Merlin getting better and better

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Deckerd, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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    It's just a shame the media shrieked "Merlin Axed by BBC" when this was completely not what happened.
     
  2. Starkers

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    Even the BBC refered to it like that though, crazy!
     
  3. Bob The Skutter

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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!"
     
  4. MacLeod

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    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.

    Beeb Exterminates Doctor Who
    Doctow Who Exterminated
    etc..
     
  5. Relayer1

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    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...
     
  6. Bob The Skutter

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    There were black people in Britain in the middle ages, so that's not necessarily anachronistic.
     
  7. Deckerd

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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).
     
  8. Bob The Skutter

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    Black people don't exist, it's just political correctness gone mad.
     
  9. Relayer1

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    Yeah, I was expecting this - I am aware of the flaws in my thought process. :)
     
  10. Saul

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    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.

    When in Rome. When in Camelot. When on the Enterprise.
     
  11. Guy Gardener

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    Transformers can't be a good movie because of Michael Bay.

    They don't have time.

    I have been waiting 5 years for Morganna to do it with either Arthur or Merlin, and be just as awesome as the episodes where Hotlips and Hawkeye had their love affair away from the camp.

    And I dearly wanted to see Arthur grow a beard.
     
  12. Deckerd

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    I'm predicting Morgana and Gwen buy the farm by the end. Since Arthur didn't die in the legends for many years, they're either going to bring forward his attrition with Mordred or have a big showdown followed by a prediction.
     
  13. Guy Gardener

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    They're all over 30 given the time line of the show. That's reeeeeally old by 6th century standards.

    Gaius is in his 70s clearly, but Uthur could have been in his mid thirties when the series started since 21st century preservatives really wouldn't have existed back then.
     
  14. diankra

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    An Arthurian series set in the time of the 6th century historical Arthur - or the closest history gets to him - could be interesting (and was, as Arthur of the Britons), but it's got nothing to do with the Camelot myths. So black characters in Merlin has never been a problem.
    The multi-racial world of the 2006-2009 Robin Hood was more dubious, but not entirely ahistorical. Compared with that series's greater problems - in terms of history, or basic quality until a new writing team came in for season 3 - it was a minor niggle.