Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling is another TV show like Sanctuary that began life on the internet only to be picked up by SyFy. It follows the story of a traveller who goes by the name Rises, who is wandering the dangerous lands of Eleysia with her wolf Fenrir. Riese is being hunted by a religious cult, mainly because she has the royal mark and is the only real threat to their power base, one which was presumably stolen from the royal lineage.
The religious cult have embraced the industrial revolution and have a distinct steampunk style, with a fair bit of steampunk styled robotic technology being fused onto their warriors.
As Riese continues on her journey she discovers sinister plans that the religious cult has with the stealing and experimentation on all new born babies.
It’s an intriguing mix of medieval fantasy with semi-modern steampunk, and to be honest does take a while to get going. But going it does get, only to end a little too abruptly.
Hopefully SyFy will see fit to give Rises: Kingdom Falling a serious chance at becoming a fully fledged TV show, because based on this teaser, Rises could have some fantastic possibilities.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read