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Meh. Not really impressed by Ep1 .

Rand looks like an instagram influencer dressed in H&M clothes.
Everyone looked super groomed, was never really believable.
 

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Meh. Not really impressed by Ep1 .

Rand looks like an istagram influencer dressed with H&M clothes.
Everyone looked super groomed, was never really believable.
Episodes 2 and 3 are infinitely stronger.

I've been a big fan of the books for 25 years, so even with some of the changes, I'm digging it so far. It's moving VERY fast.
 

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We got about half way through the first episode, but had to gong it.
 

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Meh. Not really impressed by Ep1 .

Rand looks like an instagram influencer dressed in H&M clothes.
Everyone looked super groomed, was never really believable.
That part is super awful. There are also some awful changes for no reason (fridging anyone? And THE major sin of this series--see the spoiler), but overall, from a non-book standpoint, it's decent high fantasy fare.

The Dragon Reborn could be a woman? Um, no, that ruins ALL dramatic tension in the ENTIRE series. If the Dragon is a female channeler, whee, all cool, because they don't have any problems. The Dragon being a MALE channeler, on the other hand, provides huge problems, with the poisoning of the male half, the fact that male channelers go insane, etc.

Look, I get it, the writers and showrunners wanted to change it so we have female inclusion, and to try to keep everyone guessing. That's idiotic here, because there are times you simply can't do that. Where a plot detail CAN'T be any gender or any race. Where the story just suffers for it. This is clearly one of those times. How frakking stupid can they be?
 

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That part is super awful. There are also some awful changes for no reason (fridging anyone? And THE major sin of this series--see the spoiler), but overall, from a non-book standpoint, it's decent high fantasy fare.

The Dragon Reborn could be a woman? Um, no, that ruins ALL dramatic tension in the ENTIRE series. If the Dragon is a female channeler, whee, all cool, because they don't have any problems. The Dragon being a MALE channeler, on the other hand, provides huge problems, with the poisoning of the male half, the fact that male channelers go insane, etc.

Look, I get it, the writers and showrunners wanted to change it so we have female inclusion, and to try to keep everyone guessing. That's idiotic here, because there are times you simply can't do that. Where a plot detail CAN'T be any gender or any race. Where the story just suffers for it. This is clearly one of those times. How frakking stupid can they be?
You have some valid points but are probably too overboard. I think that will be taken care of eventually. You make it sound like the series is ruined because of it and honestly, that played no part whatsoever in episodes 2 and 3.

The two biggest issues I have so far is Perrin’s backstory and Thom.
 

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You have some valid points but are probably too overboard. I think that will be taken care of eventually. You make it sound like the series is ruined because of it and honestly, that played no part whatsoever in episodes 2 and 3.

The two biggest issues I have so far is Perrin’s backstory and Thom.
Thom too, yeah. Good point. And Mat.
 

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I still have my 1st edition copy of Eye of the World that I picked up as a high schooler. I only tried it because I loved Jordan's work on Conan the Barbarian. I read the 1st 100 pages and thought, "Is this whole book going to be about barrels of beer and farming!?!" Then the Trolloc busted through the door and the rest is history. Worst part was waiting for 1-2 years between book releases. I've read EotW around 10 times.

I've dreamed of this series for literally decades (Egad, 30 years). When I saw the preview I got sick to my stomach because I thought there is no way you can make this work on the screen. There's like 6 million characters. There's like 14,000 pages. Everyone's going to compare it to GoT or LotR. There's just no way I'll like it.

I was wrong. I've had a blast watching this one. I realize it's not for everyone. People are foolishly comparing it to GoT. They are nothing alike (ie. characters rarely die in WoT and just about everyone dies in GoT. And WoT is far more black and white with good and evil.)

I'm ok with the changes. Although it's tough watching my favorite character, Perrin, go through the turmoil of losing his wife. I'm not sure I like that addition.

They nailed the characters. Love Rand, Matt, Perrin, Thom, Nynaeve, Lan, and Morraine. They nailed the look of the weaving. Nailed the Warder complementary fighting tactics to the Aes Sedai. Nailed the rich culture of Ajah's, Tinkers, and White Cloaks giving the universe immediate depth. I wouldn't be surprised at this point if Seanchan show up early. Although I'm concerned too many non readers will get lost in all the culture. Makes me wonder if this series will only be adored by lifelong fans like myself. I've been an talking encyclopedia to my wife as she's watching with me.

Egwene is the most dissimilar to the book. But let's be honest, Robert Jordan didn't exactly write women very well. They were all arrogant and condescending. This Egwene is more likable. So is Morraine... and Nynaeve...

Love the Logain early entry creating tension. Although there's literally like 5,000 pages in the book till we see him again. Looks like there going to trim a ton of fat (thank goodness).
 

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I still have my 1st edition copy of Eye of the World that I picked up as a high schooler. I only tried it because I loved Jordan's work on Conan the Barbarian. I read the 1st 100 pages and thought, "Is this whole book going to be about barrels of beer and farming!?!" Then the Trolloc busted through the door and the rest is history. Worst part was waiting for 1-2 years between book releases. I've read EotW around 10 times.

I've dreamed of this series for literally decades (Egad, 30 years). When I saw the preview I got sick to my stomach because I thought there is no way you can make this work on the screen. There's like 6 million characters. There's like 14,000 pages. Everyone's going to compare it to GoT or LotR. There's just no way I'll like it.

I was wrong. I've had a blast watching this one. I realize it's not for everyone. People are foolishly comparing it to GoT. They are nothing alike (ie. characters rarely die in WoT and just about everyone dies in GoT. And WoT is far more black and white with good and evil.)

I'm ok with the changes. Although it's tough watching my favorite character, Perrin, go through the turmoil of losing his wife. I'm not sure I like that addition.

They nailed the characters. Love Rand, Matt, Perrin, Thom, Nynaeve, Lan, and Morraine. They nailed the look of the weaving. Nailed the Warder complementary fighting tactics to the Aes Sedai. Nailed the rich culture of Ajah's, Tinkers, and White Cloaks giving the universe immediate depth. I wouldn't be surprised at this point if Seanchan show up early. Although I'm concerned too many non readers will get lost in all the culture. Makes me wonder if this series will only be adored by lifelong fans like myself. I've been an talking encyclopedia to my wife as she's watching with me.

Egwene is the most dissimilar to the book. But let's be honest, Robert Jordan didn't exactly write women very well. They were all arrogant and condescending. This Egwene is more likable. So is Morraine... and Nynaeve...

Love the Logain early entry creating tension. Although there's literally like 5,000 pages in the book till we see him again. Looks like there going to trim a ton of fat (thank goodness).
As a non book reader I’m sort of lost, only watched 2 episodes.

I was lost in GoT too, I had to print the family trees and a map.

My wife doesn’t like the show so I will watch during ship visits when I’m alone.

I wish the whole series was out as my next trip is Monday !
 

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