Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TV Tuesday -- CAMELOT

Okay, so . . . I had low expectations and ended up pleasantly surprised.

[WARNING -- this is a frivolous discussion. And it's a wee bit spoilery.]

Things I liked:
Eva Green is AWESOME, as expected.

The Irish locations are breathtaking.

Camelot is a ruin. You know how I love a ruin!

James Purefoy certainly made an impression. (Lot's "Eff this!" was priceless.)

Kay is a nice guy. How refreshing!

Jamie Campbell Bower works just fine for me as a young Arthur. But is he Keira Knightly's long lost baby brother? They have the same snarly mouth. (Omigosh he is engaged to Ginny Weasley! So cute, but they are BABIES!)

I'm warming to Joseph Fiennes as Merlin. Wasn't sure at first, but he grew on me.

The writers include traditional elements of the Arthurian legends, but put their own spin on them. I liked the sword in the stone scene -- nice re-imagining of a rather stale Arthurian convention. I also was intrigued by how they took the "Mordred gets speared and then pulls himself toward Arthur to stab him" (one of my favorite gory moments from Malory) and assigned the roles to Ector and Lot. The writers must have decided to use this early in case the series is cancelled!

Things I didn't like:
Guinevere. Why did they have to give her contemporary hair and makeup and dress her in VELOUR? (Maybe it was supposed to be velvet, but did velvet even exist that far back? Yes, it's a fantasy, but they've tried to create a pre-Saxon world in this show, right? Oh, and I hate how she's dancing like a teen girl at homecoming when Arthur approaches her at the party. Yuck. It was all yuck. But then again, I love hating Guinevere. So maybe this is a positive instead of a negative? (And I DID enjoy Merlin's agitated reaction when he was spying into Arthur's sexy dream about her. That was cool.)

Speaking of contemporary hair, what's up with Philip Winchester (Leontes)? How can he see through that flop of hair when he's sword fighting? He looks like the lead singer of a band, not a knight of the Round Table.

This is old ladyish of me, but my main complaint is the sexual content. In many cases the scenes had some faint connection to plot or character development, but on the whole it seemed a matter of "insert boobs at regular intervals." My dear husband, being a guy (a key demographic for STARZ), did not complain. I, however, was rolling my eyes.

Who else watched? What were your thoughts?

Up for discussion next week: The Killing on AMC. (Enjoyed the two-hour premiere -- will report in more detail after the next ep!)

[Cross-posted from Livejournal]


  1. I had to come read this. LOL! From Twitter. I probably liked Arthur more than you, but Guinevere is so wrong in this version. Maybe they want us to hate her! I don't know. And all that teen dancing when this actress looks a lot older than she is. She justs doesn't fit the look of the piece, at all.

  2. @Marigold Maybe they want us to hate her!

    I think so. I certainly am not feeling the angst over her betrothal to Leontes. Go ahead and marry him! PLEASE! You can have floppy haired children together.

    Do you think the writers will go ahead with Morgan's seduction of her half brother? I'm wondering . . .

  3. OMG I watched it twice!!!! I LOVED the costumes--I dont even care about how inaccurate some might be material wise--but I am LOVING Claire Forlani as Igraine and Eva Green is kicking @ss as Morgan and OMG her yellow dress! James Purefoy!!! NIIIICE! And Im loving Joseph Fiennes as Merlin--his agitation over Arthur's dream was so cool. I see what you mean about Guinevere, but I'm just totally digging everything. I rarely meet a retelling of this legend I don't like--except for the one with Richard Gere as Lancelot and also the one more recently with Clive Owen as Arthur--I think as long as there is magic in the story--Im down! I can't wait for the next episode.

    So I think because Guinevere is engaged already and we know Morgan can do the shape shifting thing a la Uther's seduction/rape of Igraine--I think she'll seduce Arthur as Guinevere.

  4. @Frankie! I feel so much better now because I really can't stop thinking about the show. I've been desperately waiting for feedback from friends because I wasn't sure if I was crazy or not. I'm glad you're enjoying it all -- you'll have to pardon my loathing of Guinevere. I really do love to hate her!

    Have you seen this video of the stars responding to questions? They are all so articulate! It made me even more excited.

    I rarely meet a retelling of this legend I don't like

    I'm sort of the same. I always want to see each adaptation. And yes, that Richard Gere one (First Knight) was horrible. (I seem to remember Arthur and his knights wearing outfits that looked better suited to Star Trek.) And I will always love EXCALIBUR even though it is terribly dated now. The shiny armor blinds me. But it was the first Arthurian movie I ever saw, and it's fairly faithful to Malory, so I compare everything to it!

  5. Eek! I missed it. Stupid DVR. Please tell me it wasn't as oversexed as Showtime's Tudors. Oh, it doesn't matter. I'll watch it anyway. Thanks for the update!

  6. @Brandi -- my impression after seeing the first 2 eps (which were shown together this past Friday) is that it's NOT as sex-filled as THE TUDORS. And definitely nowhere near objectionable enough to keep me from watching!