Debuting January 5th, The Shannara Chronicles' two-part premiere is fantasy for a tween generation, for all the good and bad that comes along with that. It's a reinvention of the Terry Brooks novel and that isn't going to please purists, but some of the more interesting elements of the two-hour episode involve deviating from the source material.
It's a good thing "Chosen" is two hours long, because it needs both of them to find its groove. The series introduces Amberle immediately, showing us a strong elf princess who isn't afraid to subvert gender norms. In the opening sequence of the series, Amberle decides to run a gauntlet to prove she is worthy of being one of seven elven Chosen who have the honor of serving the magical tree the Ellcrys. No woman has been a Chosen as long as memory serves, so simply participating -- and, of course, eventually earning the honor -- is a major shock to the Elven world.