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!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
My own Review of Merlin S4 E1 (only spoilery if U haven't seen it)
Merlin Series 4 Episode 1 "The Darkest Hour" Review by a Die-Hard Fan (me):
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I agree with a friend who called Merlin Series 4 "angsty," I think it has mostly to do with Merlin's surprising lack of optimism. I was quite taken aback by the emotional effect the Daraka had on Merlin, probably because we are so used to seeing him find a solution fairly quickly. In the past when Merlin seems to 'hit rock bottom' ie. Arthur is shot with an arrow, or Merlin smashes the vile of Avalon-water; a solution appears within a couple of minutes "deus ex machina" (a mysterious man heals Arthur & takes Merlin 2 Crystal Cave; Freya appears in reflection of pooled water to tell him what to do.) This time however, Merlin is left hanging so long after he realizes he has no powers; so we too are left hanging and it's agonizing to see Merlin like this! We (at least I) can't handle Merlin being in this hopeless state for such a long time because he is usually the one to make hopeful remarks in the face of some unbeatable foe or situation! Not only that, but what happens to Merlin at the end of the episode was traumatizing for me to say the least!! I was already depressed because of the state Merlin was in, & when that happened at the end, I actually cried...