Merlin (2008)
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Merlin is a British drama about the magical knights and wizards. The show stars Merlin, the young wizard who is destined to help save the magic and the last great dragon in Camelot. Merlin must aid and protest the king’s son, Arthur, even though Arthur is ungrateful to Merlin. He must keep his magical powers a secrete as magic is banned or he’ll be unable to save the kingdom.

Available on networks: SyFy, NETFLIX

Categories: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Countries: UK
First Run: 2008-09-20
Runtime: 60 mins
Show Status: Ended
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WorldTVPC Rating: WorldTVPC Rating 4.0 (4.0)

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Cast & Characters
   Angel Coulby - Gwen (Guinevere)
   Anthony Stewart Head - King Uther Pendragon
   Bradley James (II) - Prince Arthur
   Colin Morgan - Merlin
   Katie McGrath - Morgana
   Richard Wilson (III) - Gaius
 

Review: Merlin

This series impressed me from the very beginning because of its historical tint and because of the magic. It is about a boy named Merlin who has the misfortune to be born with magical powers, in a time when magic is forbidden within the territory of Camelot. Under the protection of Gaus, the court's physician, Merlin tries to control his powers, and at the same time he tries to protect the future King of Camelot, Prince Arthur. Merlin is his servant, and this is his destiny, namely to ensure that Arthur overtakes the throne after the death of his father. As expected, Merlin has to defeat many enemies and often has to face extreme situations in which he must carefully use his powers in order to avoid being discovered. The funny part of the show is that everyone considers Merlin an idiot servant.
Merlin conceals his powers, his abilities and his magic skills from King Uther, father of Prince Arthur. His gift is exposed quite late in the show after he had saved the prince's life several times and acted like fool most of times so that he couldn't be discovered and burned by Uther.
This show transposes us in a completely different world from our own. When watching it, minutes pass like seconds; it absorbs you unconditionally. The actors manage to fully express the atmosphere of those times and the writers were careful to insert some jokes and funny situations into the script.

Verdict:
The series is remarkably well done, and Colin Morgan gorgeously plays the difficult role of the young wizard, Merlin. This is a must see TV series for LOTR and fantasy genre fans in general.

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