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4th-Oct-2013 07:18 pm
NOT SO FAST
A few nights ago, I had a dream that I watched Atlantis, the BBC's latest Saturday-night fantasy drama series. Having woken, I decided that this was obviously a sign and I should give Atlantis a try. (It's probably not a great idea to take advice from my dreams. Somebody stop me if I try to re-enact the one in which I piss Hitler off at a fancy dinner party.)

About a third of the way into the first episode of Atlantis, I had to pause and fire off a distressed e-mail to th_esaurus :


NO

ATLANTIS IS MERLIN IN ANCIENT GREECE WITH TIME TRAVEL

(THE MAIN CHARACTER LOSES HIS SHIRT FOUR MINUTES IN, IT IS DEFINITELY MERLIN)

I'M NOT EVEN HALFWAY THROUGH THE FIRST EPISODE

I LOVE IT ALREADY

I'M EVEN 'SHIPPING SOMETHING

NO

THIS IS A DISASTER



Then I finished the episode and spent half an hour looking through Atlantis GIFs on Tumblr and shouting 'NO' at myself.

There's only been one episode, so I suppose things could change, but I can say this much for now: if you liked Merlin, you will probably like Atlantis. If you hated Merlin but nevertheless derived a strange sense of enjoyment from watching it, you will probably hate-love Atlantis as well.

If you haven't watched Merlin and therefore can't use that as a basis, here's a second 'Is Atlantis For Me?' test: if you are looking for high-quality drama, stay away. If you're looking for something ridiculous about a modern-day young man being thrown into Ancient Greece (a turn of events he inexplicably accepts within about five seconds) and developing a gratuitously homoerotic friendship with Pythagoras, I don't know why you're not watching it right now. It's available on BBC iPlayer if you're in the UK.

I think it has very strong potential to be the next big fandom thing.
Comments 
5th-Oct-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
My brain skipped part of the first sentence of this and I thought it was about Stargate: Atlantis for a while into my reading the rest. Needless to say, I was rather confused, and then realized...oh. Oops. NOW IT MAKES SENSE.

"in which I piss Hitler off at a fancy dinner party"

Okay, I'm curious how that one went!
5th-Oct-2013 08:33 am (UTC)
...ahahaha. I've only seen one episode of Stargate: Atlantis, but I've seen a fair few of Stargate: SG-1, and the BBC's Atlantis is a very different creature.

I was walking past Hitler, and I think I passed too close to his chair? I realised slightly too late that it was Hitler I was practically stepping over and perhaps this was a bad idea. I made for the door, and I was almost there, and I thought I'd got away with it, but THEN THERE WAS A STERN SHOUT AND HITLER'S GUARDS DRAGGED ME BEFORE HIM AND HITLER CASTIGATED ME FOR MY LACK OF MANNERS AND I HAD TO APOLOGISE. It was incredibly nerve-wracking.

When I woke up and told my mum about my dream, she told me off for apologising. She says I should have killed Hitler instead. Alas, dream-Hitler lives to continue his reign of terror, and it's all my fault.
5th-Oct-2013 08:47 am (UTC)
I'd thought the dream would involve you doing something unintentionally rude and apologizing.
5th-Oct-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
I also want to know how things went when you pissed off Hitler at a fancy dinner party.

And I tend to avoid reenacting dreams for obvious reasons, but I bought a loom due to a dream, so you're probably being more reasonable on that front.

I'm undecided on Atlantis. It's kind of fun, but I'm currently in a state of not bothering much with TV. I've got multiple shows piling up on iTunes, and the only thing I watch with anything close to regularity is Serangoon Road. If I get into a more TV-watching phase, I may give it a chance.
5th-Oct-2013 08:38 am (UTC)
The Hitler-dinner-party story is here! (Ha, what dream inspired you to buy a loom?)

I'm undecided on Atlantis. It's kind of fun, but I'm currently in a state of not bothering much with TV.

That's fair enough! I was actually in a not-very-live-action-televisiony phase when I saw Atlantis, so I really wasn't expecting it to grab me in the way it did. It's certainly not the sort of thing I can wholeheartedly recommend to everyone, though; it falls into the 'oh God, this is ridiculous, why do I love it' category of Merlin and High School Musical.

Edited at 2013-10-05 08:42 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2013 08:48 am (UTC)
Give it a few weeks, and I may get sucked in. I'm still procrastinating on things that are actually good. (Although I'm getting surprisingly into Serangoon Road, which no one else is even able to watch.)
5th-Oct-2013 09:09 am (UTC)
(Knowing nothing about Serangoon Road beyond the title, I'm envisioning it as the Singaporean version of Waterloo Road.)
5th-Oct-2013 09:44 am (UTC)
Is Waterloo Road full of spies, criminal gangs, murder, riots, and terrorist bombings? Because if so, maybe.
5th-Oct-2013 07:53 am (UTC)
I mean it is SO BAD but also SO GREAT!!!! help me
5th-Oct-2013 07:55 am (UTC)
YOU INFLICTED MERLIN UPON ME; IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT YOU SHOULD FALL VICTIM TO ATLANTIS.
5th-Oct-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
I WAS LOST THE MOMENT THE MEET CUTE "OH I'VE FALLEN ON TOP OF YOU THROUGH A WINDOW" MOMENT DIDN'T END IN A SCREECHING HALT OF "NO HOMO BRO!!!!!!!"
5th-Oct-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
Wait, what??? This is a thing? Atlantis is an actual show on the BBC?!

I need to watch it. I missed out on Merlin, but I won't miss out on this (mythology/fables/fairy tales is/are my weakness)
5th-Oct-2013 09:06 am (UTC)
THERE'S MYTHOLOGY ALL OVER THE PLACE IN ATLANTIS. Enjoy!
5th-Oct-2013 09:16 am (UTC)
I'M ALREADY EXCITED :D
5th-Oct-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
I just finished watching it now on iPlayer

PYTHAGARUS. HERCULES (or Heracles which would be more accurate for Ancient Greece if I'm right?). THE MINATOR. I JUST.

I CANT, RIONA. I CANT. I LOVE THIS SHOW ALREADY. ITLL BE LIKE A MYTHICAL WATERLOO ROAD IN TERMS OF SO AWFUL/CHEESY THAT I LOVE IT.

Yeah, I kinda caps locked there for a while. Sorry.
5th-Oct-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
CAPITAL LETTERS ARE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE HERE. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Although I'm not surprised, because our tastes are so similar that I'm beginning to suspect we're the same person. It's so charmingly ridiculous!

Heracles would indeed be more accurate for Ancient Greece! Although Atlantis does not seem tremendously concerned with accuracy. The Roman name generally seems more popular, so I can understand why they went with it; almost everyone has heard of Hercules, but some viewers might not have realised who he was if he'd introduced himself as Heracles.
5th-Oct-2013 11:10 am (UTC)
I quite enjoyed the first episode! Greek mythology cheese with CGI monsters? I AM THERE!
5th-Oct-2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Hee, you do have a bit of a taste for daft historical drama, don't you? I'm glad you enjoyed it!

(The Guardian's incredibly accurate description of Atlantis, incidentally: It's as if you've crammed all night for a classics exam and fallen asleep in the test, muddling the stories into a caffeine-tableted soap opera dream.)

Edited at 2013-10-05 11:56 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
I was into Hercules and Xena ;)

Have you tried Sleepy Hollow, by the way? It's also enjoyable but with added creepy monster action.
5th-Oct-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
The Guardian Guide preview of ep 2 of Atlantis today is basically: 'This series has fanfic already! So it must be good' *g*
5th-Oct-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
I have totally fallen for the ridiculous charm of Atlantis. I love the way the guy who writes this stuff has clearly decided that more-or-less-coherent-myth (a la Merlin) is too limiting and has instead opted for THROW ALL THE GREEK/ANCIENT WORLD STUFF AT THE SCREEN. PLUS ATTACK TIGERS. BECAUSE. *g* I think he thinks in a fannish way *g* Also, slash-bait liek whoa. It's all good.
6th-Oct-2013 07:25 am (UTC)
It's incredibly delightful! (I noticed your name in the AO3 fanfiction section! I'm not yet at the reading-fic stage, but it made me smile to see you there.)

The Guardian Guide preview of ep 2 of Atlantis today is basically: 'This series has fanfic already! So it must be good' *g*

Ahahaha, oh God, really? Would it be possible to type that bit up?
10th-Oct-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeeah I'm shipping like crazy >.>
11th-Oct-2013 07:11 am (UTC)
It's so hard not to! It doesn't help that the BBC 'ships it twice as hard as we do.
11th-Oct-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh my god I can't even

11th-Oct-2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Having considered this, and bearing in mind that we should support our beloved BBC, I think it only fair that we ship like crazy.
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