I’ve just finished watching the last episode of Merlin, and let me say that I am SO GLAD it’s returning for a second season! It’s been so long since I’ve seen a fun, fantasy TV series—the last time I can think of is Hercules and Xena*—and I’m quite relieved it’s been renewed, since most TV shows I wholeheartedly enjoy from the start tend to be canceled after the first season (à la Firefly, le sigh). Now, the question is: when is Merlin returning? Do we have to wait until next September, or, pray tell, will it come sooner? Does anyone know?
And this brings up something I’ve been wondering for quite a while now: why is there such a lack of good fantasy films? Granted, I don’t really watch TV anymore and haven’t for years, so when I think “wow, this is the only fantasy TV show!” I’m in complete ignorance of what else is out there. But for films, the only comparable movies I can think of—comparable in terms of medieval-esque setting, commonplace nature of magic and mythical beings—are The Last Unicorn, Dragonheart, Merlin, and Willow. Yes, there’s Lord of the Rings, but that’s epic, and there’s Harry Potter, but that’s set in our world. Pan’s Labyrinth might fit. Once again I’m reminded that usually for fantasy I turn to books, and for science-fiction to TV/film.
Am I on to something here, or am I completely missing out on good fantasy films that I just don’t know about? (And if so, do please enlighten me!)
* Yes, I admit my loser/nerdiness, but they were fun.