~ Arthur is a introduced to us as a bit of a dick in whole new exciting ways. I can already see that his journey will involve him learning not to be a selfish dick (sleeping with your brother's girl? Classy! Although somewhat poetic I suppose given how his great love ends...) He's shown some promise in the first ep but also some behaviour which isn't exactly worthy of the once and future king (where's the money?!). I did worry that the guy playing him would just not have the weight (too wet behind the ears?) but actually so far he's doing a very good job.
~ Morgan is BAMF-HBIC, no other word for it. And yes she's a totally ambitious, revengeful bitch, but she's also had her mother murdered and no one to stand up for her when her father just discarded her so he could play happy families with the woman who replaced her mother. You can understand where she's coming from and that makes her all the more interesting. She clearly really emotionally damaged. And Eva Green...damn that woman is...damn...She is stunning in a completely terrifying way.
~ I am intrigued by her 'I'm sorry' to Arthur. Presumably she knew his 'mother' would die (but didn't we all? We've see this story before.... *cough*Star Wars*cough*). Did she feel some sympathy for him having gone through it herself? This speaks of potential shades of grey which I like.
~ Also interesting how Merlin very purposely didn't tell Arthur about her until much later and then as an afterthought - was that because he didn't think her a threat or...? I suspect these two are going to end up damn well hating each other very quickly.
~ Merlin is one sinister mofo. I like him very much. I like that they've got the idea of the older, guiding Merlin without making him too old. He's also really shady and has definite hints of hubris about him. Considering a lot of the old legends are about how Merlin essentially tries to do the right thing but in the end messes up badly, that fits very well. His looking into Arthur's dreams? Creepy!
~ Overgrown Camelot set in beautiful and it's always good to see James Purefoy in something.
~ I'm not sure I particularly like Igraine. She's a bit feeble for my liking. And the girl with Arthur at the start was clearly chosen for her boobs and bum, not her acting ability.
There's absolutely no comparison to Merlin. This is an adult shows and there's hardly a scene in it which would be suitable in Merlin. It's a more traditional telling of the story and yet they're still making it their own. I suspect it will also be less cut and dried and a bit more on the epic side. In some ways it's a 'better' show (more grit, more drama, more intrigue) but that doesn't really take anything away from Merlin which is still very good as doing what it does. They're different, not rivals, enjoy them both!
I do suspect this won't make me want to bash the writers over their dodgy sense of good and evil though :D