Merlin on BBC1 (SPOILERS)

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  1. DWF

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    Maybe he's a Monty Python fan. :lol:
     
  2. Caleuche

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    I believe in the 'Are you looking forward to Merlin' thread I criticized the casting of Victor Meldrew, Merlin and the corruption of Arthurian legend. I believe I also that I said I was looking forward to the Dragon. Having now actually seen the program, I would now like to take that all back.
    All in all, it passes the time pleasurably enough. Merlin and Richard Wilson medic-guy were the two most easily likable and well acted characters. Gwen had good repport with Merlin. Tony Head seemed bored by magic/kingy scenes, but perked up for family/pretty lady scenes. The dragon was ropey CGI who says the word 'destiny' far too much. They wasn't enough Arthurian legend left to criticize the corruption!:lol: I will continue watching to see where they go with this. My hope is that Morgana's up to something, otherwise I don't see much point in her character.
     
  3. wamdue

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    yes Merlin & Gauis work well together, and so does Merlin & Arthur, the problem is whilst those moments are nice, the plots to support them arnt there yet.
     
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    Well I thought the second episode was enjoyable enough but this really is lightweight stuff, and Merlin and Arthur are bonding perhaps a touch too quickly, I'm hoping something will come between them sooner or later.

    It's not a show I'll ever want to own but its diverting enough before Strictly comes on :lol:
     
  5. Angel4576

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    Enjoyable enough. As above, not something I'd pick up on DVD, but something I'd definitely watch if it were on.
     
  6. captcalhoun

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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).
     
  7. Bob The Skutter

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    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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    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!
     
  9. Starkers

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    Is it just me though, or is Tony Head just phoning it in?
     
  10. Bob The Skutter

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    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.
     
  11. Kelthaz

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    The death count gets much higher at the end of the first season. Robin even starts shooting to kill when its necessary.
     
  12. Zulu Romeo

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    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. ;)
     
  13. CorporalClegg

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    Yeah. They even killed Marian. Oh, wait...
     
  14. denmaroca

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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.
     
  15. wamdue

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    about 6 episodes in, the show kills off one of Robins men
     
  16. Bob The Skutter

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    Has everyone stopped watching, or was there just nothing worth talking about this week?
     
  17. wamdue

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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.
     
  18. captcalhoun

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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!
     
  19. WillsBabe

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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.
     
  20. Bob The Skutter

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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.