Lucasfilms pasture Sequel series was one of my most anticipated shows of the year. I’m such a big fan of George Luke and Ron Howard‘s original fantasy film. It was one of those movies that had a huge impact on my childhood and my love of movies.
I was so ready for this show! I was so pumped! The creators hyped it, and I bought into its hype. But in my opinion the series is just… ok. I was expecting something much better so I was disappointed. My own imagination just took things to an epic level of storytelling that this series couldn’t match. I think that’s partly my fault because I’m a huge fan of the film and have a great idea of what I would have liked to see.
The one aspect of the series that I loved the most was the viewing Warwick Davis again in the role of Willow. He’s just as wonderful as this character, and getting to meet this amazing character after all these years was like seeing an old friend again!
The story has some funny moments and there are aspects that I really like. But there are also a few things about the show that completely pulled me out of this story and this viewing experience. The series is brimming with modern sensibilities in dialogue and tone, and while the story is meant to be set in a fantasy world, there are moments when it feels like the characters have been ripped from our modern world and don’t fit into it fantasy world of pasture.
Another aspect of the series that bothered me about the series is the modern music that was incorporated. One of the things I loved most about the original film was the brilliantly performed, beautiful music! This music is timeless! It’s one of my most important ties to the original film; The music just makes my soul swell with joy. The series’ use of modern music is another aspect that pulls me right out of the fantasy world, and it immediately dates the series and doesn’t have the timeless feel that the film has.
I don’t understand how to put modern music in a fantasy series. I would be fine with that in the credits of the show, but not during the show. A lot of this music is covers of well-known popular songs, and I love the covers! But I just don’t care how they’re used in the show. It feels like it’s forced and an attempt to hip the series to appeal to younger viewers. I don’t know the rationale, but that’s my biggest criticism of the show.
I like the story being told, but it’s not as engaging as I had hoped. I wasn’t immersed in the story; I don’t feel like I’m experiencing this adventure in a fantasy world like the original film does for me. It just feels more modern and it loses some of the magic fantasy element.
Jonathan Kasdan (solo) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner on the side Wendy Mericle (Arrow). This is not the review I thought I would write for this series! I just want to reiterate that there are things I like about the series, such as aspects of the story and some of the ideas being played with that I won’t spoil here. But I just couldn’t fully immerse myself in the series. Warwick Davis was the best part of the show.