Saturday, April 2, 2011

Friday night date with Arthur

I remember the first time I fell in love with a knight - it was Richard Gere playing the role of Lancelot in the movie "First Knight". It was a love triangle. Although, I fell in love with the character of Lancelot, I also developed deep admiration for King Arthur who I had known to be very noble and righteous. For the longest time, I have believed the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table to be true...well up until last Thursday night when I and my hubby got an invite from Azrael Colladilla of Azrael's Merryland to the screening of AXN Beyond's new TV series "Camelot" at Greenbelt 3's My Cinema. Oh yes, it was only then that I learned that King Arthur and his boys are a myth. You see, I never really bothered to check any history book at that time after watching "First Knight". Nevertheless, myth or no myth, I still love the story and continue to be fascinated and intrigued by it.

Watching "Camelot" last Thursday night re-fueled my interest and fascination with King Arthur. I wouldn't have minded had all its ten series been shown that night. I got excited that I couldn't wait to find out what transpires in the succeeding episodes. In fact, I was waiting for its premier last night on AXN Beyond. What a blooper! Its TV premier will kick off tomorrow, April 4, and the ten-part series will be aired every Monday at 9:00 P.M.

"Camelot" is the first drama series of AXN Beyond. What I like about AXN Beyond's "Camelot" is that it tackles Arthur's childhood and traces the rise of young king Arthur. It gives us a whole new take on this Arthurian legend.

When I first saw the poster (above), I thought the woman on the right was Guinevere. I was wrong. It was Morgan, the half-sister of Arthur, who I didn't know existed. This "Camelot" tells us about the untold sibling rivalry of Arthur and his half-sister, which makes the plot all the more interesting and makes me all the more excited to watch for the remaining series. So, the story of Camelot is not just about the love triangle of Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere. There's much, much more to it. Really exciting! And oh by watching this "sneak" preview, I was re-introduced to Merlin (played by Joseph Fiennes). But this time, it was a different Merlin from the Merlin I know. This Merlin had no hat, wand or long white beard.

Camelot is being brought to life by a stellar cast. Rising star Jamie Campbell Bower (tallest one in the photo below) who plays young Arthur is a heartthrob material.

One more thing that I find fascinating about this era where the story of Camelot took place is how the ladies are garbed up in phenomenal gowns yet they still managed to look and move so sensual and lady-like. Haaaay, I desire to wear a similar gown I saw in "Camelot" and just like what Kat Alano was wearing as one of the hosts of the event that night. But I bet, I would be in agonizing pain wearing a Medieval gown just like that. I know, my belly fats will complain.

Event hosts: Rich Arthur (Amazing Race Asia winner) and Kat Alano (TV celebrity/model)

Enjoyed the yummy pica-pica food catered by Bizu.

My real date for the night - my very own knight in shining armor, my hubby. Cheesy!


Event Lover said...

This new King Arthur story is not the typical King Arthur story.

divine_viva said...

Yes, it's more about the untold rivalry of Arthur and his half-sister, I would suppose.