Ah, Merlin season five. The season that takes all of the cumulative storylines, character development, and drama built over five years and… takes a giant dragon sized dump all over it.
Have you been anticipating an awesome magic duel between arch nemesis Morgana and Merlin? Too bad. Been wondering what was going on with the white dragon? Keep wondering. Looking forward to the reveal that Merlin has magic and him finally stepping into his own as Arthur’s magic advisory? Sucks to be you. Remember how Merlin has been serving Arthur all of this time because Arthur was destined to bring about a golden age where magic could exist peacefully? Yeah that doesn’t happen.
As you’ve probably already guessed, this episode is a gigantic (but deserved) bitch session. We might not have done a podcast on this season if we hadn’t already done all of the previous seasons and if this hadn’t been the final season. We needed closure, even if the show didn’t provide it.
Merlin also known as The Adventures of Merlin is a British BBC One TV show that started in 2008. It was created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. As of this recording in May 2011 it has three television seasons with another slated for next autumn. The series was created to be a family drama that children to grandparents could enjoy together.
PLOT: Camelot has outlawed magic. Anyone seen practicing magic or helping someone practicing magic will be put to death by order of the king. No exceptions. Magical creatures are killed on sight, whether they are dangerous or not. The king even killed every dragon in the land save one, which he imprisoned below the castle to serve as an example to anyone who dares to defy the King.
Merlin is sent to Camelot by his mother to stay with the Camelot royal physician named Gaius. Through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate depending on who you ask) he comes to be the manservant of Prince Arthur. Now, he must use his powers in secret to help Prince Arthur become a great king someday, knowing that if he is ever found out to be magical he would be put to death.
OH My God. We must never talk this long again. It took me 7 hours to edit this episode. This episode covers only season 1-2 of Merlin. There are no spoilers for season 3 and onward. We might go back later and do another episode that covers season 3. This series has some problems, but I think its a fun ride and worth the effort of tracking down if you’re a fantasy fan. The first two episodes are a little rough, but the show continuously improves as it goes on.