ABC's Quest: Will You Continue On?

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Everealm is holding out for a hero; he or she has got to be fast, has got to be strong and has got to… complete all the challenges on The Quest, a new reality competition show which premiered Thursday on ABC.

Fortunately, 12 potential heroes-in-training, or “Paladins,” have already crossed over to this mystical realm, making their way over hill and dale and the Marwood Forest to the kingdom of Saenctum, where they are immediately tasked with saving everyone from the evil Verlox.

But that’s not all that happened in Thursday’s premiere. Before you tell us what you thought about The Quest, let’s recap tonight’s events.

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IN EVERY GENERATION | Jafar The Vizier — who seems very annoyed that he’s not Anthony Head — tells the Paladins the story of how the Fates gathered 12 heroes, testing them until they found the “One True Hero,” who went on to wield the sun spear and defeat the evil forces plaguing Everealm and sent Verlox (this realm’s Sauron) packing. Now each time Verlox returns, the Fates give 12 new Paladins the pieces of the spear, which our contestants now possess.

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CAPUT DRACONIS | The next moment is like a page out of Harry Potter, as Crio — the Paladins’ guide to this here crazy realm — shows them their living quarters in the castle: a common room, epic roundtable and all! Amidst the hubbub, Patrick (who is such a Hufflepuff) does the math and figures out that one of the guys will be rooming with a girl. (Surprise, it’s him!) His new roomie is Bonnie (also a total Hufflepuff), who Andrew says is like a sister to him.

CAMP FULLBLOOD | The next morning, the Paladins are awoken by the loud and grumpy Ansgar, the man responsible for training them. (Side note: Ansgar is totally channelling a passed-over-for-the-Defence-Against-the-Dark-Arts-position Snape.) They are led to their first challenge, which divides them into teams of three and has them shooting arrows at a field of straw dummies. The winning team is Ashley, Andrew and Bonnie, who are awarded the “mark of leadership.” The losing team of Katie, Patrick and Christian now face “banishment,” The Quest‘s version of an elimination.

CHANGING FATE |Later that night, Crio leads everyone to the Fates, which actually look as magical as everyone says. Katie, Patrick and Christian are forced to complete one last “Fates Challenge” to save themselves. The task one involves archery, so Christian lets his inner Katniss rip and avoids going home. That leaves Patrick and Katie to be “judged” by their fellow Paladins.

Here, the discussion takes an interesting turn as the contestants discuss who would be able to help the “One True Hero” in the long run and might be worth keeping. It also becomes clear that Christian (the resident Slytherin) believes he’s already won the whole competition. When their time is up, the Paladins literally stand behind TheQuest_Fates_DWthe person they want to stay. So just like that, the tribe speaks and Katie is banished, handing over her piece of the sun spear before vanishing into… smoke?

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The Quest is every bit of fun you’d want from a summer reality competition series, especially one that incorporates narrative storytelling around each challenge. The great special effects bring to life the more mystical elements and help sell the wonder the contestants are expressing. More than that, having to save the kingdom reduces the personal drama between the contestants and the fact that they can see who everyone is voting for should keep things interesting. Also, there’s probably going to be a dragon at some point. I’ll definitely return to Everealm next week.

That’s what we think, but what’s your take? Grade The Quest via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.

 

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17 Comments
  1. The narration was annoying in the beginning, but once the actors started guiding the game it became much better. As a long-time Talisman player, it appeals to me greatly. I’ll keep watching.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing the paladins find their inner hero!

  3. CGS says:

    Damn after three years of being reality free, this summer I somehow got sucked into Big Brother and now this. Damn!

  4. Liz says:

    I would have liked to have seen what happened in the woods instead of seeing them in the “prison”. Looks interesting, I’ll give it another go.

  5. Carla Krae says:

    It was fun. And I do hope competition will remain friendly. I much prefer that over a lot of whining and backstabbing.

  6. inabubble says:

    Turning a persons Fantasy into a Reality then into a realistic fantasy! I want to be there and experience the fun!! Can’t wait for next week.

  7. sheri says:

    Can I watch this with my nine year old?

    • Heron says:

      Yes. It’s kid friendly. I like it because everyone is happy to be there. And thus far it is about working together from a place of goodness. So rare on realities shows nowadays. It’s the only one I would watch that doesn’t make me shake my head at the behaviours of people.

  8. cjeffery7 says:

    oh my god this is like larping on reality tv. mad props to ABC for sticking their neck out on such a wildcard version of reality!

  9. Linda Howell says:

    I am surprised that the actors are really good. Better than alot of supposedly real “actors”. I will keep watching.

  10. Steve Halpern says:

    The Quest producers did an awesome job in creating a new reality challenge show, but they forgot that it’s 2014! The lack of graphics, and the literal narration of moving from one room to the next slowed everything down…….some creative editing, more lower thirds would bring Everealm into the current realm of TV making.

  11. James says:

    This show has a very cool premise. Although, a lot of critics had harsh things to say about the show. I enjoyed it! I hope it builds up a following… It will be interesting to see what other lands and characters they introduce to this storyline. I’ll definitely be back to see what’s to come.

  12. O'Brien says:

    Sorry, couldn’t even watch a full episode. Changed the channel. This Dungeons and Dragons immersion experience was too silly and boring to watch. Throwing a bunch of slang-talking Americans with strong regional accents into a British backdrop was dissonant and jarring. The emphasis on combat arts competitions is off-putting, especially with so many female contenders. It’s also unfair – these women don’t have the same upper body strength to hurl, smash, or slash as do the males. This Act-out-a quasi-medieval-fantasy-quest scenario could be a great premise for a vacation get-a-way — much like a ‘murder’ who-dunnit dinner theatre, but it just doesn’t work as a TV show. 12 contestants – does this mean it will drone on for another 2 1/2 months? Poor ABC.

  13. O'Brien says:

    Was this article written by a junior high student? It’s like so Totally over the top with Harry Potter references that have zero connection to this show. A wicked awesome reviewer would kinda have read the Tolkien books or maybe watched the movies to get a clue.

  14. Jocelan says:

    I want to sign up my daughter to be on the next Quest. She needs something to do. She loves the costumes and loves the time period that this takes place. She thinks she can survive in the wilderness with nothing but her (knowledge of?) skills and I would like to see her survive the basics such as this show offers. She also loves horses. Please help me. Thank you.

  15. Mrs. Kenya says:

    I like the show. What I don’t like is the way that SOME of the participants do not stand behind what they said when it comes to people being banished. Christian should have been banished two episodes back. 3 out of 4 episodes he was in the bottom 3. Now, one of the women has a scar on her nose because of him.

  16. Eric says:

    My one complain is that there was absolutely no work put into the “fighting” in the show. Anyone who knows the barest amount about swordplay and other weapons can tell within the first second that there was no training, even for the actors.

    I cringed every time they showed the scene of the paladins “training” with the sword and the final battle with the sun spear was horrendous.

    I’d love another season, but certainly hope that they put at least a little effort into this aspect.

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