19 July 2006 | newton20032004
Etheria: a prequel and a sequel to Encantadia
Etheria is the second installment of the Encantadia saga. A sequel to Encantadia, the second book of the TV series saga revolves on the four Sang'gres going back to the past, to the time where Etheria (a lost kingdom) was in its full glory to save Cassandra, the last Sang'gre in the bloodline who was brought to the past and is said to be the key for Etheria to be powerful again.
Etheria was equally glamorous and ambitious as Encantadia. With a stellar cast, a very good plot and its magical elements. However, it has failed to meet expectations ratings-wise. Encantadia was a top-rater in its course. Initially, Etheria on its first episodes was able to maintain the lead. Its ratings however dramatically decreased and has failed to consistently top in its time slot. Etheria wasn't able to maintain the ratings of Encantadia because of the complicated story lines since it involved time travel and that fans are expecting it to be a "pure" prequel. Furthermore, there are too many characters introduced which added confusion to the audience.
Etheria was very much like a prequel because more questions raised on book 1 were answered, doubts were cleared and shocking revelations to the delight of the viewers. The history of Encantadia was the highlight of the second book. But technically, this is a sequel to the series.