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29 June 2009 @ 12:19 am
I've been meaning to watch the BBC show 'Merlin' for awhile now, it sounding like something I'd enjoy. I never got around to it, but now they are showing it on CTV, so tonight I watched a couple of episodes. Unfortunately, I missed the first two episodes since they showed them on Father's Day last weekend. Thus, I was slightly confused...

First off, I guess Guinevere is a maid? Which is sort of weird? Since she's Guinevere? And it seems like she loves Merlin? Which is also weird? Since she's Guinevere?

And, until I just wiki'd a second ago, I was under the impression that Morgana (I spent the first half hour of the first episode I watched going 'someone call her by name, dammit, I don't know who she's supposed to be!') was married to Uther, but apparently she's actually his ward. I had sound reasoning for why I assumed they were married, but apparently my detective skills are off. I suppose her being a ward makes it less icky if she and Arthur get together, as opposed to them being related.

Other than those two things, I followed the rest of the characters easily enough. I enjoyed all the actors, though Merlin's character is slightly bland to me at this point. I think I want a bit more mischievous Merlin, but maybe that will come later on. He did spend most of the second episode I saw in a coma, so that's not the best time to judge. I especially enjoy Bradley James as Arthur, who manages to do a really great combination of benevolence, arrogance, enthusiasm and eye smouldering. Plus, I could listen to Anthony Head talk all day.

So, I shall continue to watch and hopefully I'll be able to find the first two episodes somewhere before long. Arthurian stories are always fun since there are so many different interpretations of it. Not to mention spellings and pronounciations of characters' names.
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formerly lifeinsomniac: MoranSortedjoonscribble on June 29th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I sort of had to leave all my knowledge of Arthurian legends at the door when I first watched this series. But then after awhile it became sort of a fun AU of stories I loved as a kid.

Definitely the series improves as the episodes move forward. The last four were probably my favorite. I'm not sure if Merlin ever gets more mischievous, but I give props to Colin Morgan in just the fact that as the episodes went on, it really started to dawn on me how much responsibility in general was getting heaped on him.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: wizard wizardingawanderingbard on June 30th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I just watched the first episode and am much more pleased with Merlin. Colin Morgan has a great sidelong 'devil-in-the-eyes' look that was more 'Merlin' to me. His slight flaily-ness is cute, too. Plus I love Gwen's inability to talk to him at all.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 1st, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I found it funny that Gwen was so tongue-tied around Merlin at the start of the series, but she's fairly competent at talking to Lancelot. I mean, comparatively competent.
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc: On Expitition (Hephalump)awanderingbard on July 4th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I haven't run into Lancelot yet, he's this Sunday. He's also Isaac Santiago Cabrera. I heartily approve of this.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Team Walesjoonscribble on July 4th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Everyone ends up a bit starry-eyed around Lancelot. And I do mean everyone.