IMDB Rating: 7.9 Original Air Date: 2012-09-29 Views: 8498
IMDB Link: Click Here Plot: Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. It began broadcasting on BBC One on 20 September 2008. The show is based on the Arthurian legends of the wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur but differs from traditional versions of the legend in many ways. It is produced by independent production company Shine Limited. After a successful first series, U.S. broadcaster NBC began airing the programme on 21 June 2009, but after a decline in viewers, it was moved to the cable network Syfy, where it began broadcasting the second series on 2 April 2010. The second series began airing on 19 September 2009 on BBC One. On 5 September 2010, BFI Southbank in London previewed the first two episodes of the third series for its September Film Funday programme.
Merlin was influenced by the U.S show Smallville, about the early years of Superman. After failed attempts to bring the programme to life, development of the current Merlin began in late 2006, with physical production beginning in March 2008. The series received a generally mixed reception when it began its broadcast. Critics were upset with the flat dialogue and the modern look to the series. One critic, in particular, called the whole concept "bland". The series premi?re drew an overnight average of 6.65 million viewers in the 19:00 slot, a final consolidated figure of 7.15 million, despite being scheduled against popular ITV series The X Factor. The first series as a whole had an average of 6.32 million viewers, which is fewer than Doctor Who attracted during its first series, and slightly more than those received by Robin Hood. Merlin was also the fifth most watched programme on BBC iPlayer in 2008. The third series of Merlin began on 11 September 2010, and ended on 4 December 2010.
Camelot is about to enter a new golden age, but the dark seeds of destruction are being sown. In the frozen wastelands men have been disappearing without a trace. King Arthur and his knights embark on a dangerous mission to look for answersbut once there, Merlin becomes locked in a battle unlike any he has seen before.Special
After a stranger gives Arthur the power to summon the dead, he ends up being torn between head and heart. He decides to seize the chance to speak to the person he misses most his father. The spirit world is a dark and dangerous place though and little does Arthur realise that his decision comes at a shocking price.
With Princess Mithian as bait, Morgana comes up with a deception so powerful that the whole of Camelot is taken in by it including Merlin. As the storm clouds gather though, will Merlin be able to see through the lies or will Morgana at long last fulfil her dreams of revenge.
Three soothsayers end up casting a dark judgement upon the King of Camelot. Despite Merlins warnings, Arthur refuses to take their words seriously and their anger rains down on the kingdom. Only the greatest sacrifice can stop and please them, and with the kingdom in jeopardy, Arthur has a difficult decision to make. Merlin has just one chance to save Arthur from his destiny, but this decision comes at the highest price.
Darkness manages to steal its way into the heart of Camelot, as Morgana and her puppet Queen come up with a sinister plan to murder the King. After stablehand Tyr Seward becomes caught in the crossfire, he threatens to ruin everything.
After Merlin agrees to help a young Druid boy, Daegal, he is forced to leave Camelot on a dangerous mission. With the citadel being distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata, it looks like that no one will notice his absence.
Merlin has to move fast before Morganas twisted control over Gwen manages to get any further out of hand, but only the most powerful magic can save the Queen. As the High Priestess tightens her grip on Camelot, she is determined not to give up her puppet without a fight.
Morgana heads a shocking manhunt in pursuit her old foe Alator of the Catha, so that he can tell her exactly where to find Emrys. Merlins life is in severe danger, so after the mysterious Finna offers to help him, is he right to trust her?.
Mordred is torn between loyalty and love and is clueless to the fact that the path he chooses will shape Camelots destiny. With the drums of war beating ever louder, a desperate Merlin feels trapped by the cruel circle of fate.
High up in the hills, a great horde gathers as Morgana gets ready for war with a vengeful Mordred. Merlin begins to feel the weight of his destiny like never before as the ancient prophecies play out with shocking accuracy.