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April 2017

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Camelot & The Borgias

Was going to write about my first impressions of Camelot and The Borgias in detail, but hey people get paid to do that and they do a more eloquent job than I. So I'm just gonna link the Salon review: "Camelot" and "Borgias": Blood, boobs and costume drama.

As usual, quick thoughts on Camelot:
  1. Mycroft/Sherlock has ruined me. Ruined me. My first reaction to episode 1 of Camelot was: Kay/Arthur! Kay/Arthur! Kay/Arthur!

  2. Cast wise: Eva Green is beautiful but takes her cloth off too much. Joseph Fiennes makes for a different take on Merlin, I'll reserve judgment at this point. Jamie Campbell Bower is, of course, tantalizingly pretty. (Why can't he take off his clothes more often? Is this show forgetting the female audience?)

  3. Didn't care much for the plot. I don't have a problem with its deviations from the usual version(s), since Arthurian legends are pretty nebulous in any case. But I have problem with the pacing I think....maybe I will change my mind after watching episode 2 more thoroughly, but I doubt it.

  4. Back to Eva Green. I'd pay to see her do comedy. Srsly. (Flashbacks to Kingdoms of Heaven.....)
I do like The Borgias better, because it's, as they say, "The Tudors" in papal robes. Some may say this as a bad thing, but not to this fangirl! I am thoroughly sick of the Qing-dynasty Chinese historical drama (I mean, have you seen those hairstyles!!!), but European costume pieces taken place in sumptuous surroundings? Yes please! (This disqualifies Camelot, by the way.)

The one thing that saddens me about this series, though, is that it made me realize Jeremy Irons (1) really is old, and (2) has not aged all that gracefully. A mere 14 years ago I thought he was oddly dashing (among a lot of other things) in Lolita.

Oh and: I was a huge Cesare/Lucrezia shipper. Still am. But I can't be the only one who sees potential in Giulia/Lucrezia....