I’m definitely a geek, but that’s fine! I’m okay with myself. One of my loves is a good fantasy, with a different world. Harry Potter, of course, fit that bill absolutely perfectly, and I followed the progression of Harry’s story with the passion that only a true nerdy fan can have.
Of course, Harry Potter has finally finished saving the world and he has moved on to celebrity alum status at Hogwarts. So what’s a fantasy girl to do without her favorite scar-headed hero? You probably think that, considering the current waves of American pop culture, that I would say the next step is Game of Thrones. But no, that’s not my answer. I’m sure it’s a good book/show, and it’s on my roster, but the show I’ve actually been hooked on lately is one from across the pond: Merlin.
It chronicles the origin and adventures of one of the greatest sorcerers in all of man’s cultural memory: Merlin. (Referenced even in Harry Potter: “Merlin’s beard!”) This Merlin isn’t the ancient, white-bearded man that most of us conjure in our minds when we think of the name. Instead, it depicts a young Merlin, and his budding bromance with the stubborn, proud young Arthur, son of King Uther, Crown Prince of the kingdom, Camelot—with whom his fate is tied. It is his duty to protect Arthur, and therefore, the future of Camelot.
Those familiar with the old Arthurian legends will recognize prominent names as characters are introduced, but BBC brings a little bit of a different twist to each, keeping the story fresh and new.
It’s a good, easy watch. Perfect for those looking for a little magic this summer.
By: Michelle C, Harvard
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