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Excellent! Party Time!,
This review is from: BeastMaster: Season 2 (DVD)
I am writing this review mainly to counteract another reviewer who gave the dvd 1 star because it did not have English subtitles. That's wrong!!
Anyway, season two of Beastmaster is good, not as good as the first I think, but it's pretty good. In the end of season one, Tao decides to travel to his home in the Middle of the World. So, in this season they travel there, and they finally get there in episode 5 or 6 or somewhere in there. Before that they meet Arina, portrayed by Marjean Holden. I don't know where they found her, but she is amazing, exotic, and looks like a true warrior, not like that wannabe Lucy Lawless from New Zeland or something. She has some hidden agenda, and the Sorceress gets suspicious. Well that hidden agenda is to help a dude with really white hair to overthrow Zed, because she wants revenge for Zed's past transgressions. When they finally get to Xinca (it is the city in the Middle of the World, Tao's home), Tao raves how it is civilized. Well Dar does not want anything to do with civilization after they leave. Some monks try to kill them and stuff. They pay a few more visits to Xinca later on, however and I think this is where the finale takes place, if I am not mistaken.
The dude with the white hair, by the name of Voden, is the king of the Nords, and he is to replace Zed as the ruler of the Territories and nearby regions. He wants the Beastmaster for some reason. The Sorceress helps Zed escape, and he vows to come back, with better weapons, in the season finale.
While Zed builds up an army, the Beastmaster has to deal with Voden, who is really annoying in that he wants the Beastmaster to command and army of animals for him. Voden is portrayed with exceptional intelligence (as opposed to Zed's brute force, not that Zed was not intelligent ...) and I don't know why he keeps insisting on this ridiculous idea, especially after the Beastmaster explains to him that he cannot control the animals, just ask for their help. It is the animal's choice whether to cooperate. Well Voden is stubborn, and in the end I am still unclear on his motivations.
The budget for the show isn't exactly "through da roof" if you know what I mean, so if you have never seen the show, don't expect a lot in terms of special effects, but the show still looks very nice. It is just that getting an elephant to storm a wall of a city (in the finale) was a huge thing for them. It looked ridiculous, but still inpressive. I don't think they have ever had an elephant on the show before that, well maybe once. Also the show's trade mark "morphing effect" is really annoying. If you can overlook these minor annoyances, however, and come to appreciate its simplicity, you will immerse yourself ... aah forget it, just buy the DVDs.
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Initial post: May 26, 2008 4:43:04 PM PDT
Eric Pregosin says:
FYI, the name is Zad not Zed. A zed is a canadian z
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