Primetime TV Review: “Cursed”

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“Cursed” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 7/25/20

This is a fantasy, sword-and-sorcery type of show. It reminds me of many other shows I’ve seen, which is not to say that it’s not enjoyable (even though it’s a bit derivative).

The series is based on a fantasy novel, which is loosely based on Arthurian legends. Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”) plays Nimue, a young woman who lives in a rural village. She and her mom, Lenore (Katherine Walker) have magical powers. Nimue is “chosen,” which her village disproves of because they think she’s a witch.

Nimue is destined to be a famous figure in Arthurian history, but during the series, she’s a scared and conflicted teen that tries to survive. She ends up meeting a young Arthur (Devon Terrell) when she and her friend Pym (Lily Newmark) are in the town (not among their own folks). Nimue desperately wants to leave and get away from her village, but terrible things happen.

We also see King Uther Pendragon (Sebastian Armesto) and his sorcerer, Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård). There’s a drought in the kingdom, so Merlin makes it rain…blood. There is some connection between him and Nimue. There is also an army of religious zealots called the red army that try to get rid of anyone with powers or from supernatural origin (such as fairies).

I’ve deliberately left out most of the spoilers, but you can read them in other reviews. Langford is great in the role, and if you like this type of fantasy, you should enjoy the show. Don’t expect great special effects or story that will astonish you. The menacing wolves in the first episode, for instance, look terrible. I don’t normally notice such things unless they’re really bad.


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Logline: 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.

Episodes: 10
Creators/Executive Producers: Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler are co-creators and executive producers of the series. Wheeler will write the companion bookCursed, which Miller will illustrate. Cursed will be published by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2019.


Devon Terrell (Barry), Gustaf Skarsgård (Westworld, Vikings), Daniel Sharman (Fear the Walking Dead, Medici), Peter Mullan (Ozark), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion), Shalom Brune-Franklin (The State, Our Girl), Sebastian Armesto (Poldark, Broadchurch), Emily Coates (Flack), Catherine Walker (Versailles, The Delinquent Season) and Billy Jenkins (The Crown, Holmes & Watson, Humans) join Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why, Love, Simon) in the cast of Cursed.

Zetna Fuentes (Ray Donovan, Jessica Jones, The Deuce, Shameless) will direct and serve as an executive producer on the first two episodes. The series is created and executive produced by Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots, The Cape) who is also showrunner and writer. Tom Wheeler will write the companion book Cursed, which Frank Miller will illustrate to be published by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2019. Alex Boden (Sense8, Cloud Atlas) is producer and Silenn Thomas is co-executive producer.

Cursed, based on the upcoming book of the same name, is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of the young woman who would become the Lady of the Lake. Cursed is a coming-of-age story with themes familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious zeal and oppression, senseless war and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.

The series will begin filming in March 2019 in England and Wales.

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