BBC Merlin: A Retrospective

(Originally published at Geeks Out)

This month marks the three year anniversary of the series finale of the BBC’s Merlin.  By no means is it an all-time favorite show and more than a few formulaic eps I could’ve done without. But the show had its charms and when it brought it’s A-game, the show delivered moments that were nothing short of magic. See what I did there?

All the same, I find myself plagued with all the feels. So much so that it’s forced me to break out into song.

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FEELINGS. WHY MUST I BE CURSED WITH ALL THESE FEELINGS, YEAH?

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One of the main reasons for the show’s success is the talented cast who fans found themselves often cheering for (Gwen), laughing at (Merlin and Arthur) or loved to hate because they were so deliciously naughty (Morgana).

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Character Study: Barbara Gordon

Dedicated to the late Yvonne Craig

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It’s a shame how much Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is perhaps one of the most underrated characters in comics and pop culture. Not surprising that many dismiss her as little more than a “female Robin” or a lesser spinoff character of the caped crusader.

But the astute observer will note that by being tied to the Batman mythos, Barbara Gordon has arguably made more appearances in mainstream media than any other comic book super heroine, including Wonder Woman, thus perhaps making Batgirl the most publicized comic book super heroine to date.

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Putting Faith To Purpose: An Origin Story

Originally published on The Nerds of Color

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A great visionary by the name of Cindi Mayweather once said, “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”

My name is Dennis R. Upkins. I’m a speculative fiction author who writes urban fantasy, YA, and superhero fantasy. Storytelling has always been my calling, but sometimes fate has to put you on the path. The key is to be astute when the signs present themselves.

It was two years ago and I had a homecoming of sorts as I was back in Atlanta for Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon. The con was a smashing success but that was to be expected. What wasn’t expected however was the revelation I would receive repeatedly throughout the weekend.

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