We used to love coming to Medieval Times.. always such a good time whether your knight wins or loses, but the new story plot has completely changed our minds & we won't be coming back unless it changes again. A few other disappointing aspects to this visit, as well, so I'll get to that first. It's been a few years since we last came to medieval times (Schaumburg) & wanted to come back when our children were old enough to understand the story- our kids are 5, 7 & 8 now. So, let me get to the little things first. The Menu: They took out the spare rib & replaced it with corn- boo! Secondly, they replaced the apple pastry with lemon pound cake- yuck! After they brought out the cake, my daughter asked "where's the dessert?", to which I replied,"that was it", & my daughter then replied with a quivering "Whhhhaaattt???". Not a very kid-friendly dessert, at all. They could have replaced it with something chocolaty, at least! Next, The Service: our wench was completely out of character. She didn't care whatsoever, so it was discouraging for us audience members that wanted to get into character & play along, especially for the sake of our children. Now, to the worst part: The Show. *Warning: spoilers ahead* The old show consisted of a threat, a dark knight (black knight as they called him) & the goal was to eventually eliminate him, once a victor knight rises through competition, challenges & such. With the new storyline, a queen has now taken the throne, & to that, I was wondering if it was going to be a message of being "politically correct," & sadly, it was. Mind you, I'm a female writing this, but am so sick & tired of this being shoved down our throats-- & yes, this storyline went there. This is where the storyline brings all your excitement crashing down & leaves you utterly disappointed, empty & cheated, especially if your knight is the one chosen to carry out the "bad guy" storyline. I couldn't believe it as it was unfolding before my eyes, but instead of demonizing a knight like the black knight, as in the old storyline, (one who had no audience cheering section), the new story demonizes one of the knights of the realm- in our case, our own red & yellow knight, by having him defy & insult the queen because she's a woman on the throne (see what I mean by "yes, this storyline went there") & his comments stated such. Moreover, he is portrayed as a knight who wants to kill all those he defeats, instead of merely injuring them- evil, right?. Our knight *was* coming out victorious, until we were surprised by this twist toward the end, in which you sadly discover that the knight you've been cheering on all along is actually the "bad guy" of the story, who now has to be eliminated by the remaining "good guy" knight to restore peace & honor to the kingdom. What a let down! Who the heck thought this was a good idea?!?! My 5 & 7 year olds were crying at the end of the show, saying "mommy, we were the bad guys!". How is a parent supposed to respond to that? We even bought red & yellow flags ($5 a piece...) My kids never want to come back again! Why did they eliminate the black knight? That was the only "unifying aspect" of the audience as a whole, because even if your knight doesn't win, audience members can still cheer on & rally around the knight who fights against the black knight, since he is the bad guy who wants to bring down the kingdom, after all. So, at least, with the old storyline, you can leave with some kind of satisfaction. With the new one... well, just hope that your knight is not the one who is revealed as the bad guy in the end.... Very poor story writing & nothing in the new story keeps you enticed & on the edge of your seat as the old one did.
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