Don't get me wrong, I like the Shannara Chronicles, I like to see actual fantasy on TV that doesn't rely on sex or total soap to succeed, but Shannara is making me sigh in utter exasperation. And the reason it's making me sigh is the writing... oh dear god the writing. Leaving aside the complete lack of build up to certain events, the inability of characters to actually critically think and be completely incompetent at the same time is beginning to annoy. Dear god, how can a bunch of highly trained guard fail to spot the ambush? Why are characters so against killing people they should? Seriously half of their problems in the future could be erased if they just kill that person who's caused them grief. (Yes I'm talking about the Rover plot here- please god let it die already) And that's not counting the inability of everyone to completely fail to sensibly deal with the remains of a shapeshifter, leaving it to go kill crazy and then they still don't notice anything.
Amberle is rapidly turning into twenty different flavours of useless and coming after such an impressive opening episode, it's not a good look. Let's face it, last episode a bunch of humans managed to track and surprize a party of elves and do it so well that none of the characters managed to draw a weapon, seriously that place screamed 'IT'S A TRAP'.
And though I don't usually notice this, but why is the only elf dragged to their death by wolves, the female one? And then there's the really bad rape attempt and Eritrea somehow unable to like, leave on her own...So yeah... every female character is a useless placeholder, with the exception of Eritrea, but she's a bad girl so.. whatever.
I do like Shannara and I want it to succeed but at the moment, its a mess of false leads and stupidity. Please writers, give the characters some actual ability and brains... for the love of god please.