When the real King Arthur and his knights are captured by Morgana, Merlin casts a spell to bring an American football team called The Knights led by Arthur King to the past to help free the... See full summary »
The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.
When the real King Arthur and his knights are captured by Morgana, Merlin casts a spell to bring an American football team called The Knights led by Arthur King to the past to help free the real king and stop Morgana's evil plans by collect magical keys. There was one key for each knight and one for King Arthur. Written by
Understand that I am in no way burdened by nostalgia. I'd never heard of or seen this show when I was a kid, and only started watching it as an adult.
And, when you get down to it, the show it stupid. Toyetic character designs and weapons aside, the premise is pretty shaky: King Arthur and his knights disappear while out on a quest and Merlin is forced to recruit, bear with me here, a football team from what I can only assume is New York City to be the new Knights of the Round Table, said table granting them magical equipment and knowledge of how to fight.
As I said, I find that to be a REALLY stupid premise. It might've been stronger if they'd had the new knights be the underdogs for a few episodes before they finally found their footing and became the invincible warriors they are from the start. And just because they know how to fight doesn't mean they instantly are ready to risk their lives in lethal combat. I find that to be psychologically unrealistic (the key word here being "psychologically").
However, after I watched the first episode and my adult mind stopped grappling with the premise, my inner 8-year-old kid said, open- mouthed and drooling, "THIS WAS MADE JUST FOR ME." Holy crap, this show is awesome. It has knights in shining armor, damsels in distress, damsels who can kick all kinds of ass, dragons, flying stone Warlords, all the above doing battle with some of the most ridiculously cool weapons I've ever seen, and just to put the cherry on the sundae, the music is 90% rock 'n' roll. And not that stock rock music that a lot of cartoons use, I'm talking Ron Wasserman- style metal-influenced guitar- shredding rock. A most excellent choice for the soundtrack.
I'll admit I haven't finished Season 1 yet and I know there's a second season, about which I heard new villains arrive sporting a samurai/ninja aesthetic. My only hope is that the show doesn't go the route of Sonic SatAM Season 2 and become TOO stupid. But even if it does, I'll still loves it to death and pray every weekend for a reboot.
SPOILERS: Season 2 goes the route of Sonic SatAM, in that the animation and frame art gets so bad sometimes that I can't enjoy the cartoon. Someone reboot this show STAT!
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