I watched the first episode of Starz’s Camelot series today (it debuts tomorrow evening, but I’m magic).
I had no interest in it until yesterday, when it came to my attention that Eva Green was playing Morgan le Fey in it.
That said to me that someone, at least, had a clue.
So I checked it out. Watched about half of it, and had an “eh” reaction. The direction was sorta crap, especially at the very beginning. It was TV fantasy, not fantasy fantasy, with some really bad editing choices and “dramatic” camera angles that annoyed the hell out of me.
The guy playing Arthur was sorta callow and Teen-Beat. Eva Green was hot and intense (which are two things she can’t help but be, because she is, after all, Eva Green), but Morgan wasn’t that interesting. Joseph Fiennes was an intriguing Merlin, though…
Then it started coming together. The first half, I figured I’d never watch it again. The second half bought them the next episode at least.
Morgan’s conniving got more interesting. The callow young Arthur pulled out a spine, and the writers established him as an underdog in very interesting ways. Camelot itself was a revelation, an ancient Roman fortress abandoned and lost to wildness before being reclaimed by the new king. And Merlin got more and more charismatic and intriguing.
So, yeah. Check it out. It has promise.
I’m looking forward to seeing more direct conflict between Merlin and Morgan, myself…
[UPDATE: Upon further reflection, I just lack interest in this show. I think I may have been trying to convince myself just to look at Eva Green every week. But I haven’t watched it since.]