When you watch The Wheel Of Time series, you will be sure that the overwhelming success of Game of Thrones is still messing with the heads of series makers in order to provide work that can achieve the success of Game of Thrones over its eight seasons.
American business makers have been creating work in an epic fantasy atmosphere full of magic, royalty and conflicts in an atmosphere similar to GOT, and there have been recent experiences such as the Netflix series Cursed in 2020, which was disappointing and was canceled after its first season.
But that did not deter him from trying to make another work with the same specifications as GOT in terms of conflicts and atmosphere of magic, and this was done through the recently shown series The Wheel Of Time, which is also taken from the Robert Jordan series of books such as GOT of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by its author George R. R Martin, did Wheel Of Time create the same epic atmosphere??
The Wheel of Time series revolves around a fictional world in which humans live with a group of women witches who prevent the presence of any man to harvest their power called “the Source”. It is called “The Darkest”.
She is joined in her journey by 5 young men from a village whose lives change when Moaren tells them that they are participants in the prophecy, so that they all set out on a journey full of danger, at the same time that Moaren faces an objection from other witches to what she is doing, as well as the resistance of the owners of white cloaks to the idea of the existence of witches.. Who will be able to continue??
Script and Dialogue:
It was clear that The Wheel Of Time series is proceeding on a calm pace without any rush, as the scenario is gradually trying to build the world in which the events take place and builds its rules in an orderly manner.
With the passage of time, the viewer becomes aware of who the witches of “Az Lady” are and their characteristics, as well as the owners of the white and dark robes, and the 5 young men associated with the prophecy.
Although this presentation required long periods of time in the series, it was necessary in order to establish the rules of the world in which the events take place and the characteristics of the characters, so that these matters become completely clear with the development of things and events.
Certainly, this was causing a slowdown in events for some periods, but it did not reach the point of boredom. It was a deliberate slowness in order to build the world and the different forces and ties that unite them, so that the objectives of each forces and the bond that unites them with the other forces are understood.
This did not cause any disruption to events. By reaching the climax, all forces were very clear and justified, with the exception of some problems in building the characters.
The characters in general were well established, but there was a character who made strange and unjustified decisions at times whose purpose was nothing but stubbornness and stubbornness to represent a dilemma in the events and the matter became over time not good.
Also, the five heroes whose characters were built that they did not expect to be present at the height of the events, and that was done well even for the viewer. We did not expect those characters to be in the midst of battles and conflicts, but the scenario often created moments of skepticism and confusion among these characters that appeared in a way Frequently, without noticing that the doubts they raise have become unpleasant scenes for the viewer and are not good.
And when we reach the end of the work, we find that it was absolutely clear that he is seeking subsequent seasons, but the last episode was built well, especially with conflicts in more than one direction, and despite the end of the battle, the scenario was dealt with smartly that it ended completely in the case that season was sufficient While emphasizing that it may not be the last, indicating that there is a second season.
Rosamund Pike was the main character in The Wheel Of Time series and took it upon herself to carry the work. She was able to deliver a very distinctive acting performance for the character of the witch Moarin that made the viewer fluctuate between sympathy for her and the tension of her ambiguity.
Also, Madeleine Madden and Barney Harris were a young group but what they did was good.
As for Daniel Henney and Zoë Robins, they gave a very distinguished performance, especially the latter, which managed to provide a coherent performance despite many flaws in the drawing of the character
But Josha Stradowski and Marcus Rutherford were clearly wobbly, not going the same way all the time, especially with some stagnation in their emotions.
The rest of the acting performances in general were very good, as was the appearance of the Spanish star Álvaro Morte, known as the Professor, despite the fact that the appearance was more commercial than affecting the work.
The Wheel Of Time series presented a distinctive directorial image, and at times tried to quote from the world of GOT, but that was not negative, as he tried to give his own spirit to the work so as not to become a monster from the Game of Thrones.
He succeeded in this, especially in designing the battles that he tried to be different from the usual and appeared well despite being few.
But this does not negate the existence of a problem with the visual effects of the monsters that appeared in the work, and they did not appear perfect.
The Wheel Of Time series, in general, is a good series worth watching with a rate of 6.5/10, especially as it tried to establish the rules greatly and appeared at the end that it paves the way for bigger events in the next season, which is what the work needs to be able to continue successfully and achieve a good reaction with the audience in the fiction category epic.