Camelot: The Complete First Season (2011) – By Brian Morton

Starz and Anchor Bay seem to have the code to a great TV series cracked. With 2 Spartacus series that are excellent, their current Torchwood and several in the pipeline, they seem to be able to do no wrong right now. And the streak is kept alive with their latest, Camelot (on DVD starting September 13th), a retelling of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable story with a more adult twist.

The main character (at least in the beginning) is Merlin, played by Joseph Fiennes, who’s looking for the new king after the untimely death of King Uther. It seems that Uther left an heir in hiding, young Arthur. Soon, Merlin is helping Arthur become king, and it’s not nearly as easy as it seems, especially when your sister, Morgan (played with surprising wicked sensuality by Eva Green) wants the crown for herself and isn’t opposed to using a bit of sorcery and deception to get it from you.

The intrigue is intense, the action is great and the story itself is a fresh take on a familiar story. And it’s a very interesting take; all the familiar things are here, the round table, the lady in the lake, Excalibur, but all with a twist that makes the story feel fresh and new. I’m giving Camelot: The Complete First Season 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a great show that didn’t get the attention it deserved when it first aired…so make sure you catch it on DVD by heading over to