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Sunday night’s biggest televised offerings were all about spectacle—the furor over Kanye’s stage-rushing recidivism, Better Call Saul‘s big debut—but over on FXX one event attempted to skate by undetected. At 1:30 a.m. EST/PST, the network aired Winter Dragon, a pilot based on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time fantasy series.
Much as you might expect from an all-but-unannounced pilot running during the wee hours of the night, it was abysmal. The CGI during the opening exposition sequence recalls the opening to Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy run through a PlayStation 2; the performances are histrionic. No one but Wheel Of Time superfans would have any reason to be interested in this, and fewer still would come away hopeful for a full series. But quality aside, this was a stealth adaptation of one of the most beloved genre sagas of all time, running on an otherwise respected network—how the hell did it come to pass? The question has no easy answer, but here’s everything we know about the production so far.