LEGEND QUEST (Syfy) Series Premiere Advance Review


What do you get when you mix The Da Vinci Code with Raiders of the Lost Ark and then throw in a real life symbologist, his producer and a camera crew following them all around the world? You get LEGEND QUEST Syfy’s latest show premiering tonight at 10:00 pm ET. Legend Quest follows Ashley Cowlie, a real life symbologist, on his adventures around the globe to track down ancient relics and artifacts. He uses his knowlege of symbols coupled with clues found in ancient writings to create a map to lead his way. He is accompanied by his field producer, Kinga Phillips, who appears to be there mostly for Ashley to explain his findings, theories, and history.

I had the opportunity to review the first episode of Legend Quest in advance. It is definitely a unique show. Peppered between the footage of Ashley and his crew are animations and illustrations to help explain each relic, its history and its legend. I found it to be a great device to tell the story behind the item for which they were searching. The first episode had the crew tracking down two relics, the Ark of the Covenant and the Mayan Talking Cross. Their escapades took them to such places as Ethiopia, Italy, France, and Central America. They would visit small ancient towns and then end up in bigger more developed cities. Along the way, they would find translators, guides, and of course ancient holy men to help them solve the mystery of the particular relic and guide them toward its hidden spot.

I was intrigued by the premise of this show as I had not heard much about it. After watching the first episode, I believe it is a show that I would watch if I happened upon it, but not one that I would seek out to watch regularly. The best part, to me, was the historical aspect of it. There was information I learned about Noah and the Ark that was not taught in my Catholic schooling. I also enjoyed the symbolic part and how you could track symbols to lead you the way, just like in The Da Vinci Code. The show also did a great animation trick to light up symbols to make it easier for the viewer to see. The only thing I really disliked was the overdramatization in some areas. If I heard the host say one more time “a fair haired man like myself” when explaining why an Ethopian town would be reluctant to share their secrets, I thought I would scream. Overall, however, the host is engaging and the stories held my interest.

Tune in tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET for the premiere of Legend Quest and then come back here and tell me what you thought down below. Is this a show that you will be tuning in for every week?

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