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Camelot – The Story That Was Never Told Unveils at AXN Beyond

April 4, 2011

 

The myth of King Arthur is set to have a major makeover through the retelling of this famous tale in this new series entitled Camelot. This new series will have its premiere this April 4 (YES TONIGHT!) at 9PM in AXN Beyond.

Camelot is a dark and gripping take on the medieval legend. This is the first drama series on AXN Beyond to have a simulcast across Asia in the same week as its U.S. broadcast.

I was able to watch the pilot of the series first hand last week with other bloggers. I think this is a fresh approach to the famous myth as it tells the tale in a different perspective. As its tagline states, “a dark and gripping take on the medieval legend that was never told.”

Here is a summary of Camelot to give you an overview on what the show is about:

“Setting itself apart from other shows that have explored the Arthurian legend, Camelot traces the rise of young king Arthur as he struggles to unite a kingdom torn by war, deception and betrayal.

The kingdom of Camelot teeters on the edge of turmoil when King Uther Pendragon is suddenly murdered through supernatural means. Sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes, FlashForward, Shakespeare in Love) arrives too late to  save the dying king, but dark visions compel him to install Uther’s secret son – hidden at birth and brought up as a commoner – as heir to the throne. So begins the rise of the young and impetuous Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Twilight Saga: New Moon) as the new king.

Allying with dark supernatural forces and the kingdom’s enemies, Morgan, Arthur’s beautiful but ruthlessly ambitious half sister (Eva Green, The Golden Compass, Casino Royale) -– responsible for Uther’s death – wages a bitter war against him to claim the crown.

In such trying times, Arthur finds the innocent yet strong Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton, St Trinian’s, Keeping Mum) a beacon in the darkness and inspiration for him to grow into the king he has to become. Guided by Merlin’s magical foresight and belief, and aided by his brave knights, Arthur sets forth to bring justice, hopeand freedom to a kingdom corrupted by violence, greed and despair.”

The show boasts of a stellar cast which includes Joseph Fiennes as Merlin. I must say that he is an interesting choice to play this character. However, he is effective and he was able to breathe life in the TV series based on the pilot episode.

Jamie Campbell Bower plays the young Arthur. He was able to embody the innocence and quiet confidence of the king-in-training. Although he did not shine much in his appearances as part of the Volturis in Eclipse and New Moon, I can see that him being cast as the young Arthur in this series is a good choice.

So far, the series is promising based on the pilot episode. I don’t see any plot flaws or effects mishaps (Not that I am looking for one.)  This is definitely a TV series that I will be following.

 

Camelot premieres 4 April 2011 in the same week of its US debut.

Airing Mondays 9pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 8pm (JKT)

Special thanks to Penshoppe and L’Oreal and AXN Beyond for giving us the chance to watch the series firsthand.


 

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