The Wheel of Time Premieres and Reactions

Unfortunately, I did not get to attend any of the premieres of The Wheel of Time. However, those that did attend have begun giving spoiler-free reactions and there is hope…

The Wheel of Time TV Series has been a long time coming. There are videos, articles and blogs around the internet that detail the journey that it has taken to get an adaptation filmed. This week, #TheWeekofWoT, the first season finally premieres. Well, the first two episodes were shown last yesterday to select audiences and the first three episodes will be available to all on Amazon Prime this Friday. The anticipation is heavy for this adaptation, especially for those of us who have been fans for the past decades since the first book in the series, The Eye of the World, was released in January of 1990.

In select cities across the globe, many gathered to partake in the first two episodes. Sadly, I as not one of them. Though saddened by this fact, I am not bitter. I am happy for those who got to attend. If anything, I am most jealous over the swag they received… but I digress. In a few days, I will be glued to the screen as I take in the episodes for myself. Perhaps it is better that way for me – to absorb it all in solitary. I am sure that I will watch the episodes again (and again) with other company around.

For the past 10 years, I have largely engrossed myself in the world BY myself. I have not had much luck in convincing my friends and family to check out the novels. 14 novels of around 800 – 1,000 words per book can be very intimidating (and that is not including the prequel novel. Some people in my life have been “forced” to listen as I played the audiobooks in my car or while washing dishes, folding laundry, or other house chores. Now, they will be able to see the world unfold on screen with me and come to understand why I love the series so much.

Again, I digress. So, the show has had its premiere on the world stage. In London, a lucky few not only got to see the first two episodes, but to hobnob with the cast and crew of the show on the blue carpet (at least, it looked blue to me, as opposed to red). Links to those videos are below (along with a slew of other videos to help pull you in if you are not already a part of the action.

Check out this awesome “billboard” in England. I wish I could’ve see this in person.

Following the premiere, a few lucky YouTubers and fans have begun to post their (spoiler-free) reactions to the first two episodes. They’ll have to wait until Friday like the rest of us plebes for the third episode… so at least we are on equal footing there. In fact, some of the gripes I have heard is that they MUST wait… they want more. That is a good sign. There were suggestions that they weren’t completely happy with every little aspect. Some questionable decisions, changes they didn’t like, etc. But they really couldn’t elaborate to prevent spoilers. Still, the general consensus was that those gripes were few and they left the screening happy.

As it stands, I will have to wait until Friday to see for myself. Still, I am encouraged by what I have seen so far. I have mentioned my thoughts here. It is good to hear that the fans of the books are excited and driven to see more. I look forward to hearing non-book fans reactions and reviews. Will this be the catalyst to bring in my family and friends into the world that will allow me to have deep discussions about the series with them? I hope so.

This bonus content available on Amazon Prime through its XRAY service looks awesome and should provide more details about the world for newcomers.

The only other thing I would have to add is the fact that I have yet to hear any WoT swears in any of the materials. Nor have I heard anybody comment as to whether it was present. For those who don’t know what I mean by that, I am referring to phrases like “blood and bloody ashes,” “Peace,” Light burn me,” and many others that are found in the book. I am really hoping that they keep those phrases and don’t resort to the f-bombs and the like used all too often in our world.

All in all, I am excited. I anxiously await this show and hope that it lives up to my expectations. I believe that it will.

Look below for many links I have compiled that cover the premiere, as well as links to trailers and previews that will give a good understanding of the world we are about to step into for hopefully years to come. It’s not comprehensive, I am sure I missed a lot of good links, and many more will likely come up in a few days, but they should be a good starting point.

Links

Kickoff

There’s a Trippy Wheel of Time Billboard in Piccadilly Circus! 😱 – YouTube – Amazon on Prime UK

BEFORE The Wheel of Time Red Carpet Premiere! Chatting Live from London! – YouTube – The Dusty Wheel

Unboxing The Wheel of Time swag bag from Amazon Prime Video – YouTube – Dragonmount

Red (Blue) Carpet

LIVE at The Wheel of Time World Premiere Red Carpet! – YouTube – The Dusty Wheel

The Wheel of Time London Red Carpet Premiere – YouTube – Dragonmount

The Wheel Of Time red carpet premier! – YouTube – Daniel Greene

HeyUGuys Premiere Cast Interviews – HeyUGuys

Rosamund Pike brings “The Wheel of Time” to TV – YouTube – Sharjah News

Reactions

The Wheel of Time (Ep. 1 & 2) REACTION – YouTube – Daniel Greene

Episode 1 and 2 Non-Spoiler Review – Wheel of Time – YouTube – Nae’blis

My Spoiler Free Reactions to Episodes 1 and 2 of The Wheel of Time! – YouTube – Unraveling the Pattern

Trailers

Amazon’s The Wheel of Time – Official Teaser Trailer (2021) Rosamund Pike – YouTube

The Wheel of Time – Official Season 1 Trailer (2021) Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time Trailer – Nynaeve and Egwene – 9th November 2021 – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time _ The Dragon Reborn Trailer (2021) – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time Trailer – Wolfbrother – 10th November 2021 – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time – Shadowspawn | Prime Video – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time – Logain | Prime Video – YouTube

The Wheel of Time – Origins | Coming to Amazon Prime Video on November 19th – YouTube

Previews

The Wheel of Time: Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Showrunner Rafe Judkins – IGN First – YouTube

The Wheel of Time: Who Are Moiraine and Rand? – IGN First – YouTube

The Wheel of Time: Bringing the Story to Life From Book to Screen – IGN First – YouTube

The Wheel of Time: The Dragon and Dark One Explained – IGN First – YouTube

The Wheel of Time: Aes Sedai Explained – IGN First – YouTube

Daniel Henney Describes the Magic of “The Wheel of Time” Series – YouTube – Character Media

The Wheel of Time Trailer

The 1st trailer Amazon Prime’s The Wheel of Time has been released and I am over the moon! Having watched it numerous times, here is my take on what was shown…

I was supposed to write a blog entry a couple days ago. That entry was to be about the fact that I finished writing the first draft of my novella. The last couple of days, however, my brain has been in a bit of a “reboot.” Now that it is getting back to a “ready status,” I must hold off on that entry as something big has dropped that I need to talk about. Yes, Amazon Prime has dropped (what they call) the teaser trailer for their The Wheel of Time adaptation.

For anybody who has been following my blog, I have been anxiously awaiting this first glimpse of the show. Having started my journey in this series back in 2007, it has been a long wait. For many who have been following from the beginning, it has been about 30 years since the first book was published. After watching many other fantasy adaptations come to life (for good or for ill), this trailer is the stamp of reality that it is happening. As an expecting father, I can relate it to the third trimester sonogram when the feeling actually hits that this is happening, and it is happening soon!

Diving into the trailer…. It opens with the characters of Egwene (Madeleine Madden and Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) standing on a cliff before Egwene is shoved off into the water below. From there, we hear Rosamund Pike (who plays the Aes Sedai, Moiraine) begins reciting the first line from the opening paragraph of the book as the trailer goes on showing shots of various characters, scenes, effects, and other surprises. From glimpses of the trio of Rand (Josha Stradowski – First name pronounced ‘yo-sha’), Perrin (Marcus Rutherford), and Mat (Barney Harris) to the epic Lan (Daniel Henney) kicking shadowspawn butt, every cut, every scene had me glued. I’m not going to recap the whole trailer, that would take a while. I was certainly pulled into the trailer as it carried on, trying to take in every scene and every word.

I watched it many times already. I have reveled with other fans on social media including Facebook groups and #TwitterOfTime. Needless to say (but I will anyway), I am excited! My reactions were of awe and wonderment as my eyes searched out every detail. By and large, I think it is safe to say that (initial reactions at least) the majority of the fanbase is as over the moon as I am. There have been a few that have been nitpicking some details like some of the CGI effects and the rich color palette used (I, for one, love the color palette). But overall, I am satisfied, and November 19th can’t get here soon enough.

Shortly after the trailer posted, Showrunner Rafe Judkins and Rosamund Pike took to social media to answer questions. It was wonderful to see Rosamund join in the Q&A festivities. When asked what part in the trailer are they most excited for us to see in full, Rafe answered “Winternight” and Rosamund answered Shadar Logoth. In another question, Rosamund answered what drew her to the role of Moiraine. Her answer was that it was how the women “harness the elements of the universe to unleash incredible power. For more of the Q&A you can check out this thread on twitter here: Rafe/Rosamund Q&A

While the pair answered many questions regarding the show, there were a few questions that I know that did not answer. Of course, they weren’t going to answer any questions that gave anything away. The question that I submitted appears to have been glossed over (even though I know I wasn’t the only one to ask it). That question is regarding the unique “profanity” used in the books. For those that don’t know, these are expletives that are commonly used throughout the series by characters much like our own swear words. Things like “blood and ashes,” “flaming,” fish guts,” and “mother’s milk in a cup!” They add a certain character to the series, and I worry that the show will be lacking these terms.

What else has me worried is regarding the plot. It was clear from the trailer that many scenes have been changed from the source material. It has long been expected that there would be changes from the books. There are certainly scenes in the trailer (like the opening scene with Egwene and Nynaeve) that were added to the show. Perhaps the most concerning aspect is how this will affect the story going forward? Many elements from later seasons could be greatly affected by the events changed for the first season. Because of that, epic moments from the books could very well be cut, and that is a great concern. However, I am refraining from judging too much until I see season one for myself. Until then, I will trust in Rafe Judkins, book consultant Sarah Nakamura, their team and crew, and the blessings of Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan’s widow) and the rest of team Jordan who were consulted.

Regardless, the trailer has certainly whetted my appetite for the series. It is, perhaps, the second biggest thing I am looking forward to this year (after the birth of my daughter Sophia a month before its premier). The more I see it, the more I love the colors of the different Aes Sedai (pr. eyes said-eye – the female magic users of the world) ajahs (pr. ah-jah) the different sects of said Aes Sedai).

The long wait is almost over. It is a sure bet that in a couple of months, my eyes will be feasting upon every beam of light emitted as this series plays out on my TV screen. With trollocs and half-men aplenty, battles and magical weaves galore (sorry, I couldn’t resist it) … I am ready to take on another turning of the wheel.

For further reviews, reactions, and info, check out the links below. Just beware… there may be spoilers!

LINKS

(1631) The Wheel Of Time – Official Teaser Trailer | Prime Video – YouTube

The Wheel Of Time on Twitter: “Rosamund Pike and @RafeJudkins answer your questions about #TheWheelOfTime!” / Twitter

Daniel Greene – Wheel Of Time Trailer Breakdown! – YouTube

The Dusty Wheel – Wheel of Time Trailer LIVE COVERAGE! #TrailerGaidon – YouTube

WOT UP – Wheel of Time Trailer Breakdown! – YouTube