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Old September 28 2008, 10:12 PM   #46
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
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Old September 28 2008, 10:15 PM   #47
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
That is a good point, I took notice of that fact, but didn't quite realise why, so that's probably why.
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Old September 28 2008, 10:48 PM   #48
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
I think this is something that rises Merlin above Robin Hood for me, admittedly I only saw the first 3 or 4 eps of Hood, but no one ever seemed to die despite all these battles raging. It was like the A-Team only nowhere near as cool!
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Old September 28 2008, 10:48 PM   #49
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Is it just me though, or is Tony Head just phoning it in?
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Old September 28 2008, 10:54 PM   #50
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Is it just me though, or is Tony Head just phoning it in?
I'm not sure if that's it, or if it is just the character. Because he seems to be rather stiff and forced a lot of the time, then seems to brighten up in certain scenes. So I'm hoping it's just how the character is written at this point.
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Old September 28 2008, 11:24 PM   #51
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
I think this is something that rises Merlin above Robin Hood for me, admittedly I only saw the first 3 or 4 eps of Hood, but no one ever seemed to die despite all these battles raging. It was like the A-Team only nowhere near as cool!
The death count gets much higher at the end of the first season. Robin even starts shooting to kill when its necessary.
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Old September 29 2008, 12:45 AM   #52
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Is it just me though, or is Tony Head just phoning it in?
I'm not sure if that's it, or if it is just the character. Because he seems to be rather stiff and forced a lot of the time, then seems to brighten up in certain scenes. So I'm hoping it's just how the character is written at this point.
I'll give im the benefit of the doubt. But if he pops round to the castle next door to borrow some coffee, then the show's over, I'm afraid.
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Old September 29 2008, 03:02 AM   #53
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
I think this is something that rises Merlin above Robin Hood for me, admittedly I only saw the first 3 or 4 eps of Hood, but no one ever seemed to die despite all these battles raging. It was like the A-Team only nowhere near as cool!
The death count gets much higher at the end of the first season. Robin even starts shooting to kill when its necessary.
Yeah. They even killed Marian. Oh, wait...
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Old September 29 2008, 05:51 AM   #54
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A nice, simply plotted piece of entertainment. And that's what the show is designed to do - entertain a wide range of people. It's why it's on in prime-time on a Saturday; and why a US network has picked it up. It's obviously not dark enough or have complex enough plotting to satisfy most SF afficionados - but that stuff turns most people off, which is why genre shows are usually shown off-peak or on minor channels.

There was a fair bit of character delineation (but then that's not hard in a second episode), especially for Arthur. And there might be an ongoing plot point, as I got the impression that there was something physically wrong with Uther - the shock of nearly losing Arthur bringing it out.
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Old September 29 2008, 06:09 AM   #55
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Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan likes it. he particularly liked the fact that Arthur actually killed Valiant. unlike that namby-pamby PC Robin Hood (so he said).
I think this is something that rises Merlin above Robin Hood for me, admittedly I only saw the first 3 or 4 eps of Hood, but no one ever seemed to die despite all these battles raging. It was like the A-Team only nowhere near as cool!
The death count gets much higher at the end of the first season. Robin even starts shooting to kill when its necessary.
about 6 episodes in, the show kills off one of Robins men
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Old October 7 2008, 11:44 PM   #56
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Re: Merlin on BBC1 (SPOILERS)

Has everyone stopped watching, or was there just nothing worth talking about this week?
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Old October 8 2008, 12:07 AM   #57
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I watched it, just havnt bothered to review.

the show is getting better, and judging by next weeks episode it will continue to improve, at last a bad guy (girl) who survived the episode, and given her history with Uther, I think we may see alot of her this series.
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Old October 8 2008, 07:29 AM   #58
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i was lazy and couldn't be botehred to reanimate the thread.

it was quite good. loved the gags that Merlin fancied Gwen and was in denial.

MR = HOT!
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Old October 8 2008, 08:08 AM   #59
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I've enjoyed all the episodes. This week's was enjoyable, too. It was nice to see ASH get animated for a change. There was a moment when I thought I was watching Giles. I'm really fond of Richard Wilson's character, and I think the guy playing Merlin is very engaging.
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Old October 8 2008, 09:47 AM   #60
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I'm enjoying it, too. My nieces seem to be enjoying it as well. I guess they're gonna be going for the love triangle with Arthur/Gwen/Merlin down the road.
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