I've been thoroughly enjoying the terrible writing and ridiculous overacting on Starz' Camelot series these past few weeks, much in the same way I've been having a wonderful time watching and laughing at Hellcats and The Event in their respective first seasons. But something unpredictable happened last Friday. Camelot delivered an episode that was not only not the most hilarious thing I'd seen all week, but was also kind of... badass? And almost... good? I'm freaking out. Let's discuss this rare phenomenon.
Anti-Rape Stance: An Incredibly Effective Way to Make a Character Likable
Up until this week, I was far from sold on Arthur as king, what with his weepy faces, incompetence as a leader and obsession with repeatedly daydreaming about Guinevere getting sand all over her boobs. Great way to fix that quickly? Have him come down hard on rapists! What am I gonna do? Say he's wrong for being anti-rape? Get outta town.
Even If It Is Ripped Off from Braveheart
Hey, I don't mind that this week's rape storyline was a prominent part of Braveheart -- Braveheart is awesome. If Arthur rides his horse into someone's bedroom just to smash their skull with an improvised bludgeoning device next week, this is going to be my new favorite show.
I've Never Loved a Man Ponytail So Much
Arthur brushed his hair and pulled it back this week and instantly transformed into a man I almost take seriously. Ordinarily, man ponytails have the opposite effect on me, but I guess that's why he's the Magical Predestined King.
Public Throat Slicings
Morgan was so badass in that moment, wasn't she? That was such a surprising and kick-ass murder, it looked like something that would be on another, better show. And the way she and Arthur had simultaneous rallies at the end finally set up their warring factions in an almost well written way. Are the writers learning how to tell stories effectively all of a sudden? The world is upside down.
Supporting Characters Are People Too
I didn't care much about Arthur's soldiers until this week, when Gawain stole my heart with his whole impassioned anti-rape situation. I really can't stress enough that they found a silver bullet with this "Camelot Hates Rape" thing.
Who Doesn't Love an Evil Nun?
I still don't understand exactly what Morgan's relationship with Evil Nun is all about, but I know I loved her whole frail old woman routine this episode. She's like the Bugs Bunny of medieval murder or something with her trickery.
More People Need to Be Mean to Igraine
Merlin screaming at Claire Forlani was the episode's most satisfying thing next to Morgan's murder show. Why does Igraine want to make out with Merlin, again? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he get her raped and then steal her baby? Don't hook up with that guy, idiot.
She wasn't in this episode much, and I don't remember seeing her boobs flying around the oceanside even once. I like her a lot better that way.
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