The reason I keep pounding on this point, despite several scenes explaining Nimue’s inexperience to excuse Langford’s unbelievably poor attempt at theatrical sword fighting, is that there are simply too many brilliant female fighters in genre entertainment for the choreography in these scenes to come across as glaringly amateurish.
Unlike “The Witcher,” which brought in A-list actor Henry Cavill, known primarily for his big screen work, “Cursed” casts a little closer to home. Nimue is played by Katherine Langford, known best for her turn as Hannah, the character who dies by suicide at the beginning of the “13 Reasons Why” franchise and yet somehow still stars in it for two full seasons.
There’s more: “Cursed” also introduces Arthur (Devon Terrell) as a mercenary with a heart of gold and Nimue’s declared protector, even though she declares she needs no protecting, a debatable point. Cursed” has the playing field to itself, and a message of girl power worthy of one of the longest surviving fantasy myths of our age.
The show ultimately fails its young female protagonist, who has all the cool promise of a sword-wielding heroine destined to lead her people to freedom. Instead, Nimue flounders in romance and absurd decision-making, with no real personality that lets her shine as the powerful enchantress she’s set up to be.
“Even if we aren’t telling you who these characters are, in some ways, their destiny’s already set,” said Miller. “We know what we’re aiming toward.” Terrell gained attention as Barack Obama in the Netflix film Barry, Person Woman Man Camera TV and he brings a fascinating depth to the “Once and Future King” Arthur in Cursed.