‘Cursed’ Season 1 Review – Netflix’s Feminist Take on Arthurian Legend Is Wildly Weird

Netflix, after its fantasy drama ‘The Witcher’, has successfully given the audience another Game of Thrones fix in the form of ‘Cursed’. The show is based on the graphic novel of the same name authored by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. The show is created by the duo as well and stars Katherine Langdon as Nimue, in the main lead. You must know Katherine from her previous hit Netflix show, ‘13 Reasons Why’. ‘Cursed’ season 1 released on July 17, 2020, and had a total of 10 episodes.

There are mixed reviews for the show but overall, the series has successfully grabbed the attention of the audience on a large scale. Before telling you what we think about the show, let us give you a brief recap!


Cursed Season 1 Plot

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Arthurian legend has been one of the greatest and most talked about legends of all time in western culture. The chivalry of King Arthur is widely known and appreciated. Though the stories sometimes deviate from its original storyline – like King Arthur was an orphan or a magician – more or less, the base of King Arthur’s legend remains the same.

It is the grand plot that King Arthur extracted his legendary sword, Excalibur, from an anvil sitting atop a stone. However, ‘Cursed’ brings a feminist twist to the plot. It is not Arthur who first possesses the sword, but it is Nimue, Lady of Lake, who delivers the sword to Arthur.

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Nimue is a young woman with supernatural and mystical powers. She is the one who is destined to hand over Arthur his legacy and help him find Merlin. The Fey enchantress is initially timid and scared of her powers and also of the people who consider her as an outcast. Although, through the course of her adventurous journey, she accepts her strength and embraces them completely.

She is determined to save the Fey people from their enemies, Red Paladins. She believes that she is supposed to deliver Excalibur to Merlin but during the following episodes, it is revealed that Nimue has developed romantic feelings for Arthur.

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By the end of the season, we find the empowered Nimue making the hard decision of surrendering to King Uther to save the Feys. Cumber backstabs Merlin and Merlin find out about it. Merlin discovers that Cumber will betray him so he decides to expose him. But, before he could do that, he is attacked by assassins of Ruben. Cumber tries to make a deal with the Church and asks for Nimue in exchange for the sword.

It is Morgana who rescues Nimue while a deadly battle is ignited between the Red Paladins and the Feys. Nimue and Morgana rescue Merlin but Nimue faces a deadly fate shortly afterward. She is attacked by the Iris and in the fight, she falls down a waterfall. Merlin goes rogue after assuming Nimue to be dead and unleashes his wrath on the Iris and the Paladins.


Cursed Season 1 Review

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Cursed season 1 has garnered a mixed review from the audience. On the positive side, the mythical characters on the show have a very fresh approach. For example, Merlin is not depicted as any old crooked man wearing a pointed hat but is played by Gustad Skarsgard, who makes the character incredibly cool.

The magical beings on the show are very creative and weirdly amusing (for example, the horse that can understand you). The graphics are one of the major highlights of the show. Unlike most of the shows recently, you can see, quite clearly, what’s happening during a fight even during the night!

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Katherine is originally Australian so it is a little weird to hear her speak in a British accent but she does a convincing job. Her character is always on the run and she makes some really questionable decisions through the series and that can trigger the audience every now and then. But overall, the show is a great pick for a binge-watch (especially if you are a GOT fanatic) and we believe Cursed season 2 will return most probably in 2022.

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