Now that summer’s here and everything good is either on hiatus or counting down to its premiere, I decided to catch up on Legend of the Seeker, a fantasy series based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. I’m not a huge Goodkind fan and I wasn’t able to really get into the books, but I thought I might as well give it a shot.
And perhaps because I didn’t pay the books much attention, I thought the show was good fun. I think it skews a bit lower demographically than the books but I didn’t feel penalized for not being an adolescent. Much.
However, leaving that aside, as soon as I saw the opening chase sequence, I began to feel that I’d seen Bridget Regan (who plays Kahlan the Confessor) somewhere before. At first I thought it must be the whole introductory beautiful-woman-in-white-on-a-horse-escaping-pursuing-soldiers thing that gave me a strong Lord of the Rings flashback (especially as the series is filmed in New Zealand) or perhaps I’d seen her on some other show. But in the middle of episode 3, I finally got it.
It wasn’t so much that she looked like Liv Tyler, it’s that she looked like almost every heroine in a sci-fi / fantasy movie that’s come out in the recent past.
Even Kate Beckinsale, who started out the Underworld series with a really short do that fell in short bangs across her face as befits a werewolf-hunting vampire, ended up looking like this:
Of course, Angelina Jolie is a big time movie star. She doesn’t have to follow the groupthink’s dictat. Therefore, in Wanted, she left out the ringlets and swept it off her face. So there!
No wonder Archie chose Veronica.