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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:22 am 
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WTF?

A fully-endorsed series from the most unlikeliest of producers for one of the most serious and truly geekified readings since Lord of the Rings, the Shannara books by Terry Brooks.

If you have no clue about MTV, then you likely grew up under a rock.

If you only have a clue about MTV in all this, then you're likely wondering who the fuck Shannara is (is she a sister of Shania?) and how hot she is.

If you have no clue about Shannara, then you likely did not grow up as a true hardcore geek fantasy reading dude.

If you have a clue, then you're likely as perplexed as I am.

But going to Terry's official site, it seems he's been backing this for nearly the last 2 years. No, seriously, he's said good things.

I am mystified - but I guess I will now be fucking watching MTV for the first time since, what? Fucking 1989? Maybe 1990? Headbangers Ball was the last thing I watched from them outside of their film production company.

Seriously, hunh.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:41 am 
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Doesn't seem out of place...MTV has been reinventing itself every few years, and adjusts its programming by riding the coat tails of whatever is popular right now. Seems odd to wait this long, but clearly Game Of Thrones rip offs are doing very well (Vikings, Outlander, etc.).

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:45 am 
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I have never heard of Shannara.

Does the series include many underage pregnancies, and over privileged spoiled people sucking off society, or perhaps an over bloated old sage dealing out worthless advice? If so, it is right in MTV's current wheelhouse.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:56 am 
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One of MTV's most popular shows is Teen Wolf (which is not reality-TV based), and is probably why they are looking into more fantasy-based programming. Granted, whatever they produce, will be targeted to 12-18 year olds, so I will never watch Shanana, or whatever the fuck it's called.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:55 am 
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How many Shannara books were there? I remember reading the first 2-3, but I'm sure there's more.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:06 am 
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Kimfair wrote:
How many Shannara books were there? I remember reading the first 2-3, but I'm sure there's more.

I am with you, I read only a few of the books.

Specifically, The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara.

The original trilogy.

The books had neither bloated sages nor teenage pregnancy angst.

It just seems odd that MTV would have chosen such an esoteric and off-the-beaten-path type of story to grab.

I could seem them optioning some Piers Anthony if they wanted fantasy that would appeal to the youth, but these books are definitely not widely-known or well-received for the most part.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:11 am 
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Sha-na-na...?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:23 am 
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I'd watch that show...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:30 pm 
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:lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:04 pm 
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Kimfair wrote:
How many Shannara books were there?

Far, far, far too many of them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:07 pm 
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Shoe wrote:
Kimfair wrote:
How many Shannara books were there?

Far, far, far too many of them.

Uh, Shoe's right.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:17 pm 
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And keep in mind, the list Eric links to is not a list of individual books. Many of those are series of Shannara books.

There are over two dozen in all.

OVER TWO DOZEN OF THEM!!

I read the original trilogy and maybe one other. They're derivative trash, but as a teenager who had a big thirst for Tolkienesque fantasy they scratched the itch fairly well (though even in the sixth grade I was stunned by how brazen a ripoff the first book was).

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Shoe wrote:
(though even in the sixth grade I was stunned by how brazen a ripoff the first book was).



This was my whole issue, and why I believe I only read the first two. 2 dozen? Fuck.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:19 pm 
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Two dozen is far too many.

I never needed to reread them, whereas I have reread Tolkien's works many times.

I enjoyed the first trilogy as it fed into my D&D very well.

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I just saw a trailer for this show...looks very impressive for a TV series. I thought I was watching a trailer for a big budget Summer blockbuster.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:25 pm 
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Here's the trailer:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:22 pm 
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I thought you were exaggerating, but I'll be damned. You're right.

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Far beyond expectations.

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I am intrigued...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:36 pm 
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Is started up, is anyone watching it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:35 pm 
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Ericubus wrote:
Is started up, is anyone watching it?

I really liked it.

I forgot it had started, but now I have it DVR'd.

Wife really liked it, too.

I was bummed that it didn't pick up during Sword of Shannara, but I faintly recall some of what is happening now.

I think they changed a few things - but it really is a good show, so far, especially for a first episode.

First episode: :hole1: :hole1: :hole1: :half: :nohole:

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As I feared, the second episode was far weaker than the first.

I know it is building towards more, but the pacing was off and the subjects were less engaging.

Most notably was the rusted carcass of a truck in one scene.

Granted, this is probably to emphasize the idea that this is a post-apocalyptic world, but the idea that much more than a mound would be left after thousands of years? Well, it just didn't sit well. Especially since they still had the rubber tires on it.

An interesting fact is that Jon Favreau shows as an executive producer.

That will likely keep me onboard for a bit longer.

But, the second episode only gets: :hole1: :hole1: :nohole: :nohole: :nohole:

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Episode 3 was a bit better than 2.

:hole1: :hole1: :half: :nohole: :nohole:

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Will wait until it's done, then binge.

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