Man, what is going on here? Am I becoming really, seriously stupid, or dense, or blind, or idiotic, or something horrible, because I just don't get it. This series has received such glowingly positive reviews on Amazon that I was compelled to sit through at least the first episode.
Good god, what a turd. What an ordeal! I just couldn't understand what all these people were seeing in this programme. Everything about it was just mind-numbingly awful. I was just barely able to squeak by watching one episode. After about 15 minutes, I was squirming in my seat, utterly dazed (in the worst way), more thoroughly confused than ever by the positive reviews and almost in actual physical pain. It was nothing less than merciless torture. But I was stubbornly determined to give this show a fair chance. But I was so relieved when the episode Finally finished, I almost collapsed on the floor.
Well, I've now had a chance to think this over; to analyze the first episode, to attempt to understand it more comprehensively; to glean from it all the depth and meaning I could.
AND IT'S STILL UNMITIGATED CRAPOLA!
What the hell is the deal here? Is my computer somehow bringing up some different, dismal, crappy programme and making me think I'm watching Merlin? Because it can't be -- it just cannot be -- that I'm viewing the same programme that all these other reviewers are watching.
Either that, or all the positive reviews are coming from 8-year-olds who have absolutely no idea, no concept, of what a good programme is SUPPOSED to be. This might explain it. After all, what 8-year-old is going to know anything about superb storytelling? What child is going to understand the beauty and excellence and exquisite, heart-breaking glory of programmes like the new Doctor Who, or the satiric bite of programmes like The Boys? It would make perfect sense that all these positive Merlin reviews come from children.
Of course, the other side of this coin reveals the sad, depressing truth that the viewing public is being dumbed down to pitiable degrees heretofore unknown. So sad. Oh, well. At least Amazon hasn't cancelled their better programmes. I suppose a few turds like Merlin are bound to slip through the cracks.