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18 October 2008 @ 12:45 pm
Latest Obsession: New BBC TV show "Merlin"  
Well it seems now that I've gone and added a new obsession/fandom to my already long list--"Merlin," the new BBC show on Saturday evenings that stars Anthony Steward Head (Giles!) and gives a new, fresh take on the Arhurian legend.  Now I am a sucker for both ASH (Giles!) and Arthurian Legend, so I suppose it was inveitable that I began watching this show....;) 

And so far I am enjoying it, even though it really isn't that amazing, and can be cheesy at times--but I don't know, I want to keep watching all the same!  Probably because it differs so much from the original legend in so many ways (but follows it in others) that I want to find out how they'll do things.....for example, I still hope that Morgana (Morgan le Fay), Uther's "ward" will turn out to be Arthur's half-sister as she's supposed to be, in a great twist--though since the show seems to be developing a romance beteween them and since this is a Saturday afternoon family program, they probably won't go the incest route.....they'll just say I guess that she's his "adopted sister" and address the legend that way.....

Though for a Saturday afternoon family program this show sure is slashy as hell--even un-slash-oriented minds can see it between Arthur and Merlin, the slash practically writes itself, as some icons have said! ;)  This is another amusing thing to watch for, even though I ship Arthur/Morgana (a carryover I think from my love of Arthur/Morgaine in The Mists of Avalon).....

Anyway, I look forward to seeing the new episode, "Lancelot" this weekend! :) 

Today I'm finally finishing watching the 2004 "King Arthur" movie that I missed in theaters, but have always wanted to see, as part of the re-awakening of my Arhturian legend obsession with "Merlin" right now (I began watching this movie last summer, when my Arthur obsession was also reawakened and I re-read all of my favorite Arthur-related novels, as well as a new one).  It's also interesting in its retake of the Arthur legend.....
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: King Arthur Theme music
Agent 1.3: Serenity-taketotheskyllywela13 on October 18th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm loving Merlin. It is typical BBC teatime fare - it airs in their 'family' slot, meaning it has to appeal to both parents and kids, so it is never going to be sophisticated. But it is cute and charming, and I think it is getting better as it goes along, as the characters grow. I really enjoyed tonight's episode.

I really didn't enjoy the King Arthur movie as much as I wanted to. It was too much of a mishmash and took itself too seriously, tried too hard to pretend it was telling genuine history. Great casting, though.
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on November 1st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Yeah the King Arthur movie was okay, kind of silly and over-serious as you say (especially in everything surrounding Keira Knightley, lol), but enjoyable overall if you accept its slant. I can't believe they killed Lancelot though!!! :O