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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Theatrical Thursday: Merlin TV Series

We severed our cable bill over twenty years ago, so we usually watch a variety of DVDs and Netflix.  We have recently found the TV series Merlin on Netflix, and have enjoyed watching and re-watching it over this summer.

Merlin is a family-oriented fantasy drama of the Legend of King Arthur.  In this retelling, it starts with Merlin (Colin Morgan), as a teen, just arriving in Camelot, where magic is banned by pain of death.  Only a few know of his power to wield magic.  One is the court physician and ex-sorcerer Gaius (Richard Wilson) with whom Merlin stays with.  Camelot is still ruled by King Uther (Anthony Head) when this story begins, and Arthur (Bradley James) is still a prince. Morgana (Katie McGrath), Uther's ward, lives in Camelot and Guinevere (Angel Coulby) is her maid.  Merlin befriends the dungeon-bound Great Dragon (voiced by John Hurt), and learns that it is his destiny to protect Arthur, the future king.

While watching Merlin, I feel like I am reading a great novel, and can't wait to turn the page to see what other fun and adventure wait for me.  It is so enjoyable to watch the great camaraderie between Arthur and Merlin.  Merlin becomes Arthur's servant after saving his life, and must hide his magic throughout the series.  There is little bits of fun poked at each other especially after their friendship grows.   Then there is the romantic side, the love of Arthur and Gwen.  I am an incurable romantic, and I adore seeing this love blossom.

There is just a few side notes that my kids have found that you might be interested in.  The words for the magic are ancient English.  Camelot is Ch√Ęteau de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France.  I found it to be a very family friendly show, except for one episode where part of a bare backside is shown (season 3, episode 7). 

If you would like to watch Merlin, you can watch the first three seasons streaming on Netflix, or all four seasons on YouTube via MerlinsChannel.

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