Saturday, January 22, 2011

Merlin - Hero Complex: ‘Merlin’ looks for new magic in the U.S.

Source: Los Angeles Times Hero Complex [follow link for complete article]


‘Merlin’ looks for new magic in the U.S.

by Geoff Boucher
Jan. 21, 2011

I have two kids — a 13-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son — and our beloved Friday night tradition of ordering pizza and watching a movie is becoming more and more of a challenge. It’s just not easy to find a film that pleases all four members of a living-room audience with increasingly disparate tastes. And, because we’re not to a point where Pixar releases a new film every weekend, we’ve been turning to TV shows on DVD/Blu-ray for suitable fare. That’s how we came across “Merlin.“

If you don’t know about it already, “Merlin” airs on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on SyFy – there’s a new episode tonight, in fact, and you can watch a clip of it below – and it’s now in its third season here in the States. The show is a U.K. export (it’s in its fourth season on the other side of the pond) and it’s pretty clear it was inspired by the early seasons of “Smallville” as far as setup and tone. Like “Smallville’s” young-and-unproven version of Superman, this show presents a somewhat gangly, sweet-faced and wide-eyed Merlin and an imperious, intense and somewhat ill-tempered Prince Arthur who does not yet possess the worldly wisdom that will make him the once and future king of Camelot...


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