As such I'm going to hold off my usual reviews until next week, and double them up with the latest episodes that have aired. This'll include Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Sleepy Hollow, The Flash and probably The Legend of Korra as well. Wow, I watch a lot of shows.
"It’s tonally darker and more grown-up."
"[Characters] are more flawed, they’re not as simplistic as last year."
"Some really strong storylines this year [for the female characters]."
"The brief this year was to make everything look more filmic."
"It’s serialised as well... last year the episodes stood alone and told their own little story but this has a much bigger arc."
There's also a one-year time skip and an emphasis on sword-fighting. Sound familiar?
Maybe I'm just imagining things but there seems to be a quiet air of desperation running through all this. I'm not surprised that the assorted Merlin producers tried to recreate their most successful show, but what amazes me is that they haven't the faintest idea what made it so popular. Instead they're simply (and hilariously) replicating all its worst bits.
As it happens, the introduction of Medea certainly piques my interest, but let's face it – she's just going to be evil and killed off. And the fact the series is being split into two halves (the first to air in November and the second early next year) suggests a certain lack of confident from its broadcasters.
So on the one hand, I can pretend that poor single Merlin is finally going to get some action. On the other, a WOC as the love interest of a fandom-adored white male? Batten down the hatches, because they're going to come down on her like a ton of bricks.
I honestly think that at least 70% of that movie's success was down to that song.