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The Wheel of Time Season 1 Episode 4 review: Is Logain, played by Alvaro Morte, indeed the Dragon Reborn?

The episode explores the past of Logain and his powers. Even though Moiraine is not convinced that he is the Dragon Reborn, which he claims he is, she struggles to find evidence against him as she discovers his immense power

  • Akhila Damodaran

Last Updated: 03.30 AM, Nov 27, 2021

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The Wheel of Time Season 1 Episode 4 review: Is Logain, played by Alvaro Morte, indeed the Dragon Reborn?
The Wheel of Time Season 1 Episode 4

Story:

The fantasy series follows the story of Moiraine (played by Rosamund Pike), a member of a powerful all-female organisation Aes Sedai as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn. The series is based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, which have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, The Wheel of Time was adapted for television by executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins. The series stars Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, Madeleine Madden and Daniel Henney.   

Review:

The new episode begins with the story of Logain, captured by Aes Sedai after he claims that he is the Dragon Reborn. Played by Alvaro Morte, the episode looks more interesting because of The Professor of Money Heist as it explores his character. Logain forcefully takes over the Ghealdon kingdom and the soldiers are seen frantically running for their lives. They look helpless and powerless in front of Logain as he magically emanates a black entity (hinting at something evil) to strike back at them. 

Meanwhile, Moiraine recovers with the help of Aes Sedai sisters. They move to their camp where they have captured Logain in a cage and regularly monitor him to ensure he does not melt or break it open.

Rand and Mat run away with Thom Merrilin. Mat and Rand look cute as they indulge in some 'bromance' as patch things up. 

Perrin and Egwene join the nomads as they have no other option. The performances of the actors are commendable, especially Perrin and Egwene. They make you feel sympathetic towards their situation as they try to fight all odds and reunite with their friends. Egwene is asked by one of the fellow members if her special someone is alive and she hopefully says yes. Her expression as she says yes even though when she is not sure hit the emotional chords with you.

The Aes Sedai camp gets attacked by Logain's army. The use of slow-motion shots during the fight is well-thought. These shots along with the background score add to the intense drama. However, the show also hints that Logain may not be that evil as he appears to be and that he is just a victim of some tragedy that has left him doubting humanity. You feel sorry for him when you see that he loses control over himself when the voices in his head take over him. He shows his humane side when he lets his aide go even though the voices in his head tell him to kill him as he is not trustworthy. He also looks guilty after he accidentally kills Moiraine's warder and some of Aes Sedai sisters. But they all come back alive with the power of Nynaeve, which leaves everyone surprised and wondering if they had indeed caught the wrong Dragon Reborn.  

The stunts are well choreographed and immaculate. It transports you to the time the story is set in with amazing choreography. The scenes are well directed and use great transitions, especially between a scene of Perrin and Egwene walking at sunset to a lantern in the hut where Rand and Mat take shelter. It will wow you.  

Verdict:

The episode gives you a lot to catch on to and demands constant attention. But it is fascinating to see Alvaro Morte speak English and perform so well, making you feel sorry for him at one point and disliking him at the other. 

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