K is for Klaus the Goldfish and King Arthur


Stan Smith: [watching games shows] This is what Roger does? He just sits here and watches this crap all day? What am I missing?
Klaus: An elevated blood-alcohol content.

How does one describe Klaus Heisler. As an ex West German skier whose brainwaves have been transplanted into the body of the Smith family’s pet goldfish by the CIA, to prevent him winning the gold medal for perfecting the killer flippity flop ski move. Oh yes, welcome to the Seth McFarlane world of American Dad. Yes, I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but if you don’t want to be PC for half an hour then this is your place to be.

He craves a new and functional body and when he gets to steal Stan’s for a while he goes insane with it

Huge jokes are made at the fact the Klaus is German, a bit of racist, and set on revenge on the Smith’s as he is forced to live in a bowl, in the USA, with a CIA family, with a rather dense CIA man, two hippies, a nerd, a killer housewife and a drugged up alien in the attic. He doesn’t just hate them, he hates you all.


A great king of Britain or just a story? It has been long debated over King Arthur’s place in history and whether he truly existed and had links to places such as Tintagel, in Cornwall, and Glastonbury. Even if he was real or not, such a long enduring legend is fascinating to me and I have always loved the Arthurian tales. A British mythology that has influenced many works of fiction in all forms.

King Arthur, his knights of the Round Table and the great wizard, Merlin, have been a present in literature for centuries. From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) to Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Arthur has appeared in many forms and portrayals – Disney-fied in ‘The Sword in the stone’ as Walt, the young boy who is considered nothing until he is taken under the wing of Merlin and is able to pull the sword from the stone, making him King. Adapted by the BBC in its Saturday evening TV series Merlin, played by Bradley James through his early years as an obnoxious Prince to a great and compassionate King. Or as a Roman officer in the 2004 film King Arthur with an attempt at making a more ‘historically accurate’ version of the legend – certainly not one of my favourite adaptation.

But as much as I love and find the Arthurian legends fascinating, one of the first things I think of when I see or hear ‘King Arthur’ is the man ‘riding’ across the land accompanied by Patsy banging coconut halves together.

Guard: Who goes there?
King Arthur: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!
Guard: Pull the other one!
~ Monty Python and the Holy Grail


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