Blu-ray Review: THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: Season Two

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES is based on “The Sword of Shannara” fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. The series was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and stars Austin Butler, Malese Jow, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, Marcus Vanco, Vanessa Morgan, Gentry White, Andrew Grainger and Poppy Drayton.

Season Two finds the Four Lands in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil Ohmsford, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eritrea, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight. After reuniting with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon, only to learn that the Druid’s former protégé, Bandon, is on a mission to resurrect a creature of darkest evil: The Warlock Lord. Together, our heroes must band together to take down The Crimson and prevent Bandon from unleashing an even greater threat upon the Four Lands…before it’s too late.

In the beginning of the second season, Wil (Austin Butler) is still mourning the loss of Amberle (Poppy Drayton) but he ends up meeting Mareth (Malese Jow) and the two quickly form a friendship that slowly  turns into a romantic bond – kind of. Mareth also has some special powers plus she finds out that Allanon (Manu Bennett) is her father. There’s also Eretria (Ivana Baquero) who is also finding her heroic place in all of this with the help of Cogline (Andrew Grainger) but she’s also dealing with this darkness that dwells within her. Wil and his friends not only have to go up against The Crimson this season but the Warlock Lord is also resurrected and wants to take over the Four Lands to claim it as his new kingdom.

What happens is, the Warlock Lord has a sinister plan to poison Heaven’s Well, a magical spring that flows deep into the entire kingdom. Just one drop of his own tainted blood has the power to turn all life in the Four Lands into undead servents for the evil creature. It’s a race against time for Wil and his friends to try and stop this demonic threat but they’re too late in doing so because he had a little help from the inside. After the epic battle with the Warlock Lord, Wil learns that his own blood has magic in it and it can ultimately stop the poison and reverse the Warlock Lord’s curse. The catch is, he has to sacrifice himself but in doing so he saves all of his friends and the rest of the Four Lands. In the end of the second season Mareth senses that Wil is still alive but he’s in a dangerous place.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season two details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that includes some of the main characters. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any problems with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Shannara Chronicles: Season Two continued the epic journey of Wil and his friends who battle the forces of evil. I honestly enjoyed everything about this epic series, from the writing to the characters to this amazing world that has been brought to life. The second season continued Wil’s journey of self-discovery as new allies and enemies were introduced. The writing is good and all of these interesting characters were fun to follow. Austin Butler did a great job as the hero and the addition of Malese Jow was a perfect fit for the second season. I also enjoyed Manu Bennett’s performance as the powerful Druid plus he got to pull double duty this season as the big bad villain. The second season continued to feature lots of action and some impressive special effects that included amazing visuals as well as makeup. The series was filmed in New Zealand and there are some beautiful locations and sets that have been created and it all looks so amazing. The Shannara Chronicles: Season Two will be available on Blu-ray on May 15th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 3 Discs / 10 Episodes / 423 Minutes

  1. “Druid”
  2. “Wraith”
  3. “Graymark”
  4. “Dweller”
  5. “Paranor”
  6. “Crimson”
  7. “Warlock”
  8. “Amberle”
  9. “Wilderun”
  10. “Blood”

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:!)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: There are six behind-the-scenes featurettes that include interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes (10:21)


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