Quick little Netflix review here. I stumbled upon this show a week or so ago, and I was instantly hooked. It’s called Myths & Monsters, but it’s less about the myth and more about the history behind it. I was utterly fascinated by the societal and cultural underpinnings that helped shape the stories, and the correlations you can draw to the modern day. Ever wonder how the story of Robin Hood came about? Or just how exactly Grimm’s fairy tales had so much damn tragedy in it? This show will tell you.
It’s only 6 episodes, which is not enough for someone like me. I need at least 20 more. It’s all done by British people, too, so you know it’s legit. I’m hoping I can find books on tape with the narrator’s voice, because I want that voice in my head as I drift off to sleep. I also love seeing the historians get wrapped up in the subject matter. For me, there’s nothing like a good story, and when someone with a genuine appreciation of it is telling it, I’m enthralled. I can’t remember her name, but the professor from Cardiff is by far my favorite. She’s so knowledgeable, but also able to condense it into a form that’s easier to understand for some without a doctorate in history.
Another thing that stands out is the artwork. It’s a blend of actual paintings and drawings with CGI elements that make it seem like the picture is alive. It can make for a beautiful landscape or a terrifying portrayal of a medieval monster. The pictures of Spring-heeled Jack are mesmerizing, and really bring the story to life once you find out the reason for his origins. Then you get amazing live action shots of countryside and historic buildings that go along with the story.
In the middle of all this, the narrator weaves a folk tale about whatever the episode’s subject matter is. You get stories of war, love, revolution, betrayal, etc. There’s stories I’ve never heard, but was nonetheless captivated by because of the artwork and voiceover. How in the hell can I watch more of it? If you know, please tell me. Do we get another season? Is it on tv right now? I need more history damn it!!