The Wheel of Time: Is Amazon’s New Series Worth Watching?

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The Wheel of Time: The long-awaited series A Wheel of Time hit the Amazon Prime Video catalog this Friday (19) and promises to deliver an epic fantasy story for fans of the genre.

Inspired by the homonymous literary saga, the plot takes place in a world where only a small group of women have access to magic. One of them, Moiraine, a member of the powerful women’s organization called Aes Sedai, travels in search of the Dragon Reborn, a person who has the power to save or destroy humanity.

Upon entering the village of Two Rivers, she encounters five young men who could be the Dragon. Together, the six set out on a journey to try to save the world.

Minha Série had early access to the first three episodes of the series and we’ll tell you what were our first impressions of the plot!

Fantasy

When talking about a production in the style of The Wheel of Time, it’s impossible not to make comparisons with The Witcher, Game of Thrones — George Martin, by the way, is an avowed fan of the book series — or even with The Lord of the Rings. The series presents a grandiose world on screen, with villages in the most peasant aspect, magnificent landscapes and, of course, lots of magic.

In the first three episodes of the season it’s already clear that the Amazon series is a plateful for fantasy fans, with countless fantastic elements such as witches, enchanted artifacts and even, apparently, a horde of werewolves.

Action vs. romance

In the first episodes, it is also clear the attempt to maintain a balance between the bloody battle scenes, aimed at a more adult audience, and the romance moments, mainly starred by the characters Rand (Josha Stradowsky) and Egwene (Madeleine Madden). Around here, we’re rooting for the action scenes, as the couple doesn’t seem to hold up very well — and with a lot of chemistry — screen time.

On the other hand, and unsurprisingly, Moiraine, played by the ever-convincing Rosamund Pike, is the standout. Enigmatic, determined and powerful, the character has everything to guarantee the tone of “empowerment” that the 21st century demands (and rightly) in the series.