Monday, December 3, 2012

The Wizard and the Whip!

A few months back, I was floating around Netflix looking for something new to watch and stumbled upon the BBC series, MERLIN, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I liked it. In fact, I liked it so much, I watched all four seasons (sixty-eight episodes) within four weeks! Season five is broadcasting now.

I totally admit that it can be a little cheesy at times and a couple of the episodes were too far-fetched for me, but all in all,  I find the storyline interesting and I really like the writing. Some great dialogue between the characters, especially Arthur and Merlin. I'm into anything set in the age of King Arthur and his Knights of Camelot. Throw in the magician, Merlin, whom I've researched aplenty and believe he was man and not myth, and you get my undivided attention.

Season five, however, (*SPOILER ALERT*) is proving to be a little disappointing. Every week seems to be the same -- King Arthur's wicked sister Morgana plotting his demise and Merlin, using his hidden magic, manages to save him. And no great dragon! The dragon, KILGHARRAH, is my favorite character and he has disappeared. Bring him back, please bring him back!

At this point, depending on what happens through the rest of the season, I might not tune in for season six. I really hope I change my mind!

Anyway, last night, I went to see the movie, FLIGHT, starring Denzel Washington as airline pilot, Whip Whitaker, alongside Don Cheadle, as his lawyer. I thought the film was based on a true story from events that happened in 2001 when a Canadian pilot pulled a heroic landing, but not so much. While the plane malfunction was similar to the actual event, the storyline is fiction. Still, I quite enjoyed it and Denzel's performance was fantastic! He deserves an Oscar nomination, that's for sure!

I plan to take in the flick, ARGO, next. This one is based on a real event and I just know it is going to be good!