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Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:15 pm

There are so many versions of the Merlin stories around that it's hard to choose a favourite. Does anyone like a particular adaptation of the tale? Perhaps you have your own idea of how it should be rendered. Tell us!
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Re: Merlin

Postby Azriel » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:48 pm

My favorite Arthur/Merlin book is definitely T.H. White's The Once and Future King.
I mean to re-read it when I get a chance, it's been a while. I find that when I read any other version of the Arthurian legend I tend to compare the characters to the ones from TOaFK. The last part of the story is actually a separate book called "The Book of Merlyn" and waxes quite philosophical.

I must admit though, I've never read Malory. Since Morte d'Arthur is older and White's book is based off it, I'd probably be more likely to take Malory's version as the definitive one. I intend to read it soonish... right now I'm buried under a pile of reading - I have to teach three literature classes this year and thus am spending all my reading time on the books I'm teaching.

EDIT: Oops, just noticed this is in the TV section. That renders my whole post irrelevant, lol.

Um, favorite Merlin on-screen is probably the cartoon one from Disney's The Sword in the Stone, haha.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Shuggy » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:14 pm

'Tim The Sorcerer' from 'The Holy Grail' gets my vote as 'Best Arthurian Wizard'!
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Re: Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:19 am

"That rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide!" LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvs5pqf-DMA&feature=related

Personally, I liked the Sam Neill miniseries, even though it wasn't particularly true to the legend. I thought the sequel sucked, though.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Shuggy » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:20 am

Candy Kane wrote:"That rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide!" LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvs5pqf-DMA&feature=related

Personally, I liked the Sam Neill miniseries, even though it wasn't particularly true to the legend. I thought the sequel sucked, though.


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I only caught bits of the miniseries, but it looked a bit too cheap and cheesy even for the time, to me.

I think Arthurian Legend can be played with fast and loose, simply because there is no 'definitive' version. The possibilities are endless!
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Re: Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:40 am

Have you ever thought of a way to present it yourself? I'm toying with the idea of writing about it.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Shuggy » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:15 am

Candy Kane wrote:Have you ever thought of a way to present it yourself? I'm toying with the idea of writing about it.



Hmmmm... problem is, it's been done before in so many ways, especially on film:

Comedy - 'Holy Grail'
Traditional/Romantic - 'Excalibur'
'Gritty Realism' - 'That One With Clive Owen and Kiera Knightley In'
Bizarre and Outlandish - 'A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court'

I'm not sure how you'd approach it.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:17 am

It's on the back burner ATM. I've had another, much more compelling idea.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Shuggy » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:02 am

Candy Kane wrote:It's on the back burner ATM. I've had another, much more compelling idea.


I am interested, but appreciate if you don't wish to discuss it for obvious reasons!
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Re: Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:03 am

I've started a new thread about it, actually. It's the Alien monsters one. ;P
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Re: Merlin

Postby Shuggy » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:09 am

Been there already!

Does this suggest you're thinking about mixing Arthurian Legend and Aliens?! :shock:
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Re: Merlin

Postby Candy Kane » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:49 am

Ah, I'm waiting for you (or someone else) to answer there so I can avoid double posting. Interesting thought... why not? In fact... yeah! Great idea! I can almost see the Sam Neill Merlin lobbing rocks and stuff at the acid-blooded creatures while an assortment of knights are dismayed to see their weapons melting when they attack the creatures with them.
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Re: Merlin

Postby Halasian » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:38 pm

I have been enjoying the re-runs of this show on ABC3 here in Oz. Yes it's a bit cheesy, but its good entertainment, and I like to look at Katie McGrath in those elegant dresses. :)

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Re: Merlin

Postby shireling » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:51 am

Oh, that is pretty :) ! I watched it whenever I could find it, but it's not being carried on my cable right now. I wish could have seen it from the start, though who's to say that it won't be available again sometime soon.

For instance, I was able to catch the BBC's "Robin Hood" (2006-2009) last year On Demand, and see the whole thing :D .
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Re: Merlin

Postby Padfoot » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:50 am

I'm going to buy the Robin Hood DVD's (for the obvious reason :paperbag: ).
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