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Princess Amberle Elessedil is selected to be a member of the Chosen that cares for the most sacred Elven tree, the Ellcrys. However she is given a vision of the Ellcrys dying, which could mean trouble for the Four Lands.

Director:

Jonathan Liebesman

Writers:

Alfred Gough (created by), Miles Millar (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Austin Butler ... Wil Ohmsford
Poppy Drayton ... Amberle Elessedil
Ivana Baquero ... Eretria
Manu Bennett ... Allanon
James Remar ... Cephelo
Daniel MacPherson ... Arion Elessedil
Jed Brophy ... The Dagda Mor
Brooke Williams ... Catania
Emilia Burns ... Commander Tilton
Mattias Inwood ... Lorin
Sarah Peirse ... Pyria Elessedil
John Rhys-Davies ... Eventine Elessedil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Mitchinson ... Flick Ohmsford
Joshua Randall Joshua Randall ... Nok (as Josh Randall)
Shushila Takao ... Changeling
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Princess Amberle Elessedil is selected to be a member of the Chosen that cares for the most sacred Elven tree, the Ellcrys. However she is given a vision of the Ellcrys dying, which could mean trouble for the Four Lands.

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tree | vision | silver dress | elf | race | See All (5) »


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Official Sites:

Channel 5 [United Kingdom]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Production Co:

Music Television (MTV) See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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First episode of the series See more »

Goofs

Eretria's facial markings change and or vanish throughout the series. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ander Elessedil: Amberle, you still alive?
Amberle Elessedil: [fell while running blindfolded] Relax, Uncle Ander. It's not like I'm gonna break.
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Soundtracks

Midnight
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Written by Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland and Will Champion
Performed by Coldplay
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Not a big fan of the book series, but this first episode got me interested

I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of the book series this TV series is based on, but this episode got me a bit interested. OK, I wasn't expecting this beginning of the episode to be a masterpiece because it does have some of the same fantasy cliches we've seen a million times before, but I think the world introduction was well-done. It had some very nice scenery and the CGI, while not the best I've seen, was at least tolerable enough. Also, the character introduction wasn't that bad at all either and have some potential to be compelling. And then you have a music score that, while too electronic in some parts, does have an atmospheric quality throughout the episode.

What got me interested in this episode, however, was the two casting choices. Manu Bennett, who most people remember as Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) from CW's Arrow, does make a very good character in Allanon and John Rhys-Davies as the Elven King (which is ironic, considering he played Gimli in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy) did seem to have fitted the role really well. As for the actors who played the main leads, they did fine. Not as interesting as the two actors I already mentioned, but they tried their best with what they were given.

Overall, this episode isn't quite a strong start, but thanks to it's world introduction, I got interested I decided to watch other episodes, but not the entire first season, which I'm planning to for this month.


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