King Arthur? That movie puts this cheese to shame.
King Arthur? That movie puts this cheese to shame.
Like everyone said, the similar references are to be expected as they are deriving from the same mythology - that being said, both take particular twists on the original concepts of Morgana/Morgain and other aspects of the legends.
Merlin is an okay family entertainment show. If I had kids I'd rather them watch something like that than Strictly Come Dancing or X Factor
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Being British myself, I just don't get who recent British fantasy and sci-fi shows are appealing too. The standard is complete garbage. I've seen better live action kids TV during the 90s than shows like Merlin, Robbin Hood, Primeval, etc.
I understand that it actually finds a market upon export to the US though. Probably largely because of the success the new Dr. Who and Torchwood. Which are both of the same poor standard as far as I'm concerned.
It truly boggles my mind that this stuff isn't on at 4pm in the afternoon or Saturday mornings.
I really wish someone in the UK would make a serious fantasy or sci-fi drama. Sick of this kiddy crap...
Does anyone know if this has been sent to American television yet on BBCAmerica?
It is on schedule for a spring timeslot on NBC, here in the states.
I watched the first few episodes. I'll put forth that it at least is more appealing, generally speaking, than the ridiculous Legend of the Seeker. All the same, I will continue to watch both until it comes to the point where my time is too important and I have to make choices.
It's a very different version from any other Arthurian story, with Arthur being a pampered princeling brought up by his own father. I suppose that's part of the beauty of the legend: because it *is* a legend it can be taken anywhere you want it to go.
In the new version at least there is proper magic to it. Not like the abomination that was First Knight. The castle that they found to film the exterior scenes is quite stunning, and truly worthy of being Camelot. Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Guinevere are all personable; Uther is a bit of a cliche but Tony Head makes a good show of it. I doubt that this series could ever replace my beloved Penguin book by Roger Lancelyn Green - the one with the pictures done as papercuts - in my affections, but it's no disgrace to either the BBC or the legend of Arthur.
As a "generation" show it works jolly well. Mr W and I can sit and enjoy it with the sprogs, and there are so few programmes about that suit all four of us, that this one is very welcome.
As for kids tv, I guess ill stick with reruns of Knightmare
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Anything is better than that King Arthur movie... perhaps if they hadn't claimed it to be the 'true story' of King Arthur and then filled it with more inaccuracies than a historian can shake his pen at I would have found it more bearable.
As for BBC's Merlin... I always imagined Merlin to be much older than Arthur. Still, I'll wait and see how the story progresses.
The best Arthur movie, as everyone knows, was 'Merlin and the Sword' You know if you take all the D's out of Edward Woodwards name he'd be called Ewar Woowar.
I really enjoy this show. Its one of only a few shows that I watch with my family
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Robin of Sherwood was a lot better in it's plots and action and it's portrayal of mythology and the soundtrack just rocked.
But as to Merlin, it's not supposed to be intellectual, or earth-shattering, or the next epoch in the history of television. It's supposed to be good FAMILY entertainment, for a UK audience (that will perhaps sell overseas and nice if it does) but ultimately all that will matter is whether the UK family after-supper audience bites.
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Never heard of them. Dr Who is a children's TV show, a successful one no doubt, but that's still all it is. I don't see how you can compare such a cheap and tacky show like that to the likes of Stargate or BSG, it's a joke by comparison, one of those 'it's so bad it's good' type shows.but surely the fact that DW wins Hugos and stuff should give you an inkling of how people manage to compare the two. (And frequently, to find the SG shows lacking.)
By that logic reality shows are the very peak of TV viewing.But as to Merlin, it's not supposed to be intellectual, or earth-shattering, or the next epoch in the history of television. It's supposed to be good FAMILY entertainment, for a UK audience (that will perhaps sell overseas and nice if it does)but ultimately all that will matter is whether the UK family after-supper audience bites.
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Probably because Atlantis and SG1 don't tend to win them - though I'm pretty sure BSG has been nominated more than once. But they're pretty much the Oscars of the SF world.Never heard of them.
I compare them by, well, comparing them. I don't see how anyone can not see how comparing can be doneDr Who is a children's TV show, a successful one no doubt, but that's still all it is. I don't see how you can compare such a cheap and tacky show to the likes of Stargate or BSG, it's a joke by comparison, one of those 'it's so bad it's good' type shows.
Eh? What? who's talking about reality shows or peaks? Can we talk about Merlin please? It's supposed to be fun, and magical, and suitable for family viewing, and it'll either succeed or fail on each of those points, but it's not really anything like a reality showBy that logic reality shows are the very peak of TV viewing.
If you don't like it, though, fine
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