The lives of five young people are changed forever when a powerful woman called Moraine arrives at their village. She tells them that one of them is the reincarnation of ‘the Dragon’, a powerful sourcerer who will play a vital role in the fight against the Dark One. As they travel with Moraine to consult the head of her order at the White Tower, their loyalty to each other is put to the test.
This review relates to season 1
I should start by saying that I have not read any of the books of the Wheel of Time series, so I have no idea how the TV-show compares to the books. I was really looking forward to diving into a good fantasy series, but I’m afraid I did not enjoy it very much.
Almost all of the main characters are either extremely annoying, or just rather boring. Rand is definitely the worst of them: he acts like a spoilt five-year old throughout the entire season. His girlfriend Egwene is less annoying but not very interesting as a character, and I was not very convinced by the attraction between them. Nynaeve’s insistence on being both uncooperative and unpleasant makes her seem like a sulky toddler, and while Perrin suffers a major trauma early on this hardly gets addressed in later episodes. Mat is also quite an ass, but in his case at least it seems to be a deliberate choice.
The only slightly redeemable characters are Moraine and al’Lan, although the last of those two hardly even says a word (some of the other characters should take note). Combined with some pretty mediocre worldbuilding and a quite predictable plot, there was simply not enough there to make the show even remotely interesting.
As I said, I haven’t read the books so I don’t know if I would have felt the same way about them, or if these issues were caused by the adaption. At the moment I mostly feel that with the kind of budget Amazon undoubtedly spent on this show, there could have been so many more original and interesting stories to tell. I personally will not continue with the second season, unless I hear some incredible reviews from people who’s opinion I fully trust.