Saw it and loved it. They did an amazing job translating such a vast fantasy story to the small screen. It looked epic.
The changes they made were minimal and mainly to cover for the fact that they could not do characters internal monologues which are a huge part of the books. There was more nudity and sex than I remember in the books, but they were setting up the world and showing that this is not Lord of the Rings. Some people call it The Sopranos with Swords. I see it more like James Ellroy Meets King Arthur. Anyway, it was an excellent start. I’ll be interested to see how it’s received.
I’m getting in the mood for Game of Thrones which will premiere tonight on HBO. So I’ve been listening to Rick Wakeman’s great rock opera “King Arthur and the Nights of the Round Table.” If you haven’t heard it, it’s great stuff. Here’s the opening song. The whole CD tells the story of King Arthur in music. He also did albums about the Wives of King Henry V and Journey to the Center of the Earth. All are recommended if you like Progressive Rock.