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YMMV / Spellbinder

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  • Broken Base: It's either first or second series, no middle ground. Fans either hate Kathy or Alex and Katrina.
  • Even Better Sequel: Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord was able to refine the basic idea from the first series, had much better pacing, provided stronger characters and was much more open-minded with its writing (a girl as the protagonist in an action-adventure series aimed mostly for boys just opens the list of improvements). It also avoided being as formulaic and anvilicious as the first series, so it aged better.
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  • Fan Fic Fuel: Given the premise of the show and ending of the second series (The Land of the Dragon Lord establishing two "routes" to other dimensions), you would expect an explosion of fan-fiction. None of this happen. On the other hand, the show predates internet, so there weren't many chances to publicise any fan-fiction.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The abandoned hospital set was a real, ruined palace. Back in the 90s, there were (and sadly still are) numerous places like this in Poland, neglected for decades under communist rule (as they were seen as relics of the decadent, feudal past) and with nobody to look after them post-1989.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Ashka. Throughout both series she managed to play just about everyone on her way to get what she wanted, often as Unwitting Pawns. But what makes her really interesting villain is her ability to instantly adopt to any changes around her, making it hard to just keep up with her for the heroes. She also avoids Villain Ball almost completely, so it takes serious effort to bring her down.
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  • Newer Than They Think: Everyone in the Land of the Dragon Lord keeps on repeating how old and ancient their civilization is... being 400 years old. Ashka laughs at this notion, saying that even Spellbinders have ruled her world for longer.

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