The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 4 (Spoiler Free)

My general thoughts and reaction to Episode 4 of The Wheel of Time tv series on Amazon Prime

The Wheel of Time series has arrived on Amazon Prime. These are my general (spoiler-free) reactions to the latest episode:

EPISODE 4: THE DRAGON REBORN

I am in tears! What an impact this episode had.

This episode, like the last one, was divided into three paths, each following a different set of characters. While I didn’t dislike any of the plot points specifically, two of them stood out to me. The Egwene / Perrin plot was the least exciting, though it did have some great character moments and exposition. I didn’t hate it, but the other plot paths far outshined them.

The second plot point was Mat, Rand, and Thom as they continue their journey. I was beginning to think this was going to be the highlight of the episode until it concluded with still a lot of time left. The third plot, following Moiraine, Lan, and Nynaeve really stood out. Great character moments laid the groundwork for future events and it concluded with a moment of epic-ness I was not expecting.

BONUS: SAIDIN, SAIDAR, STONE

The bonus video released alongside episode 4 was an interesting “lecture” on the nature of The One Power. It is the first time that it is mentioned that the One Power is split into two halves, Saidin (the male half) and Saidar (the female half). Worth checking out if you want to learn more about the lore of The Wheel of Time.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is my favorite episode so far. I really enjoyed the character moments and exposition. Each episode seems to be bringing just a little bit more to the table in a way to ease newcomers to The Wheel while still driving the plot forward.

LINKS

First Thoughts

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episodes 1 – 3 – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

Deep Dives

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 1 Leavetaking – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 2 Shadow’s Waiting – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 3 A Place of Safety – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episodes 1 – 3

My general thoughts and reaction to The Wheel of Time tv series on Amazon Prime

It has been a long wait. Now, like many who have been anxiously awaiting, I have the chance watch the first three episodes of The Wheel of Time. I am excited, anxious, worried, and giddy. Such a mix of emotions over a TV show. Below are my spoiler-free first takes, broken down by each episode. In depth analysis to come later. Without further ado, let’s get to it.

EPISODE 1 – LEAVETAKING

The first episode was… wow! Yes, there were a lot of changes from the books. But, I do not mind (most of) them. I am writing this having just completed the first episode and anxious to move on to the next. I am trying to put my thoughts down without giving anything away. That is a difficult task. As I said earlier, I will go in depth later this weekend. Perhaps after a couple more rewatches (and some thorough notetaking).  

Overall, I enjoyed the episode. I have heard complaints of pacing, but I thought it was fine, personally. Then again, I am a book reader, so that may affect my take on it. There were points that I was a little skeptical on, but I will have to wait and see how they develop. Still, even some of the changes that I wasn’t very happy with struck at my emotions as they played out on screen. The last 10 minutes or so had me gripped, quivering, and even cheering at certain moments.

It certainly left me wanting more. With that in mind… on to the next episode.

EPISODE 2 – SHADOW’S WAITING

Episode 2 was a great transition episode. There were some great character moments to further connect the viewer with them. I can’t go too deep into the episode without spoilers, but I can say that I was pleased. It WAS a transition episode, as I said, so there were slow moments. But that allowed us to get deeper into the characters. When the action picked up again toward the end, it had an epic payoff. If I were to rate these episodes from my first reactions, I would say that this episode was on par with the first episode (maybe an 8 out of 10) but for different reasons.

The only other thing that I will say is that I love the intro to the show. I will cover this more in my deep dive blog for the episode.

Episode 3 – A PLACE OF SAFETY

This episode was perhaps great! The gripping opening was amazing. It did slow down a bit as it approached the middle. The differences from the books were less bothersome as more elements were introduced. I was on the edge of my seat as it came to its conclusion. I will say after watching these three episodes that it is a pleasure watching the characters interact with each other. There is great chemistry between them. There are many thoughts as I digest what I just watched.

BONUS VIDEOS

Along with the released episodes, three “micro stories” were released as well through the XRAY feature on Amazon Prime. Short animations that tell further tales from the Wheel of Time. Each video is interesting as they provide short snippets of the world Robert Jordan created. Each of the three videos released so far are stories that can be found in the books or their supplements. Some may not be too keen on the animation style of each video, but they were overall enjoyable to enhance the main story.

Conclusion

Having watched all three episodes, I am over the moon with excitement. There ARE changes from the books, some of which I like, some of which I’m not too big of a fan. For the latter, I am willing to give it a shot and see how they develop it. For the most part, I am happy with what I have seen. These characters that I have followed for over a decade now are now brought to life. They feel like the characters, despite the changes to the story.

Don’t get me wrong, the story is not completely changed. It is hitting many of the same beats. And some moments were shifted or done in another way. It will be interesting to see how they develop. If there is one thing that I am sorely upset about, it is that I do not recall hearing a single WoT swear throughout all three episodes. That is a big disappointment. Maybe I just missed them in my viewing. I will have to rewatch to see if that is the case.Well, there is one other thing that could be considered a problem. I have to wait a whole week for the next episode. I am pumped to see what happens next.