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5.0 out of 5 stars Episodes 1-13 review, 7 Nov. 2010
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I have just started watching Merlin, but the first two thirds of series 3 episodes have been pretty good. This is a short review of Episodes 1-12 in Series 3.

The Tears of Uther Pendragon- Part 1
My first ever episode of merlin, and some of the back story and set up confused me quite a bit, but by halfway through I had more or less got the hang of it. The ending was great, but the cliffhanger again wrong footed me, as I didn't know who 'The great dragon was. 8/10

Tears of Uther pendragon Part 2-
I had high expectations for this concluding part, and it matched them with some gripping storytelling, action packed fight scenes and great CGI. It set the bar really high for the rest of series 3. 9/10

Goblin's Gold
A departure from the dark opening 2-parter, instead this was a comic relief episode. Surprisingly good jokes, superb acting from Richard Wilson who plays Gaius, and a breath of fresh air from the movie style preceding episodes. Not well written though. 8/10

Gwaine
A drop in quality after a speedy start to the series. It was a lacklustre, poorly written mush of an episode. Also contains the most rubbish pre titles moment ever. Entertaining action scenes, and a very good comedy bar fight soften the badness of this episode. 6/10

The Crystal Cave
Back to the standard of the opening 2 parter, with a light on action, tight plotted and character driven story. Starts well, ends well, and is chock full of revelations. Marks the return of the Great Dragon in a much smaller role. 9/10

The Changeling
Bad, bad, bad. I have nothing good to say about this pointless, childish episode apart from good acting. I don't think I've WAITED MANY YEARS FOR THIS MOMENT.
5/10

The Castle of Fyrien
Much better than the changeling, at least this was entertaining, action packed and generally gripping. 8.5/10

The Eye of the Phoenix- An excellent episode with pretty much everything needed for an entertaining saturday night drama show. It will probably end up being a crucial cog in the overall series story arc, as a superbly handled scene near the end supplies some intriguing teasers for the series finale. The best episode in series 3 so far. 9.5/10

Love in the Time of Dragons
An episode bridging the gap between compelling and rubbish, in short the first OK episode of series 3. Pros and Cons everywhere- a great script, a lack of action, good character development and sometimes lazy, dull scenes. Nevertheless, it was stronger than some episodes and made perfectly adequate viewing. 7/10

Queen of Hearts
A return to the standards of episodes 7&8 with an epic, engaging and comedic episode. Colin Morgan makes his best acting performance of the series as 'Dragoon' the old Merlin, complete with some of the most funny scenes since the goblin episode in the courtroom and Bradley james and Angel Coulby also deliver fantastic acting. One of the strongest stories so far, and with Series 3 reaching a level of quality that beats parts of Doctor Who, and with Series 4 on the way, the future looks bright for Merlin. 9/10

The Sorcerer's Shadow
An solid all round episode. The best performances by guests this series, a mix of battles and dillemas, this is one of the most engaging episodes this series. Very well done. But why can't they dump this repetive tournament formula, It's getting dull. 8/10

The Coming of Arthur Part 1
Oh my god. The perfect Merlin episode, with all the vital ingredients for a sucessful instalment of the show, plus hundreds more extras, I am struggling to find a fault in this one. Road trip, battle, verbal battle, emotional moments, this has it all. Oh, and did I mention the blistering, game changing cliffhanger? Exceptional. But only exceptional because of the cliffhanger. If it had been a singular instalment, it would have scored 9. But when you see a finish like that after a pretty great episode anyway, you literally can't not give it perfect marks 10/10

The Coming of Arthur Part 2
The icing on the cake. A fitting finale to a great series, with new characters returning, Excalibur, Knights of the Round Table and a thrilling climax all featured in this super-compact 45 minute episode. A fantastic pre credits starts it, and it's all uphill from there. And then the episode finished with Excalibur placed in the stone. It's pity that the series is over, but Series 4 is on the way- a 10 episode run. Hopefully they'll cut the filler episodes. Anyway, thank you to everyone at the BBC for making this series a joy to watch. 10/10
UPDATE: Series 4 is 13 episodes again- its going to open with another 2-parter. :)
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2010 23:37:39 GMT
I completely agree with Joels comments.

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Posted on 23 Nov 2010 20:05:35 GMT
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Right, prepare for a massive grilling. I am eleven years old, and don't appreciate being called that. If you're going to say plain nasty things like that, you might prefer to say it to someone who is like you, i.e a thug. Now i don't like insulting people, but frankly you are a complete thug who has to put down KIDS for entertainment. I imagine that you may be banned from Amazon cos I have reported you for abuse. If you have an answer for this, feel free to say whatever you want as its only another nail in your coffin. Actually, i am telling you to apologize or I'll send your insult to amazon again

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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010 21:02:53 GMT
Wow, now you're getting defensive. I have seen your comments on a series 2 review and have concluded you are a desparate, primitive thug. Oh and by the way, i am not a snivelling grass. I go to school, have lots of friends and generally live a good life. Again feel free to reply.
P.S There is a fine line between arrogant [characteristic] and sme#head [brainless insult :P

Posted on 27 Nov 2010 11:05:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Nov 2010 11:07:02 GMT
I'm glad to see you managed to get into the show so much despite this being your first series. I've been watching this show with my younger cousins since the show kicked off and I have to say the increase in quality has amazed me over the past three years. Thank you for your comments about how you felt about each episode. We're all looking forward to the finale too!

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