Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani, James Purefoy
Writer: Louise Fox, Story by Chris Chibnall & Louise Fox
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Network: Starz, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: April 8th, 2010
Still one of the best series on TV, CAMELOT proved that once again with the new episode entitled “Guinevere.” CAMELOT involves tales of young King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), and his rise to become one the most powerful and important Kings England has even known. He is of course helped on this journey by Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), and set in direct opposition to them is Arthur’s half sister, the sorceress Morgan (Eva Green).
In the first couple of episodes we’ve seen Arthur find out his heritage, take the throne, dispatch his enemies, and pull the infamous sword from the stone. All of these accomplishments pale in comparison to his discovery of his one true love the Lady Guinevere (Tasmin Egerton). Arthur has had visions of her, and she also feels an instant need to be with him. The big catch is that Guinevere is engaged to one of Arthur’s champions, Leontes (Phillip Winchester).
Now with the second episode not only do we see Arthur crowned King of all of Britannia, but we also see a new interpretation of the pulling of the sword from the stone, and Guinevere (Tasmin Egerton) has already shown up. King Lot also gets killed off by the man who was a father to Arthur (Sean Pertwee) who dies in the process.
So, as the title of the new episode implies it is all about love and what Arthur can and can’t have, even though he is King. He and Guinevere hook up on the beach for a role in the sand, but she still is set and determined to marry Leontes.
Meanwhile Arthur and Merlin go to dinner at Morgan’s castle only to have Arthur leave in the middle of the night (once Morgan has gotten a sample of his blood) and Merlin becomes Morgan’s prisoner for a bit while she trims his toenails. Yes this might sound odd, but I have a feeling she is going to use those bits of the wizard to become him and infiltrate Arthur’s court. Her stolen blood gives her a look through Arthur’s eyes at the one thing he cares most about; Guinevere.
In the end Arthur ends up presiding over Guinevere’s wedding to Leontes, and I would gather it’s only a matter of time before Leontes gets killed off in battle or something; paving the way for the legendary romance to really take off and wait for the arrival of Lancelot to tear it apart.
Merlin and Morgan are still using more Earth-based magics, but I have a feeling that the farther we get into the series, the more involved the spell-casting will become. I’m really looking forward to Morgan flexing her powers, since I almost always have a thing for villains.
CAMELOT is a top-notch production from beginning to end, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next as they continue to re-tell familiar legends with a slight twist and nicely grounded reality base.
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