Spells of Fury – Season 4 Review

Spells of Fury – Season 4 Review

Assuming one can accept the plot divergences from the three Eastwick & Down games (so far), Spells of Fury will have to be one of the best series out there. And this fourth season doesn’t disappoint.

Many initially dismissed a show based on a “stupid computer game” but a massive budget has ensured this season to be the biggest ever. And hey, if a show can last more than one season then it must be good. Anyway, the set designs are awesome, the castles as big as the costumes are skanky. Of course, there’s no shortage of CGI which far supersedes what has been previously seen. You don’t want to miss the much-anticipated episode nine when the armies gather at the Dark Pyramid. More on that later.

The first episode continues from where we left off with Fabnuil saving his fellow Elven warriors from encircling Orcs. There’s nothing quite like opening with decapitations and lots of titties afterwards when they celebrate at the nearest tavern. Not sure where the directors’ fascination with nudity comes from but viewers can certainly see where it’s going and this season continues that trend.

Newcomer Jane Partridge plays the much talked about Lady Sorley and her entrance is grand. Let’s just say it involves daggers and a nasty spell. It beats Elixx’s entrance in season two with that red dress. To the disappointment of some, Partridge is one of the few who doesn’t strip. Not once in all ten episodes. Instead, given her stage experience, she tends to overact but in an amusingly tasteful way. Her character arc intersects with Sir Lawson’s interestingly. We know from last season that he was a closet bisexual but it’s no surprise that Lady Sorley walks in on him with Sir Bob and threatens to expose them both (a bit more than they’ve already done themselves). Their trading of insults are always entertaining.

The editing is seamless which is a real compliment given the high number of characters and the associated intercutting required. Fabnuil’s Elven warriors, Ursula and the stoned wizard, and Lady Sorley may be considered to be the main characters this season. Like previous seasons, the weakness is the relative low screen-time per character. But the writers make every minute count, each scene full of blood, internal organs, flying limbs and exposed groin areas to put most anatomy textbooks to shame.

As the entire season three indicated and set up, the multiple plot threads converge on the ominous Dark Pyramid. It’s not a spoiler to say the interested parties gather at that place in episode nine. The writing may be the weakest here, resorting to the avoid-boredom-by-inserting-zombie-army tactic. But the battle looks great and the operatic score enhances the suspense, far better than what is heard on cooking competition shows.

Whether a fan of the games or not, the show has something for everyone; with enough real acting from a classically trained cast to legitimatize the various forms of outrageous sex and violence.

Rating: 22.1/10

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“Spells of Fury – Season 4 Review” was shortlisted for The Clone Ebert Award at Needle In The Hay, July 2015.