Despite my addictive personality and love for all things fantasy and geek, I still find myself getting drowned in my daily tasks and chores. I find myself lagging at times when it comes to books and TV shows. Take Merlin, for example. You’ve probably heard about the BBC series about the greatest magician of all time. (It seems like everyone has heard about it and has been following it except for me.)
I just started watching it this afternoon, and I haven’t stopped since then! Anyone who has the slightest interest in the legend of King Arthur will certainly be held captive by this TV series. Admittedly, the plot of the “modern” series has some inconsistencies with the legend that some of us are familiar with. Indeed, I second guessed myself a couple of times, as I hadn’t read the legend – at least the version I read from childhood to my teenage years – in a while.
Guinevere, for example – I don’t remember her being a handmaiden to Morgana, a ward of King Uther Pendragon. Then there’s the Lady of the Lake – the subject of Tennyson’s poem. How about the creation of Excalibur? There are probably a lot more that I haven’t spotted – I am no expert, really; but I have to say that the series is quite mesmerizing.
For sure, purists would be hating on me by now. Again, I have to admit that I am far from being a purist, and I can only say that this series is worth watching. Forget the inconsistencies. Enjoy yourself for a while, as I am right now.