Rosamund Pike stars in The Wheel of Time, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Despite the swearing and gory violence, this fantasy series feels juvenile and shallow.
Every fantasy series is doomed to be compared to Game of Thrones, and Amazon Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time is no exception.
While only the first three episodes of The Wheel of Time are available to watch right now, each costing a reported (dollar)10 million (£7,428,150), it’s not unreasonable to expect the show to at least try to match Game of Thrones’ epic sweep.
Regrettably, it isn’t even close.
The story unfolds in an imagined world ruled by The Light, terrorized by The Dark One (a rather clumsy allegory for God and the devil), and in which “the wheel” keeps the world turning, based on Robert Jordan’s 1990 novel of the same name.
It begins with a brief prologue explaining that years before, men led by a powerful figure known as The Dragon had destroyed the world, leaving women to “pick up the pieces.”
Moiraine, a member of the Aes Sedai, a magical sect of women who believe The Dragon has been reborn, is played by Rosamund Pike, who leads a cast of mostly unknown actors.
She embarks on a quest to find him (or her) in the hopes of preventing the reincarnated one from bringing the world to its knees once more.
She finds The Dragon in the small village of Two Rivers, but can’t decide which of four locals it is, so she leads them on a journey to the Aes Sedai’s headquarters, where they are pursued by The Dark One’s army of trollocs (violent boar-giant hybrids) and the eyeless (genuinely disturbing creatures reminiscent of the pale man in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth).
The Wheel of Time is oddly flat for such a potentially rich series.
Character development and exploration of the world’s politics, social hierarchy, and cultural touchstones receive little attention.
Instead, there are a lot of lovely but unnecessary sweeping landscape shots and overdramatic, overextended fight scenes.
There’s a lot of running, too – from wolves, trollocs, and an unidentified creeping black shadow.
However, the action is appreciated.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
Rosamund Pike stars in The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime Video.
Per episode, the budget is (dollar)10 million.
What went wrong?
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The Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video: Rosamund Pike. (dollar)10 million per episode. How did it go so wrong?
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