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Moral Complexities suck the life out of the show....
A_Different_Drummer from North America
16 August 2014
If you are looking for a cautionary tale about what happens when when
cascading plot arcs suck the joy out of a show, look no further than
the American production Smallville.
As is the case with Merlin, the producers had a complex narrative
question to resolve. There, the early years of the young Superman are a
veritable funfest of adventures, and they handled that portion of the
story brilliantly. All the early episodes are in glorious daybright
color and even if you are not a fan, chances are the stories would
leave a smile on your face.
However, mindful that the strongest superhero of all time invariably
attracts the strongest villains of all time, by end of the series
SMALLVILLE had evolved into a tale so dark it should have come with a
warning label and backlight.
Which brings us to Merlin. By this point in the series the joy of the
young wizard who found a home in Camelot and made a friend of the
dragon are ... gone. Here the producers have to contend with the fact
that this story is not merely a tragedy, indeed, it predates
Shakespeare by centuries and as such is arguably the oldest tragedy
that England can lay claim to.
In this episode, pregnant with moral questions and other pithy issues,
the characters march inexorably to their destinies.
The craftsmanship is still there. It's just not very entertaining.
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