|Rated: TV-PG for language, sexual scenes, and violence|
Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kreuk, and Isabella Rosselini
Released: December 2004 (Sci-Fi Channel premiere)
Based on the novels of Ursula K. LeGuin. As seen on the Sci-Fi channel.
The Good: This is the first miniseries I've watched in a while...but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I couldn't get into the original novels, but, these two episodes told a captivating story that kept me on the edge of my seat. All of the performers did very well, and the two antagonists were appropriately despicable. The special effects were great for a made-for-TV production. Also, surprisingly, the profanity quotient was very low; I think I heard about two utterances of expletives the whole time, even with closed captioning.
The Bad: While the language may have been quite minor, a few sex scenes--one of which included partial nudity--and some bloody violence may disturb discerning viewers; then again, the illicit affairs are done by the antagonists, which means such actions are vilified. Young children may also be scared by the main villain, who smacks of Harry Potter's sworn enemy Voldemort. Of course, there's also the usage of magic, but you already knew that...right?
- Sex: An unmarried couple is seen in bed three times; some passionate kissing. 2/5
- Nudity: Partial female nudity in a sex scene; shirtless guys. 2/5
- Language: One usage each of the d-word and h-word. 4/5
- Violence: Fantasy violence throughout; a woman is impaled with bloody results; another woman is hung (not graphic); yet another woman is poisoned; a man is presumably stabbed to death. 2/5
- Drugs: A woman is poisoned. 4/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: The hanging; the impaling; a demon-like creature is rather hideous and talks in a scary voice. 1/5
- Other: Usage of magic throughout. 4/5