Arthurian legend is a conglomeration of stories told throughout the ages. Each new age/territory brings with it new takes on this popular legend. The wizard/prophet "Merlin" has a different historical name & plays a different role in each story he is mentioned in. The BBC TV series 'Merlin' adds its original take on the Arthurian legend for the modern age & follows a tradition by building upon the Arthurian legend for our time & for history. Thank you Merlin!
When Merlin falls into Morgana's hands, he becomes a deadly weapon in her fight for supremacy, as the magical drama continues. Using ancient magic, she pits friend against friend and creates the perfect assassin. An oblivious Arthur is in great danger. Will anyone notice Merlin's unusual behaviour before he does the King some serious harm?
Colin Morgan plays Merlin and Katie McGrath plays Morgana. Merlin also stars Bradley James as Arthur, Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Nathaniel Parker as Agravaine, John Hurt as the voice of The Dragon, Tom Hopper as Sir Percival, Eoin Macken as Sir Gwaine, Adetomiwa Edun as Sir Elyan and Rupert Young as Sir Leon.
Photos from Series 4 Episode 6 "A Servant of Two Masters" 3 photos below from farfarawaysite.com
Merlin Series 4 Episode 6 "A Servant of Two Masters" Teasers:
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4. “Fomorroh will suck the life force out of you. Everything that makes you Merlin will be gone”
7. Gwen knocks out Merlin. Twice
8. Sir Leon is happy for Merlin to kill Arthur
9. Merlin prepares a steamy hot bath for Arthur
10. Gaius and Gwen catch Arthur naked
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2. Merlin becomes most irritated when Gwen prepares lunch for Arthur. 4. Agravaine's luck may be about to run out... 6. Arthur gets a new man-servant. 9. "Are you going to get dressed?!" 10. Arthur is forced to cover his modesty with a pillow.
1. Arthur tells Merlin what he really thinks of him.
2. “If I die will you call me a hero?”
8. Gwen (and her heaving bosom) sees Arthur in a compromising situation while Merlin hides behind a curtain.
9. Morgana is terrified of a vision she has – her doom has come right to her door.
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For the first time since his coronation, Arthur finds out what it's really like to be King, as the magical drama continues.
Arthur faces his first true test as King when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis.
With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.
Lindsay Duncan guest stars as Queen Annis, while Colin Morgan plays Merlin, Bradley James plays Arthur, Anthony Head plays Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson plays Gaius, Katie McGrath plays Morgana, Angel Coulby plays Gwen, Nathaniel Parker plays Agravaine, Santiago Cabrera plays Sir Lancelot, Tom Hopper plays Sir Percival, Eoin Macken plays Sir Gwaine, Adetomiwa Edun plays Sir Elyan, Rupert Young plays Sir Leon and John Hurt is the voice of The Dragon.
MERLIN star is heading to Brisbane for Supanova. Source: Supplied
IT doesn't get any better than this for Queensland fans of the fantasy TV series Merlin.
They have rejoiced with the news a fifth season has been commissioned; and that there is talk of a feature film spin-off; but now they are beside themselves with word that the star of the show will be live among them in Brisbane next month.
Colin Morgan who plays Merlin is heading Down Under for pop-culture expo Supanova which runs from November 4 to 6 at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds.
"This will be my very first time to Australia," the Northern Ireland-raised actor told couriermail.com.au this week. "So all doors are open as to what's best to do there - hopefully I'll be living it up!
"Time permitting I hope to get down to the (Gold) Coast; that would be brilliant."
It will only be a short trip before he heads off to the US for promotional work ahead of preparing for filming of season five of Merlin which has become a worldwide hit. (Season four is currently showing on Sunday nights on Ten).
Show co-creators Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps recently revealed a Merlin feature film was "in discussions", but Morgan is as much in the dark about it as fans.
Supanova, November 4-6, Brisbane RNA Showgrounds. Tickets: foxtix.com.au
My absolute favorite scene from the 3rd episode [Series4] "The Wicked Day," directed by Alice Troughton
Merlin sits slumped as if asleep, but his eyes are open. He sits completely still as he watches Arthur’s shadow fully form on the sunlit wall after the door is opened. Merlin makes no move to look at him until Arthur says his name.
It was Director Alice Troughton & Cinematographer Dale McCready's idea to have Merlin keep his eyes open, but look asleep to Arthur, & not move till Arthur says his name. In much of Arthurian Legend, Arthur is associated with Apollo the Sun God. It was important to Alice Troughton that Arthur represent the Apollonian Arthur in this scene. So her & Dale McCready worked together to make that apparent with lighting, timing, Colin Morgan (Merlin) & Bradley James (Arthur). She says that on the whole, it was "a read team effort," & they were pleased with the outcome. It was also important to convey, not just through Arthur's line, that "it's a new day." In more ways than one, this new day brings a new king, & Arthur finally takes his rightful place in 'Destiny,' previously described in "Merlin" as a new world called "Albion." Though Albion may not have formed quite yet, this is a major marker on the path to getting there.
In my own interpretation of this scene, the fact that Merlin's eyes are open where Arthur can not see them represents the knowledge Merlin has About Arthur's destiny which Arthur is unaware of. Merlin can see Arthur's figure come through the door by means of Arthur's shadow, but Arthur doesn't know Merlin is awake. I feel that the shadow to Merlin represents all that Arthur is, and can be; now that Uther is dead. Merlin doesn't know if he will see the Arthur he hopes for when he turns to look at him. He lingers on the shadow not only because he feels guilty for his part in Uther's death and doesn't want to face Arthur, but also because the shadow seems to represent what Merlin sees in Arthur, a figure in destiny more important than Arthur himself may even know. The grand entrance of the shadow projects a simple and familiar silhouette, yet expresses the nexus of Arthur, the sun, and all they represent. Turning to look at Arthur was thus doubly significant since Merlin seemed to have to tear himself away from the auspicious shadow at the same time it was hard to face Arthur; you can feel the super-charged dichotomy in his physiology [nice work Colin Morgan]. The new day brings with it a new Arthur and a new beginning; Arthur watches Merlin for a moment after exiting a room which represents the past. He does not have to search at all for what the future will hold, for Merlin is already there in front of him, guiding him into it. "Merlin," and Merlin finally, apprehensively tuns to face Arthur; the future of Camelot has begun. Alice Troughton said that it was actually Colin Morgan who first spotted the shadow on the wall, I'm glad he did because it seems it was an integral part of what her and Dale McCready were trying to accomplish! They did it!
The mysterious Julius Borden arrives in Camelot with news of a magical secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom for ever, as the fantasy drama continues. He has located the final part of the key to the tomb of Ashkanar – an ancient mausoleum which holds a very special treasure: the last remaining dragon's egg.
Merlin is understandably drawn in by Borden's news and promises to help him. But just who is this enigmatic stranger and, more importantly, what does he really want with the egg?
Merlin is played by Colin Morgan and Julius Borden by James Callis. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
James Callis and Lindsay Duncan have signed up for guest roles on Merlin. The pair will both appear in the fantasy drama's upcoming fourth series, it was recently confirmed at a special BFI screening.
Duncan will play the character of Queen Annis in the fourth episode. The actress has previously appeared in Doctor Who special 'The Waters of Mars', HBO and BBC co-production Rome and Tim Burton's 2010 film version of Alice in Wonderland.
Battlestar Galactica's Callis will feature in the fifth episode as Borden, an old pupil of Gaius (Richard Wilson).
Merlin finds himself on top of Arthur…whilst he’s in bed
Arthur is getting concerned about Merlin’s mental well-being
Merlin gets knocked out
Arthur and the knights may love Merlin’s grub, but they should be careful what they eat
The Druids make an appearance, along with Iseldir
by MerlinOfficial on Twitter: ARTHUR What on earth are you doing? MERLIN Looking for woodworm. ARTHUR Before breakfast! MERLIN That's when the worms are most active.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oddly enough, James Callis has also played “Merlin” in “Merlin & the Book of Beasts” which incidentally I DO NOT recommend, Merlin fans.
Oddly enough again, he has also played a man named Dr. Gaius Baltar in “Battle Star Galactica” which I am a fan of and DO recommend esp. if you love Sci-fi.
James Callis(photo from farfarawaysite.com)
James Callis as "Merlin" from "Merlin & the Book of Beasts"
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar from the T.V. series "Battle Star Galactica"