‘Cursed’ falls short of fantasy in a waterlogged Season 1

'Cursed' falls short of fantasy in a waterlogged Season 1

It was only a matter of time before some interpretation of Arthurian legend appeared in the post–Game of Thrones scrabble for fantasy television. 

The images of Excalibur, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake are backed by well known myths that have been written for stage and screen countless times, and so like clockwork Cursed has appeared to write their origins for a new audience on Netflix. 

Of course, treading such familiar waters is a double-edged sword. In order to forge something new and compelling out of old stories, the rewrite must bring something new and interesting to the legends. Without a really good reason for existing, shows like Cursed get bogged down by the weight of their source material and wind up settling in the bottom of a lakebed, surrounded by every other attempt to rewrite something everyone already knows.  Read more…

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