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Camelot - (S01E10)

Fantasy . Drama

Arthur must defend himself against mercenaries on Bardon Pass. Morgan leads Sybil and her followers to Camelot where she receives information that leads her to believe her ambitions will be realized.

Episode Title: Reckoning
Airs: 2011-06-10 at 10:00 pm
  • Glenn Garvin

    Starz, however, has re-imagined the doings of Arthur, Guinevere and the gang as a bloody, bodice-ripping medieval soap opera, and the result is surprisingly satisfying.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Unfortunately, lightweight Bower (more Dude Arthur than King Arthur) and an even lighter-weight Egerton can't carry a series, let alone a kingdom. Nonetheless, it's still lots of lush, plush, silly good fun.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Fantasy epics aren't really my thing, but this stylish, intense series should satisfy sci-fi fans for some time.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It all gets pretty involving in time. Based on the first three hours, this is a sturdy production from a producer/scriptwriter (Chris Chibnall) whose well-appointed credits include Torchwood, Doctor Who and the United Kingdom version of Law & Order.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    A few key tweaks to the story and Joseph Fiennes' puckish interpretation of the king's right-hand sorcerer keep the legend from getting too stale

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Some fans apparently don't think the sloe-eyed blond actor Jamie Campbell Bower is studly and thrusting enough for Arthur. But boyishness gives him room to grow, and there is plenty that's masterly about Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, who is occasionally seen in a studded hoodie and always shrouded in mystery, but other otherwise all man.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Bower's not the most compelling hero--and Fiennes can be a bore--but the story, however twisted, remains amusing.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Mr. Fiennes is fun to watch as an arrogant, punked-out Merlin; he's much more interesting than Jamie Campbell Bower, whose lightweight Arthur, to this point, doesn't appear to deserve all the attention he's getting....Best of all is Ms. Green, the Bond girl and Bernardo Bertolucci dream object, as Arthur's sister and rival (known here as Morgan). Her intensity is a good match for the show's gloomy-doomy, psychologizing mood.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Fiennes gives Camelot some feistiness and playfulness, and the whole affair is boosted by the fiery Green, a bit part by James Purefoy, plus strong performances in the supporting cast (and yet more wonderful costumes by Joan Bergin, who worked her Emmy-winning magic on Tudors).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This is "King Arthur Begins." Fiennes seems determined to play the Joker. Whether this interpretation of the sorcerer will cast a spell over viewers is uncertain.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    As Merlin, Joseph Fiennes is more like a trainer-dietitian than mentor, but he's lively. Eva Green, as Morgan, is coldly beautiful and magnificent in Camelot couture. She's enchanting. But I don't see Jamie Campbell Bower's Arthur having the resolve of a king. [28 Mar 2011, p.54]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The main thing Camelot has going for it is a lively, unpretentious desire to entertain. It doesn't take itself overly seriously--Merlin has a wry sense of humor--and there are some capable action sequences amid scenes of rustic splendor.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Bower starts out seeming just a bit too young and green to command the throne, though he may grow into it as the weeks go along. The rest of the cast play their positions well, from the conniving Morgan to the inscrutable Merlin. And if once in a while things look like "The Young and the Restless," well, some truths are eternal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's all extremely familiar material, despite plot tweaks here and there, and yet the show is still somewhat charming in its emphasis on idealism and bravery. Flimsy, but charming enough.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While stately and reasonably smart, the first three episodes unfold at a less-than-galvanizing pace, featuring a young King Arthur whose appeal seems more calibrated to please the "Twilight" demo than action-craving men.

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Nice looking, but not nearly enough action.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Phillip Maciak

    It's not easy, with all the silly one-liners, oddball plot twists, and frat-party ambience, to get terribly invested in who will win the power struggle that Camelot dramatizes. But if Fiennes and Green could stage a coup, wresting control of the show from its tawdrier impulses, then that might just be something worth watching.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Pieces of the familiar Arthurian epic are preserved in the script, but that doesn't mean the characters fit our images of them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The series as a whole seems much more interested in the love triangle involving Arthur, his bravest knight Leontes (Philip Winchester) and the beautiful Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) than in actually showing the growth of a king. It doesn't help that parts of that story are bizarrely anachronistic.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Camelot teeters on the edge of camp, but it doesn't have the nerve to pitch itself into the abyss and just be trashy.

    Salon Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Despite the interesting twist of overt sibling rivalry, Chibnall seems to be making a blood and gore version of "The Princess Diaries."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    This retelling of the Arthurian legend feels overly familiar and there's just not enough that's new or different to make it worthwhile.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Rarely has the story been rendered so dreary and insipid.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Even on the level of it's-just-entertainment, Camelot is exceedingly silly.

    Time Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There are a few amusing, if not always sensible, twists, and after a rough start, Bower does display some charm and skill as the boy king. But even so, a story meant to sing simply doesn't.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    At this stylish intersection of a Lollapalooza concert and last weekend's Renn faire, we will fight to the death for the crown and all that, guided by Campbell's scrawny, underwhelming, indie-rock Arthur and a malevolently intriguing, shaved-head take on Merlin from "FlashForward's" Joseph Fiennes.

    Washington Post Full Review

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