Friday, October 26, 2012

BBC's Merlin

It seems like TV is now filled with new fantasy and sci fi series. But there is one series not much very often mention and has been airing the last few years. The series airs on the BBC and on the SyFy channel in the states.

Colin Morgan as Merlin

Merlin is a retelling of a younger Merlin. From the BBC America site:

“Merlin” is a drama series which updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience.

The mythical city of Camelot is a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. It’s a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.

When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom. He quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther’s crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther’s wise physician,Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive, but also to unlock Camelot’s mystical secrets. As he does so, he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom’s young leader in waiting, Arthur are inextricably linked.

Starring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen, Merlin is an imaginative and enthralling new twist on a legend that is as old as time. 

While it is kidish at times I enjoy a non-confident version of Merlin growing into more mature wizard I knew from my childhood. The irony of the series: magic is outlawed and he risks his life every time he uses his powers. He hides behind a veil of a joker in front of everyone except for those he trusts. the secrets he carries can destroy everything he loves but he continues down the path of his 'destiny'. I'm not a fan of destiny but it's hard not to think destiny with the legends. And in some ways this adds inner conflict to Merlin timid personality in the beginning.

No more of my rambling in case of a spoiler. There are currently four complete seasons and the fifth one airing at the moment in the UK. If you want to catch up with the series in the US, Netflix has the first three series to stream and BBC America airs reruns. SyFy does as well. We'll have to wait for the fourth season until January if my sources are right. Hope you enjoy another great fantasy TV show!


C McKane said...

I saw a few episodes when it first came to US. Haven't watched too much tv lately but glad to see it is still on!

Marilyn Muñiz said...

It is still on and going strong. I really wish it was simulcast on BBC America just like Doctor Who.

Erin Kane Spock said...

I've just started on Dr. Who via Netflix. Same with Sherlock. This one looks good, and something my kids might enjoy. I know this sounds horrible, but I just have to say that man has beautiful lips.

Emilia Quill said...

Watched every episode on subTV (Finnish channel) with my boyfriend. It's not now, but we've got Once Upon A Time. I think my little brother and mum watched it as well.

We always joke about, 'when are the main non-magician characters going to realize who the magic users are'. I hope not for a long time since it might mark the series' end.

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