CAMELOT: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens 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 and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you knowthis is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Camelot can be described as one of those shows that you might not necessarily find particularly well done or brimming with quality, but at the same time you find it captivating to the point that you still watch every episode to the end regardless. The most likely reason for this phenomenon being present in Camelot is sexy Eva Greene’s performance as Morgan, who is by far the strongest character. Greene’s Morgan is very dangerous and ruthlessly driven when it comes to getting what she wants, but at the same time her backstory makes her sympathetic, enough to make her a more well-rounded character in her origins than the others. I was definitely rooting for her to win against Arthur despite her being obviously evil. Hell, she even seems like she’d be better suited as a ruler.

“Camelot” is literally a feast for the eyes, complete with multi-layers of cosmopolitan benefactions. There is also the absolutely breathtaking countryside cinematography, as well as an occasional glimpse of a dalliance unveiled, exposed, and vulnerable in more than one sense and all in context, of course. Moreover, as far as action, drama, plot structure and pacing is concerned, “Camelot” certainly works. I was interested, drawn in and found it very hard to leave my position on the couch for any reason, until it was over.

With his shaved head, expressive eyes and mercurial intensity, Joseph Fiennes is arguably the finest Merlin I have witnessed in my #$ years on this earth. The persona seems to possess him, or, possibly he has possessed it. Eva Green, as Morgan is simply begirded in the essence and romanticism of that which currently attracts young people to the Goth lifestyle. She is beautiful and mesmerizing in her character. I am a fan of James Purefoy, and as usual, this man can be anybody he wishes. He is a bad boy and carries it very well in “Camelot.” Claire Forlani is exquisite and gives us Queen Igraine with a surprising core strength, rather than the pretty little one who must merely be saved.

The Blu-Ray comes with a ton of featurettes and character breakdowns that show off how this modern take on Camelot was created. The Blu-Ray also gets an exclusive Picture-in-Picture track that helps to explain the history of Camelot as it exists in popular fiction. The A/V Quality is pretty impressive, as the 1080p transfer shows off every inch of the most impressive Starz production yet. The Candid Camelot featurette was the best, as it functioned as a semi humorous take on what’s usually a stuffy subject. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 09/13/2011

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