In Review: The Wheel Of Time (S1 – EP4) The Dragon Reborn

Moiraine struggles with uncertainty while Lan struggles with their new companion.
Dragon

Synopsis: In The Dragon Reborn. Moiraine struggles with uncertainty while Lan struggles with their new companion. Rand wonders about Mat. Egwene and Perrin take their first steps down a different path. An incredible new power is unleashed on the world.

 

The Story

Picking the story up from last week. Moiraine, Lan and Nynaeve al’Meara have met up with Liandrin Guirale and the other Aes Sedai who captured Logain Ablar in last week’s episode. Liandrin and her group of Aes Sedai are struggling to contain Ablar who is possessed by magical entities and is claiming himself to be the Dragon. Indeed, Liandrin doubts that the group will be able to contain him during their long journey back to the White Tower. With that in mind. Moiraine who is now healed of her wounds offers to help.

At the Aes Sedai encampment. Lan is still in the process of getting to know Nynaeve, but things get a little easier when she joins him and a group of other Warders for a few drinks. Where many stories are shared. 

Elsewhere, Egwene and Perrin continue to travel the roads with the travelers that they met last week. Egwene seems to be embracing their lifestyle a little whereas Perrin is struggling a little bit and has a few trust issues.

Meanwhile, Rand has cause to wonder about his friend Mat. He has some concerns about whether his friend is of the right mind.

Back at the Aes Sedai encampment. Logain Ablar’s army attacks and a new power is revealed when all looks to be lost.

 

The Acting

This week’s episode gives us a few solid acting performances. We get to see more of Kate Fleetwood this week as we learn a bit more about Liandrin Guirale. I really enjoyed the unspoken tension between Liandrin and Moiraine (Rosamund Pike). It’s very telling that these two powerful women have completely different ideologies. Added to this is another scene in which Liandrin tries to get a feel for whether or not Nynaeve al’Meara could be a potential ally or threat to her. 

Zoë Robins also has some good scenes as Nynaeve al’Meara. I loved her scenes with Lan (Daniel Henney). Especially the moment where Lan tells her what the story that her parents used to tell her actually means. As it becomes a pretty important bit of foreshadowing for the big reveal at the end of the episode. 

 

Overall

 

 

This is the best episode to date in that we get a lot more about the mythology of the world as well as some interesting dynamics. I liked how the women of the Aes Sedai have a system of colors to represent what elements they stand behind as well as what their particular job is. I also liked the interesting internal politics that seemed to be playing out between them. 

Overall. A solid episode that expands on the story.

9.5
The Wheel Of Time (S1 - EP4) The Dragon Reborn
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.6
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

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