Camelot Trailer, or, So Where’s the Magic? What, No Magic?

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Apparently the Starz Channel’s new take on “Camelot” is going to dispense with anything resembling magic in favor of some obscure “visions” that a couple of people have, including Merlin (played by Joseph Fiennes). That’s, er, seems to be about all there is in terms of magic here. I guess this is ONE way to approach the famous tale. Not sure I like it, though, especially when the trailer makes this look like some bad American daytime soap, except with swords and horses and Eva Green speaking in a British accent. I could be wrong, of course.

In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future and installs Arthur as king. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end for control of the crown. Faced with the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination.

Starring Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur, Eva Green as Morgan and Joseph Fiennes as Merlin.

Premiering April 1st on Starz.

Get more images and videos in our “Camelot” preview page.


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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Maybe that’s all they care to show in this particular trailer. They may be trying to keep some surprises, and pull the old bait and switch. I’m hoping that’s the case. Or they could be grounding it in just a bit of reality, having people have visions and influence people to do things but still be the world of Arthurian legend. Who can say for sure right now.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Nah. I’m pretty sure there is no magic whatsoever in the show. I saw it coming when everyone in the cast kept talking about how “different” their show was from the traditional tale via the First Look vid. http://www.beyondhollywood.com/first-look-at-starzs-new-take-on-camelot/

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        So it’s grounded in some reality (having visions is still debateable, could just me crazy lol) But not as grounded as “King Arthur” which I still like as a basis for the myth. I’m still intrigued.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DPDOKPJ7DTCEUUH6PTRUXPYS5A Lucrezia

          King Arthur is definitely not a basis to the myth D: it had Lancelot!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            I meant the discovery of the whole roman connection. King Arthur was based on that. King Arthur would I guess be a modern myth of the origin of the legend. But the Lancelot thing has become such a part of the Arthurian legend people (who dont know that Lancelot came later) would’ve been upset to not have him in it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DPDOKPJ7DTCEUUH6PTRUXPYS5A Lucrezia

          PS: I love your nickname <3 Deadpool is my fav. marvel character

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Mine too, if you couldn’t tell ;-)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DPDOKPJ7DTCEUUH6PTRUXPYS5A Lucrezia

        Well, I don’t think it’ll be very different if they don’t have magic. A lot of modern novels about the legends don’t have magic. And the first texts about the legends didn’t have magic (Geoffrey of Monmouth, Nennius, Bede and even Chrétien de Troyes didn’t have a lot of magic).
        For example I find ridicolous Merlin BBC and its magic… no arthurian tales have magic like that…

        Well, and it depends on what you mean about traditional tale. They said they were making a tv show based on Morte d’Arthur with some differences. Morte d’Arthur has a lot of magic but it’s all very subtle.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          I think they meant different from any of the filmed versions. Most that I’e seen have some magic in it.

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  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    no magic is stupid … they will learn that S02 will need magic

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    no magic is stupid … they will learn that S02 will need magic