Weeping willow

Published January 28, 2023

The marketing poster for Willow featuring artist renderings of the characters in purple and red magical hues

It took me a little while to get up the courage to watch the TV show Willow, based on the film of the same name. We’ve only just recently watched the movie - something we’d both seen before and yet could remember almost nothing about. So the world was fresh in my mind, but even so, I couldn’t see how a TV show would add anything to what is a beloved (although not really by me) universe.

I finished the show recently, eight episodes of high fantasy, magic and adventure, that concluded with an ending that leaves plenty of scope for future series’ of further sorcery and angst. It grew on me, the series, the first couple of episodes were a bit of a slog, as they have to re-set up the world and introduce a new generation of characters. Once the adventure was underway, it was a bit better.

But I have to admit, and this feels weird given the title of the show, that Willow was the weakest character in the whole thing. I don’t know that the series suited actor Warwick Davis’ style particularly well but even apart from that, it was never really clear to me what Willow’s purpose in the show was. He seemed to veer from super sorcerer to comedic fraud depending on what the narrative needed.

When Willow wasn’t around, the other characters had a chance to shine and were brilliant. I loved the strained but growing relationship between Elora and Kit, the burgeoning love between Kit and Jade, and the breath of fresh air comedy from Boorman. There were high stakes at times, but also more relaxed and fun conversations and obviously plenty of good looking scenery along the way.

So I can’t decide whether I liked it or not - some was good, some was not so good. I don’t know if there’s going to be another series or not - I wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t, but if they do return then I’ll probably be watching.

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