Yeah, it’s been two years. We don’t really have a good excuse other than we had some bad emotional times. I hope that shit is behind us now.
This was actually recorded several years ago back when season 2 was first starting. I intentionally held onto this one out of paranoia that I would be spoiled by book fans. Now the books and tv show are catching up enough that I feel like I can release it. Also, lets craps are given in general about everything. lol Season 2 was recorded back then as well.
Ah, Merlin season five. The season that takes all of the cumulative storylines, character development, and drama built over five years and… takes a giant dragon sized dump all over it.
Have you been anticipating an awesome magic duel between arch nemesis Morgana and Merlin? Too bad. Been wondering what was going on with the white dragon? Keep wondering. Looking forward to the reveal that Merlin has magic and him finally stepping into his own as Arthur’s magic advisory? Sucks to be you. Remember how Merlin has been serving Arthur all of this time because Arthur was destined to bring about a golden age where magic could exist peacefully? Yeah that doesn’t happen.
As you’ve probably already guessed, this episode is a gigantic (but deserved) bitch session. We might not have done a podcast on this season if we hadn’t already done all of the previous seasons and if this hadn’t been the final season. We needed closure, even if the show didn’t provide it.
Today I bring you the greatest podcast in the history of podcasts of the greatest television show in the history of television. Yes dear podcast listeners, I bring you season one of…
HERCULES THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS.
Hercules the Legendary Journeys was a nineties syndicated telvision series starring Kevin Sorbo. It’s about a time of myth and legend in ancient Greece when the ancient gods were petty and cruel and they plagued mankind with suffering. Only one man dared to challenge their power. His name was the half god Hercules. Since he was half god, Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen that was surpassed only by the power of his heart. During the series he travels the earth battleling bad guys. Often times these were the minions of his step mother Hera, the all powerful Queen of the Gods. Basically, whenever there was evil or an innocent was suffering Hercules was there to save them.
You’re welcome internets. You may procede to weep with joy.
Yeah, Doctor Who isn’t fantasy it’s sci-fi. So we’re bringing you a Fantasy Movie Podcast SPECIAL about Doctor Who! This way we can talk about Doctor Who and still feel like we’re not deluding the podcast’s theme. It’s a win/win right?
In this episode, we dicuss the new Doctor Who series’ (or seasons for us yanks) 1-6. There are no series seven spoilers in this podcast. We also don’t discuss much of the classic Who series. If you haven’t seen any Doctor Who this isn’t a very good introduction too it. We spoil major plot points even more than we usually do. This is for people who are already fans of the series. If you haven’t seen it, check out the trailer below and see if it piques your interest. This Doctor Who episode was requested by several listeners. I hope we don’t disapoint!
Merlin, aka. The Adventures of Merlin, is a British television show that started in 2008. It stars Colin Morgan as a young Merlin who must hide his magical powers because Camelot has outlawed all magic on threat of death. He spends his time secretly protecting Arthur and Camelot in hopes that Arthur will someday grow into a great King.
This review is for season (or series) 3 and 4 of Merlin. If you have not seen season 1 and 2 I encouraged you to check out our season 1-2 review or simply go watch the show. This episode does not even attempt to describe the premise of Merlin and completely spoils all of season three and four. So beware! This is no holds barred magical Arthurian spoiler time!
This television series just keeps getting better! The show makes a steady incline in quality throughout season three until its a really great show in season four. Does that make up for some of the lack luster episodes in season one? Yes, actually. I think it does. Many aspects of Arthur’s character development are finally barring fruit in season four that had seeds planted way back in season one. Merlin himself still has lots of room to grow, but he’s shown some welcome steps into becoming more pro-active instead of reactive (and ignoring Gaius’s terrible advice). Hopefully, in season five we’ll finally see him become the warlock of legend.
The series does have some problems, mostly involving Morganna’s strange character development. In season three, they take some dramatic shortcuts in her development. While its certainly plausible, the show doesn’t bother explaining or even showing the path it took her to reach her new persona. Furthermore, she doesn’t appear to have any remnants of her old persona at all. There’s some weird slippery slope fallacies going on there and odd inconsistencies. I wonder if this was because the writers were so determined to follow the path of the actual Arthurian legends? Who knows, but she’s definitely the weakest link in season three and four.
We highly recommend you check out this series. Make sure to start from the beginning though! If you watched season one and two and are on the fence about watching more, we think you should reconsider. The series gets continually better and really rewards long time listeners.
Sanctuary is a 2008 – Present fantasy television series starring Amanda Tapping. The series revolves around Helen Magnus, a 150 year old immortal who has dedicated her life to protecting unusual people and creatures. She does this through her Sanctuary network: a global private task force that investigates, protects, and if necessary contains beings/creatures called abnormals. The series is currently running on the Syfy channel and has recently completed its thrid season. A fourth season is schedules to air next fall.
This series is fantastic and vastly underrated. The story is excellent, the special effects are quite good (and not just for a tv series) and the casting is inspired. How often do you get to see a badass main character who is a woman, a scientist, a mother, and a badass who is actually older than thirty? Not very damn often, that’s for sure.
I know this episode is way too long. I was going to break it up into two episodes, but I’m tired of editing and just want to get it out. Hopefully, someone will still be interested.
What do you think of Sanctuary? Love it? Hate it? Have you even heard of it? Leave a comment!
Merlin also known as The Adventures of Merlin is a British BBC One TV show that started in 2008. It was created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. As of this recording in May 2011 it has three television seasons with another slated for next autumn. The series was created to be a family drama that children to grandparents could enjoy together.
PLOT: Camelot has outlawed magic. Anyone seen practicing magic or helping someone practicing magic will be put to death by order of the king. No exceptions. Magical creatures are killed on sight, whether they are dangerous or not. The king even killed every dragon in the land save one, which he imprisoned below the castle to serve as an example to anyone who dares to defy the King.
Merlin is sent to Camelot by his mother to stay with the Camelot royal physician named Gaius. Through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate depending on who you ask) he comes to be the manservant of Prince Arthur. Now, he must use his powers in secret to help Prince Arthur become a great king someday, knowing that if he is ever found out to be magical he would be put to death.
OH My God. We must never talk this long again. It took me 7 hours to edit this episode. This episode covers only season 1-2 of Merlin. There are no spoilers for season 3 and onward. We might go back later and do another episode that covers season 3. This series has some problems, but I think its a fun ride and worth the effort of tracking down if you’re a fantasy fan. The first two episodes are a little rough, but the show continuously improves as it goes on.