Wheel Of Time Is Making A Mistake Rushing Through The Books
Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time series is moving at quite the pace in its first three episodes and it could be a mistake to rush through the plot.
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Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time series is making a mistake rushing through the books so quickly. Based on a sprawling series of novels by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time follows a group of Ta’veren following Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine Sedai. They will face down the Dark One in the hopes of saving the World of the Wheel from another Breaking, an event that has repeated itself throughout millennia.
In its first three episodes, The Wheel of Time spent time introducing its expansive cast of characters before sending the Emond’s Field Five on their journey. By the end of episode 1, the Two Rivers are behind our young heroes and they are well on their way to seeing more of the world than they ever thought they would. By the end of The Wheel of Time episode 3, the group has been split up and the series has already surpassed several major plot points from the books.
By burning through so much plot so quickly, The Wheel of Time is making a mistake in rushing through what makes the novels so great. By the time Rand, Egwene, Mat, and Perrin leave Emond’s Field, readers are well aware of who they are as people and what motivates them both in their desire to stay in their small village and the pull they feel towards the epic journey they having in front of them. The first three episodes of the series cover roughly under half of Jordan’s first novel, The Eye of the World, and it robs audiences of the chance to sit with the characters of The Wheel of Time and find out who they are before they are sent on their epic journey.
Of course, with only eight episodes in The Wheel of Time, showrunner Rafe Judkins has made the logical choice to get to the meat of the story. Rushing the main characters out of their homes and into the thick of the drama seems like a smart route to draw viewers in and introduce them to the vast world of The Wheel of Time. Still, with such an epic tale, it’s important that the characters are understood and one of the main criticisms of The Wheel of Time, alongside changing characters’ ages, is the lack of character development in favor of telling the story rather quickly. This dulls big developments like the return of Nynaeve after she is attacked by the trollocs and Mat’s taking of a cursed knife from the cursed city of Shadar Logoth.
Where The Wheel of Time goes from here will determine what its future looks like. With 14 books in the overall series, there is plenty of time to flesh out the core characters of the saga. This will be important as the central group of Nynaeve, Egwene, Rand, Mat, and Perrin will have to wrestle with great moral quandaries, including just what it means to be the Dragon Reborn, The Wheel of Time’s prophesized savior. With five more episodes to go in season 1 and The Wheel of Time season 2 on the way, the Prime Video series will be around for a while, but its pace will ultimately determine whether or not its sticks in audiences’ minds.