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Old 06-20-2009, 05:34 PM
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oh, about 5 years ago.
OK so you're in tenth, or eleventh grade?

I just watched Book Of Beasts on Sci-Fi Channel. What a waste of digital media. Not a bad premise, but terribly written and poorly acted.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:48 PM
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I just watched Book Of Beasts on Sci-Fi Channel. What a waste of digital media. Not a bad premise, but terribly written and poorly acted.
that's the tv movie with baltar from BSG - the BBC series is good fun
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OK so you're in tenth, or eleventh grade?

I just watched Book Of Beasts on Sci-Fi Channel. What a waste of digital media. Not a bad premise, but terribly written and poorly acted.
8th. You? (If you're still in school)
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Never heard of any BBC series so entitled.
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8th. You? (If you're still in school)
I assumed 10th because Sardis goes to 5th grade.

I've been out of school for 26 years. I've got one son who graduates this year, another who will gradute two years from now, and a daughter in sixth grade.
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At PRMS? PM Me Her name so i can see if i know her, i know alot of 6th graders.
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I keep forgetting to watch that show!
But did manage to catch the episode with Alex Siddig in it a couple / few weeks back.

yay.
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OK. I've watched 4 episodes so far of this "Merlin" and it's ALL wrong.
1)Merlin was never Arthur's contemporary. He was much older and wiser than the young king.
2) Uther Pendragon never founded Camelot.
3) Guinevere was the daughter of another king, not the lady in waiting to Morgana.
4) Lancelot never met Merlin. By the time Lancelot appeared in the legends, Merlin had disappeared from the court.
5) Camelot should not have been such a huge and sprawling castle. Most English strongholds were small and rugged. Their Camelot looks more like a Barvarian Castle than anything English.

While it is well done and seems to be fairly well written, if they had wished to tell the story of young Merlin they should have gone back to the Vita Merlini (The Life of Merlin) This work has so much about his life from early childhood, being held as prisoner by King Vortigern who intended to sacrifice the boy born without a father in order to sprinkle his blood upon the foundations of his castle. When Merlin was brought before the king he revealed that below the foundations of the castle was a lake in which lived two dragons who were forever in conflict and their unrest caused the castle to collapse.
This era of the legends of Merlin contains so much undiscovered country that they would have free reign to tell all kinds of tales building up the legend of Merlin until they felt the need to bring Uther into the story, and subsequently Arthur, and his knights. It goes without saying that some of Arthur's knights may have been much older than he so their exploits could have been woven into the tapestry until we come to the time in the story that everyone knows.

It's OK if you can overlook the past you already know and accept. But I guess that's what all the big writer's, directors and producers are doing today.
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OK. I've watched 4 episodes so far of this "Merlin" and it's ALL wrong.
1)Merlin was never Arthur's contemporary. He was much older and wiser than the young king.
2) Uther Pendragon never founded Camelot.
3) Guinevere was the daughter of another king, not the lady in waiting to Morgana.
4) Lancelot never met Merlin. By the time Lancelot appeared in the legends, Merlin had disappeared from the court.
5) Camelot should not have been such a huge and sprawling castle. Most English strongholds were small and rugged. Their Camelot looks more like a Barvarian Castle than anything English.
Of course if you look at it technically the Monty Python version is probably truer to "proper Arthuriana" than this particular adaptation. However, I've learnt over several years of studying especially Greek myths (and also Arthur too) at university that one has to be flexible with regard to especially modern adaptations.

~want me to tell you all the "canon violations" in Troy, Clash of the Titans, Disney's Hercules....??~ Except that you can't really place the same rules of "canon" on mythic traditions as you would, say, with Star Trek - because there is no real canon; it's being reinterpreted all the time.

In fact if you want to take the idea still further... Launcelot was never a part of the original British / Celtic myth. His appearance at Arthur's court was a direct invention of the French romances.

The list could go on ~ but I think it's one of those things that really should probably be taken "as it is."
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I watched the first episode and found it was kinda slow does it get better?
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