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'Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second Season'
(Craig Horner, Bruce Spence, Craig Parker, Bridget Regan, Tabrett Bethell, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / ABC Studios)

Overview:Return to a world of fantasy, adventure and romance with 'Legend of the Seeker: The Final Season.' Millions of readers the world over have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell (Bridget Regan), appears in Richard Cypher's (Craig Horner) forest sanctuary seeking help ... and more.

DVD Verdict: 'Legend of the Seeker' on TV was always extremely entertaining. I saw the end of season 1 and was instantly hooked. I must admit that, the first time I saw it, I thought it was just quite cheesy. I had certainly judged a book by it's cover. And for that I am sorry.

Zed and Richard were a great pair when matched with Kahlan's fury and Cara's wit. Although, I must say that the books are ten times more entertaining. Had the TV series had been more true to the books, Richard would have been depicted as a much more intelligent man.

In fact, in Wizard's First Rule, he is so intelligent that he even outsmarts Zed once or twice, prompting Zed to consider him as a potential candidate for the first order of wizards. The TV series goes a different direction in characterizing Richard as exemplifying the street smart man without wizard-level wits.

Don't get me wrong; this is still entertaining. He still seeks truth as he does in the book while following sound ethics. But, ethics aren't always perfectly applicable to real world circumstances. Sometimes, Richard must redefine his world view to cope with changing circumstances. One such example is the need to form new alliances in order to save the world. This is where Darken Rahl comes in, played by an excellent actor, mind you.

Out of all the actors, Darken Rahl's portrayal couldn't have been better at reflecting the inner conflicts and emotions he experiences in the book. For example, one is never sure if is he cruel or attractive, guilty or innocent, pathetic or admirable. This uncertainty combined with his charisma make him out to be a very round character. The way Rahl manipulates the world around him, with his evil schemes and devices, helped to move the plot along quite well.

Zed's portrayal is also pretty spot on. His facial features and general appearance are just as the book describes him to be, a man with an elongated face with very wrinkly skin wearing a raggedy robe. His comments about Richard's obstinate attitude made me laugh plenty of times as did his conversations with Kara. I only hope that the special, heart-touching chemistry formed between these actors is brought to the forefront again in a new, third season.

Because here, in the second (and supposedly 'final' season) the show reaches its potential almost all at once, drawing upon much darker and interesting themes - downright deliciously twisted at times. Sometimes Xena-like, sometimes like nothing I have ever seen nor will ever see again. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

• Redemption of a Mord'Sith: Meet Cara
• Under the Underworld
• Deleted/Extended Scenes
The Story Of Panis from episode #201 – “Marked”
The Mother Confessor’s Return from episode #211 – “Torn”
Who’s Got First Watch? from episode #214 – “Bound”
Walter’s Transformation from episode #218 – “Walter”
What Could Have Been from episode #222 – “Tears”
The Importance Of Death from episode #222 – “Tears”