Cursed Season 1 Netflix Review

Cursed Season 1

Starring: Katherin Langford, Gustaf Skarsgard, Devon Terrell

Streaming on: Netflix

The story of Cursed

Based on the upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.

Cursed and not at all charming 

Whilst it is an undoubtedly diverse cast of characters, it is not the most interesting retelling. The focus may be on the mystical fae vs the usual boys with swords. However-despite our lead protagonist being Nimue, it feels like we’re focused more on the men in the story. The characters feel painfully one-dimensional- Merlin who is the only real interesting character is mostly drunk, but operating behind everyone’s back and dealing with dark forces. Which is always fun! Arthur is hot, however, he is not the noble just character we’ve come to know, he may be yet to grow that honorable backbone, but for now, he’s out for himself.

Gustaf Skarsgard as Merlin COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

Nimue, despite clearly being the focus of this series just feels at times completely shoved aside, in need of constant rescue and not the focus at all, but a vehicle for everyone else’s stories. Whilst Katherin Langford continues to be a popular leading lady she doesn’t bring anything dynamic to the role of Niume. Whether that is through the earlier mentioned lackluster character or the situations we’ve seen her in so far, I don’t know. It feels a lot like she is just playing the role of the unhappy hero. How many unhappy heroes have we met before?

A strange choice of transition

Whilst the sets are impressive and we are seeing some lovely landscapes, the CGI in places can be a bit lacking. Nimue’s nature connection is visually, pretty interesting, but sometimes it all feels a little low budget. The illustrated transitions between some scenes are particularly jarring. They feel highly out of place and a bizarre choice for progressing the episodes.

CURSED (L TO R) KATHERINE LANGFORD as NIMUE in episode 104 of CURSED Cr. Netflix © 2020

Thoughts overall

Cursed certainly feels like it is suffering from how much it has been dragged out into a 10 episode first season. There is very little actually taking place for that amount of time. It’s almost from the get-go alluding to the major action coming in the second season, but I am not convinced there is enough in this season to keep me on board for a second one. 

Cursed is not bringing anything new to the table and you would be better just watching the Sword in The Stone. This is no medieval epic, it may be riding on the success of Netflix’s The Witcher, but it really does not measure up.

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