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The buildings looked new too, and the town square was too level for a poor mountain settlement. And a certain peasant character had far too many different outfits.

But overall I enjoyed the first episode. I think I might be the only person here who hasn't read the books!

NB, Am I the only one who don't think using magic to heat bath water, whilst you are in the bath, is a wise idea?
They aren't a poor mountain settlement, but more along the line of a prosperous, but isolated, farming town from the 18th/19th century. The author described the world as being 18th century without gunpowder - clocks and printed books are common, for example (we'll probably see a lot of printed books in a few episodes when a certain character who is a book-lover is introduced).

For those who are trained, using the Power to heat bathwater is, well, a very common usage of it.
 

Ryujin

Legend
They aren't a poor mountain settlement, but more along the line of a prosperous, but isolated, farming town from the 18th/19th century. The author described the world as being 18th century without gunpowder - clocks and printed books are common, for example (we'll probably see a lot of printed books in a few episodes when a certain character who is a book-lover is introduced).

For those who are trained, using the Power to heat bathwater is, well, a very common usage of it.
I've had D&D characters use cantrips and rituals for the same sort of thing. What else is minor magic for, other than making your clothes sparkling clean while your fellow party members are still coated in the grime from the latest sewer?
 




Bladesinger

Explorer
As someone who has read the books, the changes to who the Dragon might be is very non-sensical, as well as what I 'Think' is going to be a change to the One Power itself. Moiraine thinks one of the girls can be the Dragon, but that makes ZERO sense in light of how the One Power is supposed to work and why men can't use it.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
As someone who has read the books, the changes to who the Dragon might be is very non-sensical, as well as what I 'Think' is going to be a change to the One Power itself. Moiraine thinks one of the girls can be the Dragon, but that makes ZERO sense in light of how the One Power is supposed to work and why men can't use it.
There's a spoilers thread here if you'd like to discuss things like this. :)

 


Finished all three episodes. As a book reader I don't know how I feel about the changes yet.

I do dislike the costumes. At one point you see dudes walking around with puffy North Face jackets and brimmed mining hats. It's got a "elves with hoodies" MTV Shannara thing going on right now.
It just has an anachronistic feel overall to me. Some of the sets just don’t do it for me.

I don’t buy any of them as medieval peasants. I would prefer more grit?

but I am happy to have wizards and warriors ans monsters…I am watching with family so that is a plus. I will ignore these things and try to get into the story.

but not enjoying the aesthetics much
 

It just has an anachronistic feel overall to me. Some of the sets just don’t do it for me.

I don’t buy any of them as medieval peasants. I would prefer more grit?

but I am happy to have wizards and warriors ans monsters…I am watching with family so that is a plus. I will ignore these things and try to get into the story.

but not enjoying the aesthetics much
They aren't medieval. This is post-apocalyptic. The equivalent time frame that they've gotten back to is basically 18th century without gunpowder (other than fireworks), with such things as clocks and printed books being common. Think of them more of a prosperous US frontier town than a medieval peasant village.
 

Ryujin

Legend
They aren't medieval. This is post-apocalyptic. The equivalent time frame that they've gotten back to is basically 18th century without gunpowder (other than fireworks), with such things as clocks and printed books being common. Think of them more of a prosperous US frontier town than a medieval peasant village.
In the first episode there's a landscape that I would swear looks like decaying and overgrown towers froma large, modern city.
 


Stalker0

Legend
So my take, it was…fine. Not amazing, but enjoyable. It’s not GOT, and I think the issue is they are sacrificing character development for action.

that said, apparantely they spent 10 MILLION dollars an episode. Now for that money…no, this is not good quality.
 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
Huh. I clearly wasn't paying attention during the opening exposition. Missed that fact completely!
They may have skipped that bit: that's pretty deep dive stuff in the books: the Age of Legends that ended 3000 years before this story was preceded by a nuclear war in "our world." many thousands of years prior.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
They may have skipped that bit: that's pretty deep dive stuff in the books: the Age of Legends that ended 3000 years before this story was preceded by a nuclear war in "our world." many thousands of years prior.
Definitely don't recall anything about that.
 


Huh. I clearly wasn't paying attention during the opening exposition. Missed that fact completely!
There was, as another poster noted, a shot of overgrown skyscrapers near the start of the first episode. There's also an animated short on Amazon X-Ray that mentions just how advanced the Time of Legends was (for those that don't know, if you click on X-Ray during an episode, each episode has like a 3 - 5 minute animated short associated with each episode: Episode 1 had the Breaking of the World, Episode 2 had the Fall of Manetheren, and Episode 3 has one on Warders).

Just how advanced the world was previously hasn't really been focused on yet, but expect that to change as we get more in future episodes.
 

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