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29 September 2013 @ 12:34 am
BBC's Atlantis  
So I was looking forward to this show, because I love greek mythology. After seeing episode 1, I'm very disappointed.

What a pile of crap. I think I hated it.

The connection with our modern age at the beginning was completely unnecessary.

And I hate the arbitrary way in which they combined all the different myths in a way that doesn't make sense, and getting absolutely nothing right or faithful to the real legends.

Why start the tale with the Minotaur/Minos/Ariadne myth, which is notoriously set in Crete, and set it instead in the lost city of Atlantis, which has nothing to do with it? Jason says "I'm in ancient Greece", no you aren't, Atlantis is supposed to be in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, beyond the Pillars of Hercules....

And Jason has nothing to do with the minotaur ... it's Theseus who kills it! Moreover, they introduced Ariadne, but didn't include her among the people who were going to be sacrificed to the monster, which is the only thing she's famous for...

Not to speak of how random the inclusion of Pitagoras is, and how pathetic they made Hercules...

What a freaking mess. I don't expect a tv adaptation to be 100% faithful in every detail but is it so difficult/impossible to respect the legends in general, maintaining the main plots/characters/connections?? I don't understand these showrunners at all (well, I should have known better...I've seen Merlin, afterall!). Greek mythology is such an endless source of tales as it is...way to go and make an absolute mess for no reason.

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bittersweettwit: Bobby hugbittersweettwit on September 29th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you did not like the show Francy! Normally I'd say try it out for longer just in case, but if the mythology is so messed up it might be best to stop before it gets worse.*hug*
sherrilina: Gaius/Six (Battlestar Galactica)sherrilina on September 29th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Gee did you try out BSG for longer, like past the miniseries? :p
bittersweettwit: Bellabittersweettwit on September 29th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Uhm I watched the mini-series and the first three episodes... Considering the mini-series is 3 hours thats actually more time than the normal 4-5 episodes I give a show.
francy_m79: casfrancy_m79 on September 29th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Indeed!! It's not going to get better, imo!
sherrilina: Arthur/Morgana 3 (Merlin)sherrilina on September 29th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Lol as soon as I heard it was by the flop, talentless team behind Merlin I lost any possible interest in it--Merlin was enough TV suffering and bad writing to last me a lifetime! And it sounds from another friend that it is mainly "rinse and repeat" but with different names in the roles of the characters? I bet that is why the mythology is so messed up--they were probably trying to recreate the Merlin cast of characters in the new setting.
francy_m79: merlin-leaffrancy_m79 on September 29th, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
Merlin was 100 times better!!
Shapinglightshapinglight on September 29th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
It was extremely silly, I agree. I suspect that was probably the point. ;)
francy_m79francy_m79 on September 29th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe it was!! But it didn't work for me at all. I love silly, I'm a big fan of it... but even silly has to be well done. This was just awful! Many people seem to have liked it.... good for them! This is clearly a show I cannot appreciate! :/
Agent 1.3: LoM-can'tlookllywela13 on September 29th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear it disappointed you so much - I did fear the worst after seeing the trailers for the show, which looked to be all hype and not much substance. It's a shame - they've got some strong actors on the cast, who I'd love to see in something good. But alas Atlantis looks to be the Beeb's version of Sky One's Sinbad from last year, which was much the same - lightweight, anachronistic, flashy and shallow.
francy_m79: on the roadfrancy_m79 on September 29th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Very disappointed, indeed! :(

Oh, well, I have already so many shows to watch, so maybe it's for the better!! :)