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Old November 26 2012, 12:55 PM   #16
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Re: Merlin getting better and better

It's official -- this is the final season of Merlin. The final episodes will air in December.
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Old November 26 2012, 01:10 PM   #17
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I'm really pleased the BBC deferred to the writers. They had a 5 season story arc and it has been respected. I think it means they already have something else in the pipeline for next year.
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Old November 26 2012, 01:15 PM   #18
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Well it'll be a shame to see it end, but I'm glad its going out on its own terms at least.
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Old November 26 2012, 01:24 PM   #19
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Noooo! I just got into this show a couple of months ago!

Oh well, at least they're ending it on their own terms and not being forced to drag things out.
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Old November 26 2012, 03:42 PM   #20
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Got to respect them sticking to the 5 year plan when Saturday had the highest ratings this series. BBC have said they have a "New Ambitious show" in the works to take the slot over, so personally I'm glad they've stuck to it.
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Old November 26 2012, 04:02 PM   #21
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It's just a shame the media shrieked "Merlin Axed by BBC" when this was completely not what happened.
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Old November 26 2012, 04:14 PM   #22
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Even the BBC refered to it like that though, crazy!
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Old November 26 2012, 04:30 PM   #23
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I'm surprised more hasn't been made of the creators leaving the production company to start their own Indie in those headlines. Something along the lines of "Merlin Creators Storm Out of Shine as Merlin is AXED!"
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Old November 26 2012, 05:31 PM   #24
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It's just a shame the media shrieked "Merlin Axed by BBC" when this was completely not what happened.
The media esp. the papers like to make things sound worse than they are. Can you imagine the headlines if it was DW that was cancelled.

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Old November 26 2012, 06:35 PM   #25
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Re: Merlin getting better and better

I gave up on it years ago. Aside from not being very well written, it just wasn't medieval enough for me and the overly politically correct casting choices jarred. You could argue that black actors and glass in the castle windows shouldn't matter as its fantasy, but it just didn't work for me.

On the subject of black actors in primetime family drama, Robin Hood was much the same. But oddly, the cast of Primeval, set in the present day, is pretty much white. Odd.

Anyhow, Merlin has apparently improved - will they get to finish the Arthurian arc with the final battle against Mordred ? It would be a shame if they didn't.

I think I'll dig out my copy of the brilliant Excalibur and give it a rewatch...
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Old November 26 2012, 07:02 PM   #26
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There were black people in Britain in the middle ages, so that's not necessarily anachronistic.
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Old November 26 2012, 07:41 PM   #27
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I'm tickled by the idea that a) Arthurian romance was set in a specific time in history and b) someone can accept that magic exists in that world but not glass (or black people).
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Old November 26 2012, 07:43 PM   #28
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Black people don't exist, it's just political correctness gone mad.
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Old November 26 2012, 07:50 PM   #29
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I'm tickled by the idea that a) Arthurian romance was set in a specific time in history and b) someone can accept that magic exists in that world but not glass (or black people).
Yeah, I was expecting this - I am aware of the flaws in my thought process.
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I'm tickled by the idea that a) Arthurian romance was set in a specific time in history and b) someone can accept that magic exists in that world but not glass (or black people).
Or how people can't accept that a Transformers movie could never be good because it was based on a cartoon.
Or how people complain about the continuity of a science fiction TV series set in the future.
Or how 'I can't believe it's not butter' actually isn't butter.

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