The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 5 (Spoiler Free)

My general thoughts and reaction to Episode 5 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 5: BLOOD CALLS BLOOD

If you have not watched this episode yet, prepare for a lot of tears. Not just sad tears, either. Some of them are joyful (others, not so much). I can really see the story coming together. What can I say without giving anything away? It is difficult to do.

Arm and arm against the White Cloaks

Probably the best I can say is that the changes that were made are starting to merge back into the familiar for us book readers, in my opinion. That is the best part of it. I am easing my stances on the changes greatly. Also, I was able to call a few events early. Not by much, mind you. But there were scenes in the preview that I realized were about to happen and why they were about to happen just before it was revealed. In any case, I am going to have a lot to say in my deep dive.

One last thing… I heard on social media (which I checked briefly after completing the episode) that a certain phrase that I have been waiting for was finally uttered. That phrase being “blood and ashes.” Unfortunately, I missed it and will have to do a rewatch to catch it. Let’s just hope that is not the last time it is used.

A Laughing Logain – What is he laughing at???

BONUS: THE WHITE TOWER (and BTS)

The White Tower animation was a good breakdown of the origins and description of the White Tower and the Aes Sedai (post-breaking). Worth a check-out if you are new to the series. Your decision if you want to wait until the end of the season or watch them as they come, but the bonus animations have been pretty good little tidbits of lore.

I also watched the first two BTS bonuses watch are two parts of Creating the Look. They were informative and showcased the details that went into creating the costumes and the looks of the different people. I’m beginning to overload and will have to watch the Creating the Music a bit later (hopefully by the time I am done with my deep dive.

With that, I am beginning to let go of my trepidations of the changes from the book material. I feel that the showrunner, Rafe Judkins, and his crew of talent are crafting something truly epic. With only three episodes to go, I am ecstatic. Overall, I am very happy with what I have seen so far. At my first watch, I couldn’t even think of anything that I didn’t like about the episode. Some things may pop up after subsequent watches. But they are obviously small if they are there.

LINKS

First Thoughts

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

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 4 (Spoiler Free) – 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 DEEP DIVE ep. 4 The Dragon Reborn – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

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)

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The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 5 (Spoiler Free) – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 6 (Spoiler Free) – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 7 (Spoiler Free) – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

The Wheel of Time First Thoughts – Episode 8 (Spoiler Free) – 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 DEEP DIVE ep. 4 The Dragon Reborn – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 5 Blood Calls Blood – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 6 The Flame of Tar Valon – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 7 The Dark Along the Ways – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)

THE WHEEL OF TIME DEEP DIVE ep. 8 The Eye of the World – S. J.Serio (sjserio.com)