It’s a pretty good time for fantasy on television. Not since the heady days of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess have we had so many swords, fortresses, and leather jerkins on our TVs at once—during prime time nonetheless. Enter ABC’s The Quest, a reality show that promises something new: a carefully crafted fantasy world that 12 contestants enter to compete for the honor of being the One True Hero, who will wield the Sunspear and banish evil from the world of Everealm.
At first, I was worried the show was going to be condescending—look at these contestants giving themselves over to the fantasy, committing to the roles, isn’t that goofy? Definitely not something normal people would do. But that fear turned out to be baseless. Instead, The Quest does something worse: It makes fantasy really, really, boring. READ FULL STORY