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Post by theartfulcassie on Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:55 am

Merlin is a British television drama series that began in 2008. It is based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur, but differs from traditional versions of the legend in many ways, especially the characters. It was produced by independent production company Shine Limited for BBC One. The second series began airing on 19 September 2009. A third series has been commissioned.

Merlin has magical powers and arrives at the city of Camelot, after his mother arranges for him to become an apprentice of Gaius. He discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon, has outlawed magic and has imprisoned the last dragon deep under the city. The dragon informs him that Merlin has an important destiny to protect Uther's son, Arthur, who will bring forth a great Kingdom. When he meets Arthur for the first time he discovers that he is arrogant and a bully, but after he saves Arthur's life, he is rewarded with a job in the Royal Household as Arthur's manservant, and they become close friends. Arthur is unaware of Merlin's magical ability, as Merlin has to keep it a secret or face execution at the hands of Uther.
Morgana is Uther's ward with the power of prophetic foresight, which frightens her and which she keeps secret. Gwen is her maid servant and close friend.
The first series focused on the development of Merlin and his friendship with Arthur. The second series focuses more on development of the other cast members. Some of the central themes of the series are the budding romance between Arthur and Gwen and Morgana's struggle to control her powers.
Other characters from Arthurian legend have appeared. Lancelot longed to become a knight, but unable to do so because of his birth as a commoner. Mordred has appeared as a Druid boy who formed a bond with Morgana (in some legends he is Morgause's son) and it has been predicted by the dragon that Mordred will be the cause of death of Arthur (in the legend this occurred at the Battle of Camlann). Mordred and the Great Dragon refer to Merlin by his Druidic name, Emrys (the Welsh form of Ambrosius); Ambrosius Aurelianus was a historical figure whom Geoffrey of Monmouth partially merged with Merlin. Excalibur is an ordinary sword that becomes enchanted by the Great Dragon.

So, what do you all think of this sorcerrific television show? king
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Re: Merlin

Post by Gingerduckii on Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:47 am


Apparently there's a third series in the pipe line and I cannot wait for them to bring it out!

It's so nice to hear all the Welsh words on telly and when they say place names I can think 'i live no more than an hour away from that', places that have kept their Roman names more commonly such as Caerleon.

I really like the spin they're putting on it and how they've already brought in Lancelot however, I think they've made a mistake with Guinevere. I have nothing against the actress she's amazing but their portrayal of her as a servant with that name...I know everyone calls her Gwen but in a way it feels like they simply tried to tie up a loose end, a way to get Guinevere integrated into Camelot and close to Arthur...when the name is far more regal than they give it.

But it is very interesting when you read other Arthurian legends and the relationships between the characters. Most have Arthur and Morgana as sworn enemies, as Morgana is the Raven Goddess and unlike in the show where Nimueh aided Arthur's birth, there is speculation that he is Morgause's son.

I would really like to see them bring in Gawain and that side of the legends but the plot as it is now, with the dragon and Merlin being the Dragonlord is spectacular. It's one of the best current tv shows by far.

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