Review – Black Knight : The Man Who Guards Me
This show started off unsteady, but by episode four I was totally hooked and in love. Why? Cause the villains of this show were so mesmerizing!
Without any spoilers , the plot is simple: It’s a super sweet love story between a rich business man and a woman who works for a travel agency. They’re childhood sweethearts who are reunited as adults, and clearly meant to be together. Unfortunately, there’s a beautiful witch who wants to break this couple apart and have the handsome man all to herself.
I admit, I was charmed by the cuteness of the main couple, but it was the devious witch dressmaker with her eerie pale shop and colorful assistant that won me over completely! It’s quite possibly the best, weirdest work environment of all time… it’s like a David Lynch dream of stark interiors and bright, bizarre characters.
If you aren’t sure whether or not this odd little show is for you… let me explain one particular scene. At one point in the show, the fashion designer witch and her colorful assistant perform a modern dance in their studio. There is basically no context for this dance sequence… it just happens. And it’s not short either, it’s a full dance sequence… with no preamble explanation and no dialogue at the end. They just start dancing together… as if this is a normal day at work. If you’re thinking to yourself “How cool! What’s happening?” then you will enjoy this show. If you’re thinking, “That’s too weird for me” then don’t bother with Black Knight.
I used to have a link to the full dance sequence on Youtube, but it was sadly deleted. Instead… here’s just a random gif of the assistant skipping off as if he’s living in a permanent modern ballet show and not reality… which maybe he is…
If the witches and the dancing aren’t enough to entice you, let me point out another cool variation to the norm that Black Knight provides: The jumps through time! We get lots of flashbacks of the two immortal ladies in various decades, fully decked out in the latest fashions. It’s the one thing I am usually disappointed with in other shows that deal with time travel, the lack of “inbetween” years. Not Black Knight, though! We get plenty of glimpses through the two hundred years these ladies have roamed the earth. Between the time jumps, the atmospheric sets, the location shooting, the sickeningly sweet romance, and the calm deviousness of our witch made Black Knight awesome. It’s a surrealist fairy tale for grown ups.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Hell Hath No Fury Like A Witchy Woman Scorned.
More about the actual plot – with SPOILERS galore – follows…