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
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
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
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.