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« Topic Start: May 11, 2010, 03:42:39 pm »

Is anybody else watching the TV series Merlin? (It's currently shown in the U.S. on the Syfy Channel.)

It's basically the same "early years" approach that Smallville takes to the Superman mythos, only this time it's Arthurian legend. It's incredibly silly, not least in the liberties taken with the legend (Camelot has graduated from a castle to an entire kingdom; Guinevere is a low-born handmaiden to Morgana; etc.) And who knew that Britain was so very multi-culti back then?! (f'ex, Guinevere is half black, and black actors are sprinkled in various episodes liberally, without anyone batting a medieval eye.)

And yet, I'm still watching.

Oh, and for us Buffy fans, it's got Anthony Stewart Head.
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« Reply #1: May 11, 2010, 04:18:44 pm »

And who knew that Britain was so very multi-culti back then?! (f'ex, Guinevere is half black, and black actors are sprinkled in various episodes liberally, without anyone batting a medieval eye.)

I suppose some could have come to Britain with the Roman legions.
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« Reply #2: May 11, 2010, 04:22:29 pm »

I suppose some could have come to Britain with the Roman legions.

This is in fact the case.
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« Reply #3: May 11, 2010, 04:39:12 pm »

Is anybody else watching the TV series Merlin? (It's currently shown in the U.S. on the Syfy Channel.)

It's basically the same "early years" approach that Smallville takes to the Superman mythos, only this time it's Arthurian legend. It's incredibly silly, not least in the liberties taken with the legend (Camelot has graduated from a castle to an entire kingdom; Guinevere is a low-born handmaiden to Morgana; etc.) And who knew that Britain was so very multi-culti back then?! (f'ex, Guinevere is half black, and black actors are sprinkled in various episodes liberally, without anyone batting a medieval eye.)

And yet, I'm still watching.

Oh, and for us Buffy fans, it's got Anthony Stewart Head.

I watched the first season when it was on NBC (they moved it to Siffy for the second.  Granted, this show fits that network more than NBC).  I think I read that they were not even trying for historical accuracy and it is set in a more fictional fantasy setting.  To me, Merlin is more-or-less So-Bad-It's-Good snarkbait.  I think I may have liked it better if they didn't diverge so much from the vast majority of Arthurian Legend (such as making Morgana the ward of King Uther and not Arthur's half-sister, Mordred being a young barbarian boy the two briefly took in, etc.)
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« Reply #4: May 11, 2010, 04:44:55 pm »

This is in fact the case.

I didn't know that, but then, as I've often admitted, history is my worst subject.
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« Reply #5: May 11, 2010, 04:47:16 pm »

Is anybody else watching the TV series Merlin? (It's currently shown in the U.S. on the Syfy Channel.)

It's basically the same "early years" approach that Smallville takes to the Superman mythos, only this time it's Arthurian legend. It's incredibly silly, not least in the liberties taken with the legend (Camelot has graduated from a castle to an entire kingdom; Guinevere is a low-born handmaiden to Morgana; etc.) And who knew that Britain was so very multi-culti back then?! (f'ex, Guinevere is half black, and black actors are sprinkled in various episodes liberally, without anyone batting a medieval eye.)

And yet, I'm still watching.

Oh, and for us Buffy fans, it's got Anthony Stewart Head.

Just the commercials have run me off.
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« Reply #6: May 11, 2010, 07:14:11 pm »

I suppose some could have come to Britain with the Roman legions.

Yep. That's the case.
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« Reply #7: May 11, 2010, 09:41:39 pm »

Is anybody else watching the TV series Merlin? (It's currently shown in the U.S. on the Syfy Channel.)

It's basically the same "early years" approach that Smallville takes to the Superman mythos, only this time it's Arthurian legend. It's incredibly silly, not least in the liberties taken with the legend (Camelot has graduated from a castle to an entire kingdom; Guinevere is a low-born handmaiden to Morgana; etc.) And who knew that Britain was so very multi-culti back then?! (f'ex, Guinevere is half black, and black actors are sprinkled in various episodes liberally, without anyone batting a medieval eye.)

And yet, I'm still watching.

Oh, and for us Buffy fans, it's got Anthony Stewart Head.

Merlin strikes me as something that I'll probably take to watching on DVD a few years down the road, when my curiosity finally outweighs my dismay at its inaccuracies. The few bits I caught on Syfy when we first got cable (and everything was New and Sparkly!) did not impress me in the slightest.

Buffy is something I kinda want to start watching, though.
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« Reply #8: May 12, 2010, 04:55:09 am »

Merlin strikes me as something that I'll probably take to watching on DVD a few years down the road, when my curiosity finally outweighs my dismay at its inaccuracies. The few bits I caught on Syfy when we first got cable (and everything was New and Sparkly!) did not impress me in the slightest.

Buffy is something I kinda want to start watching, though.

It seems that way to me too. I love A.S.H (I can't be bothered always typing his full name) but the series looked a little too irritating from the bits that I have watched so far.

Buffy and Angel- I have them all. I love them. A.S.H is brilliant in Buffy, and Angel was a really good spin off. The cross overs were done well, too.
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« Reply #9: May 12, 2010, 03:03:38 pm »

Buffy and Angel- I have them all. I love them. A.S.H is brilliant in Buffy, and Angel was a really good spin off. The cross overs were done well, too.

Gotta say, I never took to Angel. But Buffy rules. Seasons 3 and 5 are the best. And the musical episode (near as I can tell, the first TV lesbian sex scene climax set to song ever!) was brilliant. A few years back they showed it in a local theater as a sing-along; it was a total blast.
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