Winter Dragon: The Wheel of Time TV Pilot


Wow. So I had no idea this was going to be a post, much less that I would have a subject to talk about. I don’t think anyone in the fandom did. This is kinda monumental. Tonight, the Dragon rode again on the winds of time.

I actually watched an episode of a TV adaptation of The Wheel of Time. I’m still getting this through my head. This is a thing that I never, never thought would happen. I’m still a little bit in shock, so consider that as I write this review.

I…actually enjoyed it.

It wasn’t perfect. I don’t think it’s possible for a cinematic adaptation of WoT to be perfect. It’s too big a task. That said, the “Dragonmount” prologue covered in the episode tonight could have been perfect. Or, at least, close. The crazy thing is, I don’t think it’s the writers’ fault that it wasn’t. Overall, the writing was quite good. The dialogue was actually pretty great, adhering to the text of the book when it needed to and departing from it when necessary. The acting was decent; Lews Therin was portrayed fairly well and Ishamael was quite good.

Holding it all back was the budget. In two spots was CGI used; one was actually excellent. The Healing of Lews Therin was done really well, and I loved the visual. The other instance…well, it suffered from a lack of budget. LTT becoming the Kinslayer was, in theory, executed well. The flashback strikes and confusion presented were right on, but the actual effects were lacking.

And therein lies the biggest problem with this episode: the team simply  did not have enough budget to do the scenes justice. There were two major scenes that didn’t hit home, and both suffered because of that monetary restriction. The first was the flashback to the Kinslaying, and the second was the penultimate sequence of Lews Therin leaving to kill himself. It was clear that they didn’t have the financial means to film an epic suicide-by-One-Power scene on the slopes of Dragonmount.

But within the constraints the production had, I actually think this was a well done episode. If things can proceed, and gain the backing that a show like Game of Thrones has, it could be very well done.

I will leave it at that. I have a few other, small quibbles (such as the fact that Ilyena was not blonde despite being accurately referred to as “Ilyena Sunhair”), but in the grand scheme of a Wheel of Time show, they are insubstantial. Overall, I enjoyed the result.

For more about the Wheel of Time, check out my reread!

UPDATE: Apparently Harriet and Bandersnatch had nothing to do with this, and aren’t happy about it. Additionally, and I’m not going to pretend I understand the intricacies of who owns what rights, but it seems that Red Eagle doesn’t have the rights. It’s Universal, and on the surface, they weren’t involved in this episode. So that’s troubling. I’m not sure what to think now, except the fact that this has all brought a TON of attention to WoT, and hopefully that can be parlayed, one way or another, into a high-budget and successful TV adaptation.

Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread – The Eye of the World Part 3


Welcome back to Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread! Yes, I know this is two days later than I said it would be. I’ve been under the weather for the last few days, and that has put a serious crimp in my WoT schedule. I will do my best to get Part One of The Great Hunt up this Saturday, but we’ll see what happens.

Today, we will finish up Book One, The Eye of the World. As usual, there will be spoilers present for the whole series. You can find the introduction post here, and Part One of The Eye of the World here. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time! Continue reading

Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread – The Eye of the World Part 2


Welcome to Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread! Today we will be covering the second part of The Eye of the World. Good news! Well, kind of…as I closed in on 1000 words for this post and I was only at Whitebridge, I realized that I’m going to need to do more than just two posts for EotW—and by extension, probably for every other book, too. There is just too much to say, otherwise. The result is that we get more Reread posts! That’s good news, right? Anyway, spoilers will be present for the entire series in this reread. The introduction post is here. You can find Part One of The Eye of the World here. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time! Continue reading

Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread – The Eye of the World Part 1


Welcome to Drew’s Wheel of Time Re-read! Today I’ll be covering Part One of The Eye of the World, from the prologue to Shadar Logoth. There will be spoilers for the entire series in these posts, so proceed with caution if you haven’t read through A Memory of Light. For those wondering, I will be covering the prequel, New Spring, after Book Seven, A Crown of Swords. I will be using a lot of acronyms in this reread series, especially with book titles. For reference, check out the handy list in my introductory post here. And now, onward. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time! Continue reading