Cursed (Netflix) – TV Series Review

*Major Spoilers Ahead*

Arthurian legends have always held a special place in my heart, especially due to my love of the BBC show, Merlin. So when Netflix released the trailer for their new re-imagining of such a beloved tale, I was instantly intrigued and filled with high expectations. Sadly, I was majorly let down and I’m gutted!

All legends are easily adaptable, giving writers the ability and freedom to craft unique storylines that are filled with a cast of characters whose paths are destined to intertwine. The casting for these characters was great but what they really lacked was depth and understanding, I wanted so more from these characters and more about the different cultures within their world. I wish they explored the different types of fey and I would have loved more from the Viking storyline, but we only just brushed the surface!

Also they need to stop killing off all the interesting and minor characters, I understand that there needs to be some deaths to fuel characters motivation and revenge but these were not necessary. The shows writers tease us with these new characters and their budding relationships with major characters and then they’re shot down by the enemy? If you’re going to kill them off at least give us more of a relationship with them. Speaking of relationships, Langford’s chemistry with Terrell was an element I really enjoyed, the two star-crossed lovers relationship is delicately well paced and was one of the most genuine relationships throughout the entire show.

The cut-aways were also beautiful, but were used ineffectively, as they made the show feel disconnected and slow. There are so many intricate yet dull storylines and what needs to be worked on, if there’s going to be a second season, is the show-creators storytelling ability and that bridge between the character and the audience.

Another element I enjoyed were the fight scenes, especially those involving the ‘Weeping Monk’ as they were epic, well-paced and choreographed beautifully. I’m always fond of the villain, and I found myself wanting more scenes with the ‘Weeping Monk’, he was one of the only characters (along with little Squirrel) who I enjoyed watching.

Anyway, I’m curious to see if there will be a second season and if they’ll work on the audiences feedback, as I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about the show. Let me know what you thought about the show in the comments below!

Poldark – TV Series Review

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Now if you don’t live in the UK then you probably don’t know that there was a television series on BBC1 on a Sunday night called Poldark. I know what you’re thinking “That’s a strange name for a TV show, I wonder what it could be about” ah ha! Well, I shall tell you! Poldark is the surname of a Mr. Ross Poldark who is the main protagonist in this rather wonderful series. Poldark is set in the 1700’s in Cornwall (for those of you who don’t know where Cornwall is it is the very south of the UK on the sticky outie left-hand side when you look at a map… I hope that didn’t sound patronising…) Anyway, it’s a truly stunning part of the county which I have yet to visit (I really need to visit). Ross Poldark left to fight in the American War of Independence, leaving his ‘girlfriend’ (that’s in inverted comers as I don’t think it was ‘approved’ by the family, as was the way in those days). He is gone for some time and is suspected dead, only he comes home to find the love of his life Elizabeth engaged to his Cousin Francis Poldark… Awkward…

Can’t really say much more without spoiling the whole series. My dad and I eagerly watched each of these episodes with great anticipation each week. It was one of those “Ooo Poldark is on switch it over quick!” kind of TV show. This was a really great, meaty TV show full of family drama, love(ish) drama and any other drama you can think of pretty much. What I really liked about this TV show is that you could never quite predict what the characters were going to do which made things a little tense but also frustrating at time. The cast of Poldark is also steller! Ross Poldark is played by the GORGIOUS Aiden Turner. Other cast members include Eleanor Tomlinson, Heidia Reed and Kyle Soller, some fantastic acting!

It’s quite a dramatic TV show, not gunna lie but it wasn’t one we were all talking about at school, I guess because the themes were a little bit more adult and complicated, but I genuinely really enjoyed it. If you didn’t know then this series is actually from a series of BOOKS! The first series is the first 2 books AND the next series has been green- lighted for the 3rd and 4th books. I am very excited! I’m going to give this 5 out of 5 stars! Both me and my dad really enjoyed this show!

I will leave a link for the IMDb page HERE

The link to check out the books HERE (I haven’t read them but I’ll link the goodreads page do you can have a gander)