I don’t know about you, but in general, I’m a big fan of Arthurian legend. The Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot and Guinevere, Merlin and the Sword in the Stone, etc. So when I heard that NBC was going to air the BBC series called MERLIN, the teenage story of Arthur’s manservant, the warlock with destiny, I was really excited! An idea taken from the SMALLVILLE creators that tells the backstory of these famous folks (King Uther, played by Anthony Stewart Head from BUFFY; Morgana, Guinevere, Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot), the show does a good job to set up the ultimate summer guilty pleasure.
For one hour each week, you can find yourself drawn into this world where dragon’s talk, serpents within swords are alive, and magic is as forbidden as it can be. The first “series” ran for 13 episodes, the first of which airs tonight on NBC, and gives you insight into just how Merlin came to Camelot. Next week’s episode is about the Knight Valiant and his sword from above.
Future episodes deal with a multitude of “demons of the week” type of stories, all culminating in an exciting season finale. Is it the greatest thing I’ve seen related to Arthur? No, that’s probably FIRST KNIGHT starring Richard Gere. Bawled my eyes out…but it’s definitely worth at least a look-see! In a completely made up rating system, it gets an A for effort, and a C+ for execution, with room to grow!