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Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands.
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Series cast summary:
 Wil Ohmsford (11 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Eretria (11 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Allanon (11 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Ander Elessedil (11 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Amberle Elessedil (10 episodes, 2016)
 Commander Tilton (10 episodes, 2016)
 Bandon (9 episodes, 2016-2017)
 The Dagda Mor (9 episodes, 2016)
 Arion Elessedil (8 episodes, 2016)
 Eventine Elessedil (8 episodes, 2016)
 Catania (8 episodes, 2016)
 Cephelo (7 episodes, 2016)
Joshua Randall ...
 Reaper / ... (7 episodes, 2016)
 Slanter (6 episodes, 2016)
Miranda Wilson ...
 Kael / ... (6 episodes, 2016)
Shushila Takao ...
 Changeling (5 episodes, 2016)


An Elvish tree, known as the Ellcrys, is dying. The bad news is that the tree has been the only piece of magic that protects the Four Lands from the Demon World. Amberle Elessedil is the only one who can save the tree. But she has to unlock magic that the Elves haven't used in thousands of years. With the help of Wil Ohmsford, she travels to find the lost magic. But it won't be an easy task. Written by Chris Green

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5 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Shannara  »

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John Rhys-Davies plays the Elven king Eventine Ellessedil. Previously he also played Gimli in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. J.R.R. Tolkien's book heavily influenced Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara book series upon which the television series is based. See more »


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Pleasantly surprised, rarely disappointed!
6 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who has read almost every book in the Shannara series multiple times, I can understand why there is such an uproar about this show being picked up by MTV. However, after last night's two hour premiere I found myself very excited about this series. Now for a quick breakdown of what I liked and disliked:

The Bad: As this is an MTV series, it is VERY geared toward the young adult audience. This much is apparent right off the bat. Now while this is a slight "con" for me as I am no longer a young adult, it could certainly be conceived as a "pro" for those young adults who strive to watch more on their favorite TV channel than pregnant teens and gyrating pop stars. That being said, there were some very cheesy conversations and "Twilight-y" moments, but not enough to be overwhelming.

The Good: The Shannara Chronicles is chock-full of spectacle. The sets are detailed and immense, the characters are intriguing, and the CGI is magnificent without being overbearing. The two standouts for me are Allanon and the Dagda Mor. Manu Bennett conveys just the right amount of power and mystery. The Dagda Mor could be one of the coolest villains I've seen in quite a while, and that's just based on what little we've seen of him so far. Another surprising treat is the music. Hard to explain, but to me it just feels like a perfect fit so far.

I hold a lot of hope for this series. Even though it's been noticeably MTV'd, there is plenty there for fans of the books and discerning viewers looking for something original and entertaining. So give it a solid chance, go in with no expectations or preconceived notions, and I think you too will find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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