MERLIN'S CHARMING MAGICWhen it first premiered a few years ago, MERLIN was supposed to be a relaxing Saturday afternoon fun for the viewers of BBC, but then it seduced the audience becoming a world wide popular show with tens of millions of viewers and three seasons with the fourth one ready to air this Fall. In the world which loves grim, morbid and extremely dark stories, MERLIN was a breath of fresh air with its lovely stories based on myths and fairy tales, with it's picturesque sets and colourful costumes, with a sprinkle of humor and with amazing chemistry
GAME OF THRONES AND DRAGONSI must admit that, although I generally liked the show, GAME OF THRONES did leave me a bit disappointed and I think it owes its success mostly to the millions of fans of the books. Although it had its great sides (nice sets, mostly nice costumes, and some great performances - Sean Bean's being the best one) the show had problems with the dynamics within episodes, it didn't have any fantasy nor epic elements, it was mostly based on weak dialogues and there wasn't enough focus on any of the characters. So my main problem was with the adaptation and direction. The show just lacked some deeper directorial vision.
SEDUCTIVE TUDORSThe show which basically brought back historical programmes back to prime time is THE TUDORS. Not many shows have had such a strong fanbase as this Showtime's series has. With outstanding acting (Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry, Maria Doyle Kennedy as queen Catherine and Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon gave truly legendary and extremely refined performances), mesmerizing sets, exciting drama and brilliant costumes, THE TUDORS had four seasons before they went straight to television history. The first season was by far the
GLORIOUS DAYS OF ROMEI must admit that I was immediately smitten by ROME as soon as it premiered on HBO in 2005. Following the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans and set in the last days of the Roman Republic, the show brought us amazing acting
SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SEXAlthough it was filled with naked titties, willies, ripping muscles and tight buttocks :) SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND was by no means superficial. Behind the outrageous visual feast which also included groundbreaking special effects, marvelous sets, mind
NAUGHTY AND MIGHTY BORGIASAlthough we can't say it managed to replace THE TUDORS as Showtime's new historical saga, THE BORGIAS weren't all that bad. Although the first six episodes were confusing, rather pointless, visionless and had a terrible lack of direction (both behind the helm and in the screenwriter's seat) after the sixth episode when Neil Jordan gave up the director's seat to the much more talented Jeremy Podeswa, the show suddenly became dynamic, thrilling, sexy, lavish, quick and much more refined and it also finally gained a direction in which the story and the actors could flow more easily.
MESMERIZING LEGEND OF THE SEEKEREven though the readers of the fantasy saga upon which LEGEND OF THE SEEKER show was based upon didn't like the adaptation, the show did manage to create its huge fanbase and thus it lasted for two successful seasons following the adventures of young hero Richard Cypher and his friends among wizards and sorcerers. The second, final, season was much better than the first one presenting the most breathtaking of sets and landscapes, mesmerizing costumes and some stunning visuals. The show also gave us one of the most impressive and memorable female warrior characters seen on TV ever since STAR TREK's Seven of Nine,