I love the Arthurian legend. Reading books about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is what sparked my love of books and the immortal film Excalibur was my favorite film as a child. So I was excited recently when I got a chance to watch the first three episodes that have aired for Starz's new show, Camelot.
The other actors do a great job, especially Joseph Fiennes who plays Merlin. The show's take on the classic character is one of the things that kept me watching despite their horrid portrayal of Arthur. Rather than a wise, old, benevolent Wizard Merlin is more of a seemingly immortal, manipulative, arrogant, and rude politician. Merlin manipulates Arthur, who is little more than his stooge, into following his plan for the realm.
In the end Camelot is a quality show and one you should check out, but only if you can get past the awful portray of Arthur (certainly no easy task). The show skirts the line between the historical, where the country's Roman past is of consistent importance, and the the fantastical, where magic (albeit subtle) plays a role in the shaping of the plot. It makes for an interesting mix.