In a Land of Myth and a Time of Magic

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(Don’t tell me that you don’t sing along to the opening sequence of your favourite TV shows. THAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THE OPENING SEQUENCE, DUH.)

I’m not a big TV watcher. I know pretty much nothing about TV shows that haven’t either a) been shown on TV at a reasonable hour within the last 3 years or b) are on Netflix. Or in the library. It’s not good at all. HOWEVER! I like a good bit of Saturday night TV, and the Great British Bake-off is usually the highlight of my week. Oh goodness I can’t wait for August to arrive.

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Yes. I watched Merlin. I mean, looking back on it now, maybe a lot of it was badly written and the jokes were repetitive and awful but ALSO it had magic and dragons and a lot of things that I like. Merlin was probably the first fandom of younger me. You can probably imagine my sadness/extreme anger at it ending and being replaced by Atlantis.

Atlantis was not a good show, in my opinion. I watched a couple of episodes, ’cause, hey, the first two series of Merlin were also pretty bad, but: nope. Mainly, I disliked the characters, whose main problems were that they had no character. I apologise deeply to fans who were upset at its cancellation (I really do feel you) but personally I’m kinda…glad for the opening?

The BBC sucks at representation. Sherlock is an awful example of queerbaiting.Β All the ‘bigger’ shows – hmm, Robin Hood, Merlin, Atlantis, Sherlock, Doctor Who – are led by (canonically) straight white men.

*smashes keyboard* It’s not that I inherently dislike the plot of these shows. (Except maybe in the case of Atlantis. And slightly Robin Hood, because that also wasn’t very good.) It just pisses me off that there are a ton of great female-led shows in America like Once Upon a Time and Agent Carter but the BBC still can’t bring itself to have any female leads in action/sci-fi/fantasy. Atlantis didn’t at all have to be male-led. I love Peter Capaldi, I do, but the role of the Doctor is such a good opportunity for diversity of any kind yet still nothing. A lot of the female characters are also kind of…the same? Badass girls are awesome, but, like, sometimes they also need to have different characters.

There hasn’t been a sign yet of Atlantis’ replacement. There was a run of Jonathan Strange & Mister Norrell, a novel adaptation, but that was brief and from what I can see I don’t think anything has changed.

Well. I’m interested to see the new show, if there is one.

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Do you have any TV shows to recommend that aren’t stuck in the land of myth? Been to the cinema lately? A fellow Merlin fan? LET ME KNOW. πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “In a Land of Myth and a Time of Magic

  1. I immediately started to finish the opening when I read the post title πŸ˜€ Merlin is one of my favourite shows and I still love it to pieces, but I agree with you that the BBC really needs a show with a female lead :/ Now that the Master has reincarnated into Missy, maybe that means we’ll get a female Doctor as well?

  2. I love Sherlock soooo much, but I hate the queerbaiting. Just…ugh. *headdesk* WHY MOFFAT WHY. He’s also said kinda rudely that there shouldn’t be a female doctor (for what reasons, exactly?) but I hope that someday there will be. Or at least a POC. Urgh. C’mon, BBC, you can do this. Awesome post.

  3. So I still love that epic opening/ending music…and I still laugh every time Merlin trips or turns into an old man, or does anything, really xD
    I’m really glad that the Master is Missy now, and as thewritinghufflepuff says, I really hope we get a female doctor next! (I’m actually quite happy that they got a male nurse in Matt Smith era, breaking gender stereotypes and all that.) BUT I think the companion show of Doctor Who called Torchwood is extremely diverse in terms of sexuality. : ) I’m still waiting for more racial diversity though.
    There’s a crime TV show called The Killing (the Danish, original version, not the American version) and the protagonist is a female police/detective, so you might be interested. I have to warn you though, that series is extremely slow-paced and dark, and it covers three aspects if a crime–the victim’s family, the politics and the investigating. I’ve actually only seen two episodes yet, but it’s really intriguing : P

    • Oh gosh yes, I’ll always sing along (tunelessly) like ‘dun duuunn dun dun dun’ etc. etc. πŸ˜›
      Yeah, same! Missy is cool – hopefully it will spell for better things in the future.
      Oooh, thanks, I’d heard of Torchwood in passing but I haven’t seen it! Thanks for recommending The Killing as well – I’ll check out both of them. πŸ™‚

  4. …Most of the openeing sequences I’m in love with are just soundtracks. THAT DOESN’T MEAN I DON’T CASUALLY *ahem* YELL IT AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS. And learn the fingerpicking on guitar. And hum it. No in between XD

    BBC we neeeed more diversity. I mean, take Sherlock for example. HINTING at Johnlock won’t give you the badges for diversity. Nope. That’s just not the way it works. Either you’re queer, or you’re not. I’m watching Elementary nowadays, which is basically JOAN Watson, not John. XD And Sherlock is much nicer and there’s feminism and there’s girl power and I’m so happy for that, because, WHY NOT? πŸ˜‰ Lovely post <33

  5. …Most of the opening sequences I’m in love with are just soundtracks. THAT DOESN’T MEAN I DON’T CASUALLY *ahem* YELL IT AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS. And learn the fingerpicking on guitar. And hum it. No in between XD

    BBC we neeeed more diversity. I mean, take Sherlock for example. HINTING at Johnlock won’t give you the badges for diversity. Nope. That’s just not the way it works. Either you’re queer, or you’re not. I’m watching Elementary nowadays, which is basically JOAN Watson, not John. XD And Sherlock is much nicer and there’s feminism and there’s girl power and I’m so happy for that, because, WHY NOT? πŸ˜‰ Lovely post <33

    • (Eep, your comment has gone through twice so I’ll just answer this one!)
      Haha I learnt to play, like, the Totoro and Sherlock themes badly on the clarinet. (During orchestra.) IT’S A-OKAY.
      Totallyyy. It sucks how they write in stuff and then just deny everything? Yes.
      I’ve heard a bit about Elementary but SERIOUSLY that sounds awesome! πŸ™‚ I NEED TO CHECK THIS OUT. Thanks for reading!

  6. SHOWN AT A REASONABLE HOUR. Like totally. Oh, yes, I totally get what you mean by queerbaiting even though I hadn’t heard the term. Although the Korean (or Japanese? I can’t recall) they literally framed it as a romance, it was hilarious. To be honest, many Sherlock adaptations did the same — RDJ and Jude Law literally referred to Game of Shadows as a romantic comedy. I’m wondering whether I should try Elementary because OMG, Lucy Liu and Natalie Dormer and Nice!Sherlock. What a shock. XD

    • There are so many things shown at, like, 1 in the morning? (For some reason?_
      Haha, that is hilarious! πŸ˜›
      Same with me about Elementary aah! People say a lot of good things (and NATALIE DORMER & LUCY LIU) so I think I should probably try it. (Nice!Sherlock?? *gasps* XD)

  7. I actually love Sherlock and doctor who but I agree with you there. I was watching the great British bake off on the plane on my vacation (British airlines) and omg it’s so much better than American cooking shows…like it’s actual interesting.
    Merlin is absolutely terrible and that’s why I love it lol

    • Gotta love some GBBO! Haha I find all the other ones too stressful. The Bake Off is tense but also, like, summer and Cath Kidston print and serene cake baking? Idk where I’m going with this haha.
      Merlin’s terribleness makes it kinda good! πŸ˜›

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