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The Shannara Chronicles Is Like Watching Level One D&D Characters Start a Campaign

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While watching the latest episode of The Shannara Chronicles, I realized what this show reminded me of: the first time a Dungeons and Dragons campaign sets out, with everyone starting at their first level.

Everyone’s ambitious, but nobody knows what they’re doing, and that’s pretty much where all of our characters are at here, with the exception of Allanon, who’s being played by that one older kid who’s played D&D for years. Wil is just along for the ride, somewhat eager to learn from Allanon, while Amberle just messed things up and doesn’t know how to fix it. Eretria? She’s just messing with people because she doesn’t want to be there, but she’s getting sucked in. At some point, everyone will be a nice, happy band of players, but for the moment? They’re still learning the ropes.


While they’re all getting the hang of it, they’re all rolling critical misses. It’s a bit of a train wreck: Wil and Amberle get captured *again*, get saved by Allanon twice, and get sucked into three or four side adventures as they bumble around.

It’s fun to watch, and pretty, but man, I hope that they get their feet below them soon, because it’s going to get painful before too long.