Camelot (2011)
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Arthur and his knights come to a village where the head man has been killed and his alleged murderer Colfur is about to be lynched. Arthur insists he is tried at Camelot as a precedent for ... See full summary »

Director:

Stefan Schwartz

Writers:

Michael Hirst (creator), Chris Chibnall (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Merlin
Jamie Campbell Bower ... King Arthur
Tamsin Egerton ... Guinevere
Claire Forlani ... Queen Igraine
Chipo Chung ... Vivian
Sinéad Cusack ... Sybil
Peter Mooney ... Kay
Clive Standen ... Gawain
Philip Winchester ... Leontes
Eva Green ... Morgan
Liam Cunningham ... Colfur
Steven Mackintosh ... Ewan
Lauren Coe ... Excalibur
Marek Toth Marek Toth ... Wade
Mella Carron Mella Carron ... Katelyn
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Arthur and his knights come to a village where the head man has been killed and his alleged murderer Colfur is about to be lynched. Arthur insists he is tried at Camelot as a precedent for a justice system to establish fairness. By getting Guinevere to talk to Colfur's little daughter he finds that the case is not as simple as it first appeared and he is grateful for her help. Sybil suggests Morgan adopt a charm offensive to win hearts and minds away from Arthur but it fails so she employs desperate measures to persuade locals they need Morgan's patronage. Merlin, still shocked by Excalibur's death, shuts himself away designing diagrams, which puzzle Uther's widow Ygrain. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Fantasy | History

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Canada | UK | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Themes still timely
16 November 2016 | by lor_See all my reviews

This episode contrasts King Arthur's pioneering sense of justice, as he intervenes in a local revenge killing to proclaim new standards of honor and proper punishment, with sister/rival Morgan's unscrupulous notion of meting out almost the opposite of justice to further her own ambitions. But it is a key subplot which rings timely today.

Earlier in the episode Sinead Cusack as the nun who is the power behind Morgan's rise to prominence has a cogent speech that almost approximates the main reason for Donald Trump's recent electoral victory. When she recited it I almost felt like this episode had been torn from the headlines, rather than made 5 plus years ago.

She reasons that fear is what can motivate the populace as well as the key power brokers who Morgan needs to back her if she is to dethrone Arthur and take the throne for herself. Her method, including considerable self-sacrifice for her apprentice-would-be-queen, involves scheming to convince folks that they are unsafe and that only Morgan can ensure their future. Far more Machievellian than Trump's direct approach at exploiting people's fears, the script carefully delineates the issues and is just as true today.

With strong performances by both Cusack and Eva Green as Morgan, this segment is clearly worth revisiting in light of current events.


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