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27 February 2011 @ 12:59 pm
Starz are good at that whole epic thing...  
Saw the first episode of Camelot this morning. Since I love it's 'sister show', Spartacus, I was hoping for good things from this and it didn't disappoint...

~ 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

 
 
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lovepb: Merlin - Gwen/Morgana Ealdorlovepb on February 27th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'll be doing a review later but for now I'll say that I agree with you on Arthur, he was such an arse. Though I suppose that they think that gives him ample room to grow and become loved.
doylefan22: Merlin - Morgause armourdoylefan22 on March 1st, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think that's the point of him being an arse.

At least I hope it is! He showed glimmers of promise but boy has got a lot to learn.
ericadawn16: Weirdericadawn16 on February 27th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Gosh, this doesn't make me have any less trepidation with watching Camelot, lol. What makes Merlin work so well for me is that it's so untraditional and different. I'll still try it though.

However, once they get done with the Camelot push...on to Torchwood...
doylefan22: Merlin - Morgause armourdoylefan22 on March 1st, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's more traditional but at the same time they're definitely doing their own version of the story.

It's definitely a lot more adult.

It'll be very interesting to see what sort of tonal shift Torchwood takes once it's a Starz production. It'll very much be in the vein of Children of Earth rather than the previous series imo.
kat_rowe: dark side/sparklykat_rowe on March 5th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
this sounds fascinating. I may need to don an eye-patch soon...