2.5 hours) after commericals)).
 

Barendd Nobeard

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Laurel said:
Did Le Guin have anything to do with the actual production/direction of the show?
No. There's a small story on her in this week's Entertainment Weekly. Bascially, she said that they totally missed the point of the books, but she didnt' seem to care since the books will last much longer than the t.v. movie.
 

Truth Seeker

Adventurer
I'm watching it now...the urge to erase the tape, is creating muscle spams.

What is...Sci Fic thinking.

*For the respect of the author and the actors involved, will finish in seeing it *
 

Storm Raven

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Laurel said:
Apparently it devates from the books and meshes lots of things together and addes lots of stuff in, but I can only take the word of my husband till I read the books next month. Did Le Guin have anything to do with the actual production/direction of the show?

No, and it shows. As a rendition of the story of Earthsea, the miniseries ranges from "embarassingly bad" to "offensive". Changes ranging from the incomprehensible and minor reversal of Ged/Sparrowhawk's true name and use name, to completely changing the nature of the priestesses on Atuan from worshipping the power of the nameless ones to defending against them to the introduction of the entire "King Tygarth the Conquerer" silliness.

The characters in the miniseries have similar names to those in the book. Other than that, they pretty much monkeyed with (and in many cases completely removed or added) everything else.
 


Storm Raven

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Mystery Man said:
I found it watchable and entertaining.

Note that I didn't say that it was a poor television story. I said as a rendition of the story of Earthsea it was embarassingly bad to offensive. Let me also add, after watching the second part, the description of "incomprehensible", given that the story's resolution makes no sense.
 
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Truth Seeker

Adventurer
Breaking a long tradition of not buying books for anything translated to TV. I will be buying the books to see the truth on what the premise is truly.

Wow, never has anything of this nature, has ever made me do that.

Visual good looking...but the directors, the producers, and the screenplay writers, need to have their brains and -----, just that...wash with soap.

Unbelieveable scalpping was done here, just unreal.
 
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