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Old April 3 2010, 02:26 AM   #1
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Merlin Season 2 in the US

I don't know if anyone here cares, but I thought I'd set up a thread for us Americans who haven't seen the second season yet. J

Here's TV Guide's description of tonight's episode, (the Season 2 premier and first episode to make it's American debut on SYFY) The Curse of Cornelius Sigan: The Season 2 premiere finds new servant Cedric (Mackenzie Crook) elbowing his way past Merlin to become Arthur's manservant and turning the prince against the young warlock. Merlin soon learns that the slippery Cedric has a nefarious goal: to get his hands on a jewel found in a recently discovered ancient tomb.
I really enjoyed the first season, so I'm pretty excited for this episode.
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Old April 3 2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

I watched the second season online, but I intend to see it again on Syfy. Eventhough I don't like where the channel is going, I'm pleased Merlin is with like shows were American audiences can find it easier. SyFy (I hate that!) also had a few marathon days of Season 1. Now if Netflix, Hulu, and proper streamings and such and American DVDs ever got set,that would help considerably.
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Old April 3 2010, 05:09 AM   #3
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

What's wrong with Hulu? They have the whole first season up.
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Old April 3 2010, 05:25 AM   #4
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I think Hulu has some deal with NBC that's iffy with Merlin. When Season 1 was on NBC last summer, they could have it available. When Merlin was off of NBC, they couldn't show it. If Syfy is going to label it as 'theirs' you'd think they really would put into the series and not make audiences wait for it.

I like Merlin very much. I'm surprised it really hasn't even caught on here. Care? I feel like Luke. 'I care!'
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Old April 3 2010, 04:03 PM   #5
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They must have put them back up then, because they have the whole first series/season up right now ( I just checked while I was typing this). Last night's isn't up yet, but I'm assuming they should add it eventually. THey have all of the other stuff from Syfy so I don't see why they wouldn't have season/series two.
I know, I like it too, but apparently we must be the only two. Or everybody already discussed it when it came out in the UK and doesn't feel like going over it again.
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Old April 3 2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

Pretty much the only time I watch SyFy (hate that name change btw) is when Trek is on. But I did stumble across Merlin recently, and was intrigued. I had no idea it existed. Excalibur is one of my favorite movies, so I was curious as to whether this would be any good, since so much of what is shown on SyFy is pure cheese to me.

I would ask if it's worth watching, but obviously you think it is. I'll definitely check it out.
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Old April 3 2010, 09:36 PM   #7
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

I think a lot of people don't know Merlin exists. Even though it is a hit with successful numbers in the UK, it's not being pumped by BBC America like the Who bits, Primeval, and all that other stuff that I am actually not happy with.

I'd be curious to see the ratings numbers as Season 2 is on 'Syfy'. Does anyone really like that change?
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Old April 3 2010, 10:49 PM   #8
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I watched Season 1 on NBC and could barely keep watching, so I think I'll just skip it now. I'll have to check out the S2 Finale though that sounds cool.
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Old April 4 2010, 10:15 PM   #9
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I watch the show, but it's not exactly my favorite representation of the camelot story. I certainly wouldn't want this version of Merlin or Arthur to become the go-to incarnation of the characters. As a little-known fantasy show, on the other hand, I'm fine with it.
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Old April 4 2010, 10:58 PM   #10
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Merlin is the Smallville approach to Arthurian legend.

If that Starz version (Camelot) gets off the ground, that will be the Tudors (or maybe the Spartacus? ) approach to Arthurian legend. Which doesn't sound good but might at least be fun.

There must be a better way to do things. How about the Deadwood approach to Arthurian Legend? BSG? Desperate Housewives?
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Old April 4 2010, 11:03 PM   #11
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

I watch the show, but my problem with it is it's just doesn't seem to take itself or its universe seriously at all.

I know its a family show, but family doesn't have to be stupid.

There are several episode I do like (of both seasons), but character work is so , inconsistent. And really, thats the one thing budget and production values should have no impact on, so its what gets me upset the most. And I hate that people think that kids (or full families) can't watch shows that have legitimate and developed characters and arcs and be generally entertaining.
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Old April 4 2010, 11:07 PM   #12
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I think the biggest problem is that I don't really care if this version of Arthur becomes King. In most incarnations, Merlin is at least around to teach Arthur how to become a decent King, but Merlin's main role in the tv show is to save Arthur's life and get demeaned before, during, and after.
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Old April 5 2010, 12:42 AM   #13
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I like that the show added much needed elements to Arthurian legends: tomatoes and black people.

I couldn't relate to Camelot crap before, but now I can.
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

I agree some of the modern Smallville and/or family approach is too silly and juvenile. The early episodes of the seasons have so far both taken this 'we must atrract audiences with cool crap!' road at the expense of the charactherization. Once the season gets on, however, Merlin gets dark,serious, and adds positvely to Camelot mythos. I would rather the entire season be serious and grim, but they just have to have those silly monster effects for the kiddies that aren't even watching!

I'm curious about the Starz Camelot, but I really hope it isn't a 90210 type contemporary soap edition. I wish someone would just make an LOTR calibur Arthurian movie.
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Old April 5 2010, 05:52 AM   #15
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Re: Merlin Season 2 in the US

I've never even heard about this new Camelot, when is it supposed to start?
I'm wondering if maybe it's meant as competition for A Game of Thrones on HBO? It seems like a pretty big coincidence that they'd be doing the same kind of show like that at the same time.
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Ok, I just looked it up on wikipedia, and it says it is a "contemporary series retelling of Camelot". Does that it's actually going to take place in the present, or is it just that it's a new show?
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