January 4, 2013

Camelot series review

It is the late 5th century and Britain has been free of Roman rule for several decades and is vulnerable to outside enemies, particularly the Saxons. The British Isles are divided up into several kingdoms, each one ruled by kings and lords, and the one that starts to emerge as the most powerful, Camelot, is the focus of this historical fiction. The series starts off with King Uther's sudden death and chaos threats to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold, ambitious and tyrannical half-sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the royal crown in this epic battle for not only Camelot, but all of Britain. (Source)

Joseph Fiennes as Merlin
Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur
Eva Green as Morgan
Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere
Claire Forlani as Igraine

Episodes: 10

This series tells the Arthurian legend but with a few changes. For instance, one of the names that pops into your head when you hear ‘King Arthur’ is Lancelot (whom is added to the original story by Chrétien de Troyes). He wasn’t mentioned in the series. Maybe if they had continued with it and made a second season he would have shown up, who knows. Morgan, being Arthurs sister, is in fact a shape shifter and desperately wants the crown. She killed her father, Uther Pendragon, when he didn’t want her to come back to the castle after she'd being locked away in a nunnery. There is also a little romance going on between Merlin, the sorcerer and Igraine, Arthurs mother. Guinevere is at first engaged to Leontes, Arthurs champion, but is supposedly to be with Arthur after Leontes died.

The series consists of only 1 season with 10 episodes. It was supposed to also have a second and maybe even third season but due to the fact that both Eva Green and Jamie Campbell Bower were too busy to film another season, they stopped filming altogether.

In the last episode we see that Morgan hasn’t given up her fight for the crown just yet and is still busy deceiving everyone. Also the relationship between Arthur and Guinevere hasn’t developed after she became a widow.

The series had a lot of potential and would be immensely popular if it had continued. I’m a little sad it hasn’t been renewed because I really loved watching it. I love tv shows about things that happened in the past whether it is true or not. 

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