On this week's show we discuss "The Magic of the Legend of the Seeker."
As for magic, it would be interesting to explore the idea of how magic isn't inherently good or bad, but depends on the user--something that Richard talks about at the end of "Elixir." We've seen several examples of "dark magic" in the show (eg the Whisperers in "Deception") but also examples of magic used for good (eg Zedd using additive magic to re-form Richard's pendant and to regrow the confessor's hand in "Sacrifice"). What are your thoughts on how magic has been used for good or for bad, and how the show has suggested the blurriness of that good/bad boundary?
A few other things I can think of pertaining to magic, that I would love to hear your thoughts on, include:
- The magic of the Sword of Truth: We've seen the Sword glow a fiery red-orange during the show in a few episodes ("Prophecy," "Denna," "Hartland," "Conversion," and "Deception"), and Richard has said how the Sword filled him with rage (notably in "Home"). Zedd has also mentioned that the Sword contains the powers from previous Seekers. In the book, I know there is much more explanation about the Sword and the significance of the glow, but how do you see the representation of the Sword in the show? Do you think there is still more to come regarding its magical properties, how Richard is connected to it, and how Richard will use it? I found it interesting, too, how Denna tried to describe it as the Sword of Lies.
- The connections between a Confessor's magic and a Mord-Sith's magic: I find it intriguing how both can be used to enslave, essentially. I loved Richard's line in "Denna" (in fact, I love that whole scene in the dungeon) when Richard tells Kahlan, "I'd rather be your slave than hers." In both instances, someone who is confessed and someone who is successfully broken by a Mord-Sith will lose his soul. Furthermore, Rahl reveals in "Conversion" that he wants to use the powers of confession to end the war and bring peace.
- The magic of the Boxes of Orden: up until "Bloodline," we were told that if Rahl were to acquire all three boxes, he would enslave the entire world. However, it is only in "Bloodline" that we truly witness the devastating and corrupting effects of the Boxes' magic, when Richard puts all three boxes together and basically turns into a tyrant himself. What did you think about the way in which the boxes were put together, and how Jenssen took them apart? (I will admit that I was bothered by how easy it seemed for Richard to put them together, without so much as a spell or anything other magical help, but I am interested in hearing your reading of this). What are your thoughts on the magic of the Boxes and how they affected Richard, and what the show's possibilities for the Boxes are?
- The Breath of Life: I thought it was strange that Constance managed to revive Denna with the Breath of Life, which from the show seemed to be a form of magic that could revive those who died from training, and not necessarily those who died from a stab in the stomach. LOL. What did you think about this? (and I guess, related to this, would be your thoughts on the agiel--I loved the show's sound effects for the agiel. I also thought it interesting that Denna's training not only psychologically marked Richard, but physically marked him, since Richard reveals his scar in "Home". We could also see the intense fear in Richard's eyes when Denna used her agiel on him again in "Bloodline").
- The magic that seems to be inherent in objects vs the magic that seems inherent in people: The show has shown numerous examples of magical objects (Azallel's Orb in "Confession" and Sebastian's magical maps in "Bounty", for example) but also numerous examples of people gifted with magic (Zedd, Kahlan and other confessors, Mord-Sith, etc.). There are those with immense magical powers who could essentially be deployed as human weapons, like Renn and Kahlan, and there are those who are not affected by magic whatsoever, like Jenssen. I would like to hear thoughts on this, too. Do you see particular patterns of magic in the show, or thematic concerns running through the episodes with regards to the use of magic?