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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Random Musings: Movies and a comic idea.

Okay, so the knowledge of a Nick Fury movie has sent me to the video store hunting for awful fantasy/comic related movies, and I was reminded of one I really liked at age 10. (Sadly they didn't have it.)

It was called Doctor Mordrid and I remember it being about a sorcerer, some female cop, and an evil sorcerer and culminating in dinosaur skeletons coming alive and battling.

I don't remember much but I loved it at age 10 or so. I heard somewhere that it was supposed to be Doctor Strange but they couldn't get the rights. Oh well, it was a lot of fun.

I figure I'd probably gotten it because of the name. I'd always found Mordred the most interesting Camelot figure (though I don't have the knowledge base Ragnell does), and thought he never got a fair shake.

I've also got a very strong interest in family ties, so naturally Arthur's bastard with his sister particularly fascinated me. The poor kid was screwed because of his birth and never really got a fair shake.

It occurred to me though, the movie would have been so much more awesome if that *were* Mordred.

Think about it. Mordred, Arthur's bastard, one of the key components of the fall of Camelot as a modern day sorcerer. Think of the fun: huge magic battles, kickass fight scenes, cute and naive apprentice-types, and naturally angsty flashbacks to the fall of Camelot.

Morgan, as his mom, would naturally be more sympathetic than she tends to be in the stories. But it'd be an interesting challenge to retell the fall and try to keep every character sympathetic.

Except Merlin. I never trusted that guy. He was Machiavellian and manipulative.

I'd want to make Merlin a major bad guy, actually.

There's already fun potential for minor characters. Morgan LeFay could live up to her name and be the ruler of some sort of hidden fairy kingdom, as a stylish femme fatale type who lives to tease and annoy her son.

I like the idea of maybe bringing in a character like Nimue too to be the devious, not-quite trustworthy ex-girlfriend for loads of sexual tension.

Oh and naturally, there'll need to be a former apprentice-gone-dark side to be an opposite adversary of both him and his apprentice. It's a little cliche but sometimes cliches are fun.

I think the apprentice should be female too. Less for the romance aspect and more for the comedic cultural more aspects.

i.e: "Oh, honestly Mordred, you've gotten stingy in your old age. The poor thing can't even afford a proper dress! Even that shameless bitch Guinevere never went about so unclad!"

This is an idea I could have a lot of fun with. :-)


  • At June 04, 2006 2:32 AM, Blogger Ragnell said…

    I still prefer Other Sister Morgause (Gawain's mom, who is a lot like Blanche Devereaux and most likely to innocently sleep with a long-lost much younger brother as long as she was unaware of who he was) as Mordred's mother as opposed to Morgan (who knows Arthur, and is therefore usually villified for it).

    But aside from that, sounds very cool.

  • At June 04, 2006 2:36 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Hmm, I see what you mean. Though I think if it were a comic, it'd be probably wiser with the more commonly known interpretation for that kind of stuff. We can make characters more sympathetic and change motivations, but we'd probably want to keep the basic skeleton structure most similar to the layman understanding.

    Though as it's a comic book, there'd be many plausible reasons for them to sleep together accidently. Amnesia, mind control spells, mistaken identity. Lots of ways to keep both sympathetic.

  • At June 04, 2006 3:37 AM, Blogger Diamondrock said…

    Speaking of King Arthur, you should see the anime Fate/Stay Night sometime. It's really weird.

    There's this deal with warriors summoned from history and the main one is this woman that everyone *swears* is King Arthur. Nobody ever addresses how exactly this woman is King Arthur or why nobody noticed that the *king* was a girl. It's weird as hell and incredibly awesome.

    Oh, and we see Mordred in flashbacks, too. He's a chick as well...

  • At June 04, 2006 3:38 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Huh, anime's weird sometimes, still...sounds like fun.

  • At June 04, 2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Steven said…

    Have you read Camelot 3000? As the name implies, it's a cross between King Arthur and the Legion of Superheroes. Not quite told from Mordred's point of view, but it does feature Sir Tristan being reincarnated as a woman and having a lesbian love affair with Isolde. (what, Lesbians in comics books? In 1982? huh wha?)

    Oh, and about Merlin being a bastard?

    root : [Middle English wisard : wise, wise; see wise1 + -ard, pejorative suff.; see –ard.]

    Basically, "wizard" is a combination of "wise" and "bastard," which pretty much describes Merlin to a T.

    In fact, all Middle English words ending in "ard" are pejorative, including drunkard, coward, bastard, Spaniard...

  • At June 04, 2006 1:00 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I remember liking it well enough. :-) Wanted to slap Tristan though. It's not that bad being a woman, dick. :-)

  • At June 04, 2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Ragnell said…

    Man, you beat me to the punch on Tristan. That character is why I hated that maxiseries.

    Of coruse, it helps that I disliked him in Mallory's story, and in the Vulgate, and in the original Celtic fairytale that had nothing to do with King Arthur.

    I love Gerald Morris' "The Ballad of Sir Dinadin" though, since Tristan comes off as the ass he is.

  • At June 04, 2006 6:55 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    :-) It's such a shame because I do like the name. Just hate the character.

  • At June 04, 2006 8:52 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    But, uh, wasn't that the point? Tristan's a dick, but he/she learns her lesson and revels in her womanhood in the end?

    It doesn't work if she's not a dick.

  • At June 04, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    *shrug* I suppose. Doesn't mean I have to like her though. :-P

  • At June 04, 2006 11:31 PM, Blogger Ragnell said…

    I didn't see her revelling in her womanhood at the end. I saw her resigned to it only as long as Iseult was okay with being a lesbian.

    It wasn't a joy to be a woman, it was a curse that she could live with so long as she had her love.

  • At January 03, 2007 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should read the Avalon series by Marrion Zimmer Bradley. They are almost excatly what you are looking for. ^^ Have fun. ^^ Though they stay mainly in medieval times.


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