Tuesday, November 30

TV-anmeldelse «The Wheel of time»: Game of Amazon

WHAT IS THE TIME: Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) stands still in a beautiful urban landscape.

Amazon Prime’s dream of its own “Game of Thrones” is still a dream.

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«The Wheel of Time»
American fantasy series in eight parts based on Robert Jordan’s books
With: Rosamund Pike, Lan Mandragoran, Josha Stradowski and many more
Serieskaper: Rafe Judkins
The first three episodes are available on Amazon Prime on Friday. November 19th

Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” is the size of a medium-sized Norwegian municipality. Since its inception in 1990, the series has embraced fourteen books, over ten thousand pages and millions of devoted followers. It has at least one failed film adaptation attempt behind it. Amazon Prime seems to think they have the solution.

They also think they have made their own “Game of Thrones”.

Unlike George RR Martin’s unfinished magnum opus, “The Wheel of Time” has less pressure on politics and more pressure on fantasy. Hardcore fantasy. Simplified means that the battle between evil and good, magic and monsters drives the story forward. Controversy: In this universe, men cannot use magic without becoming ravenously insane.

THEY ARE SEVEN: In the beginning it is these seven you need to remember who they are. In this part of the story.

Women, on the other hand, can both use and control the magical powers that they draw from nature. One of these is Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) who is looking for a Jesus / Dalai Lama figure called The Dragon. The Lord of Darkness, The Dark One, is on his way back. The Dragon is the only one who can crush him.
Those who know the books will probably raise some eyebrows over the fact that Moiraine is scaled up to a kind of main role. That’s exactly what makes the story easier to follow.

The roles are otherwise more diversified – and older – than the literary original. The ever-escalating character that these six episodes draw up still makes it challenging to keep track of who really is who, what they are going for and why.

Possibly it was this part of “Game of Thrones” Amazon Prime owner Jeff Bezos liked best. He has at least got more undressed bodies and ditto body contact than what is in Jordan’s original.

CAN POSSIBLE SAVE THE WORLD: Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) and Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) may have the power to save the world.

The landscape, primarily filmed in Slovenia, looks like a mildly modified version of Peter Jackson’s version of “The Lord of the Rings”. The universe grows through the six episodes that VG has seen. Nevertheless, it is only in the sixth episode that the story begins to feel like something you will continue to follow.

The magic in the series seems to be CGI-designed by someone who has not fully understood the brief. Every time magic is used, it appears more like hazy line drawings than the interweaving of natural magic it is supposed to imagine. Some monsters are as scary as the neighbors’ Halloween costumes. In general, the tailor has not always had his best days at work during this production.

The time wheel in the title is the cyclical status of the universe. Which means that everything is reborn. Then one can hope that there are possibilities that the series itself can also be reincarnated into something better.

The reviewer has seen six of eight episodes


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