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Merlin 5 Seasons 2009

Merlin with great magic powers arrives in Camelot, after his mother arranges for him to become an apprentice of Gaius. King Uther outlawed all magic and has imprisoned the last dragon deep under the city. Upon hearing the dragon's call, Merlin follows the voice and the dragon informs him that he has an important destiny to protect Arthur as one day he will be King.

Starring:
Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head

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1. The Curse of Cornelius Sigan

New servant, Cedric (Mackenzie Crook), muscles in on Merlin's position as Arthur's right-hand-man and turns the prince against his loyal friend. Merlin is convinced the slippery newcomer is up to something and he's right - Cedric is a conman and a thief who's after a magnificent jewel recently unearthed in a tomb far beneath Camelot.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Subtitles Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: 1 January 2009
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2. The Once and Future Queen

Arthur is determined to win Camelot's jousting tournament on his own merit, so with Merlin and Gwen's help he goes undercover as an ordinary man. But Arthur's in for a shock when Gwen challenges him to give up his spoilt, lofty ways.

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3. The Nightmare Begins

When Morgana's nightmares spill into waking hours she becomes terrified that she has magic. Gaius is determined to keep her in the dark for her own good but Merlin won't stand by and watch his friend suffer. He knows exactly what she's going through and he knows she needs the truth.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 1 January 2009
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4. Lancelot and Guinevere

Gwen is mistaken for Morgana and kidnapped by the savage outlaw Hengist (James Cosmo). Uther refuses to pay her ransom so Arthur defies his father, heading out into dangerous enemy territory to fight for Gwen's freedom. Merlin suspects Arthur's devotion to Gwen is more than just that of a prince to one of his subjects.

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5. Beauty and the Beast, Part 1

The first episode of this exciting two parter sees Uther captivated by his latest guest, the beautiful Lady Catrina (Sarah Parish).

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6. Beauty and the Beast, Part 2

Newly crowned Queen Catrina (Sarah Parish) settles in as Camelot's first lady. As her true troll nature surfaces her influence over Uther increases and the repercussions are felt throughout the kingdom. When Catrina accuses Merlin of stealing, he is driven into hiding. Forced to sneak around the castle, Merlin must find a way to expose Catrina's true form without getting caught - and beheaded.

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7. The Witchfinder

Uther is determined to wipe out magic in Camelot once and for all, and this time no one is beyond suspicion. He summons the most dreaded witchfinder in the land, Aredian (Charles Dance), a terrifying man who will stop at nothing to uncover sorcery. Gaius impresses upon Merlin how much danger he's in but Morgana needs no such warning.

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8. The Sins of the Father

When a mysterious warrior challenges Arthur to a duel, no one could possibly predict the devastating chain of events that is set in motion - least of all the young Prince himself. But Arthur and Merlin soon find themselves on a strange quest at the behest of the beautiful Morgause (Emilia Fox). Through her Arthur discovers a dark secret, which could bring about the downfall of the kingdom.

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9. The Lady of the Lake

When Merlin discovers the beautiful druid girl Freya (Laura Donnelly) trapped in a bounty hunter's cage, he knows he must help her escape. Gaius warns against getting involved but Merlin refuses to listen.Merlin harbours Freya in the tunnels beneath Camelot. But with the bounty hunter searching for his missing prize and a ferocious magical beast on the loose, she can't stay hidden long.

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10. Sweet Dreams

Dignitaries from rival kingdoms descend on Camelot for peace talks, but what King Alined really wants is war. He'll do everything in his power to stir up hostilities, even if it means using magic. Alined's jester Trickler (Kevin Eldon) puts a spell on Arthur to make him fall madly in love with rival King Olaf's beloved daughter Vivian (Georgia Moffett).

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11. The Witch's Quickening

Uther has a precious magical relic of the Old Religion locked up tight in the Camelot vaults. Many have lost their lives trying to reclaim The Crystal of Neahtid but the ruthless warlock Alvarr could succeed where they failed. For Alvarr has a secret weapon - Mordred.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 1 January 2009
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12. The Fires of Idirsholas

When the Fires of Idirsholas burn for the first time in three hundred years, Gaius fears a sorcerer has revived the deadly Knights of Medhir. He's right. Morgause (Emilia Fox) has returned, hell-bent on ending Uther's reign. Arthur and Merlin ride out to face the Knights and barely escape with their lives.

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13. The Last Dragonlord

The Great Dragon is finally free. Full of rage, he attacks Camelot with pitiless intensity. The castle is crumbling and Arthur's men cannot hold out much longer but only a Dragonlord can kill a dragon and Uther wiped them all out years ago. Or did he? Gaius admits one such man could still be alive and in hiding.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 1 January 2009
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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure, Teen & Young Adult
Director Alice Troughton
Starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Santiago Cabrera, Angel Coulby
Season year 2009
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
After becoming addicted to this after the first series, I didn't originally know if a second series would be as good, but if anything its even better. I have been told that the viewer ratings weren't that great for this, but that may have been due to the BBC endlessly changing the times it was shown.

I am still amazed that this works at all, after all there is a tradition of Arthurian stories getting mixed up and altered over the years, but this one is so original. And thankfully, unlike the dire Robin Hood, this is highly watchable and entertaining. There are some great cameos in this series, Charles Dance plays a witchfinder, Emilia Fox is in chainmail (who could believe that a woman could look sexy in all that metal? But Emilia shows that it can be done), and Sarah Parish is absolutely fantastic as a troll.

With Merlin having to still keep his magic a secret, Morgana finding out what she really is, and Mordred vowing vengeance on Merlin there is more than enough action here. On top of that Uther falling in love with a troll due to magic, and Arthur having a love spell placed on him there is bound to be trouble and comedy in store. Arthur professes his feelings for Guenivere and starts to learn more about humility and compassion, whilst Merlin has to keep his promise to let the dragon go free, and he also finds out who his father is. Merlin also starts to see that his powers are greater than he could have first suspected and that he must use them wisely.

Why this works so well is that it mixes drama and action (with great effects) with a touch of humour, and it doesn't try to lay down some kind of code for behaviour, although with its depictions of chivalry, honour, truth, humility and compassion it does show an ideal of how we should all behave.
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Merlin is a fun watch. This review however will concentrate on the DVD Extras for the people out there like me who really appreciate seeing/hearing from their favourite cast members. Great extras help make the decision to buy an easy one.

Merlin have really spoilt the fandom, thank you to who ever gave the cast a camera for their video dairies, and the cast themselves for "doing their homework". It has provided the fans with fantastic informal moments. These daries and the ones from Series 1 have left me eagerly awaiting the Series 2 Box set.

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Secrets and Magic (~10 - 15 mins each)
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Each Merlin episode has a corresponding S&M episode. They are very much appreciated as they provide interesting footage on behind the scenes and guest stars. All 13 have been included in the box set (1-6 in Vol 2.1, 7-13 in Vol 2.2), which is great for non-UK people.

Last year the cast diaries were included as separate videos. This year there is no separate cast diary video. Instead their recorded videos have been sliced into the secrets and magic episodes where relevant.

The great upside to having the diaries in the S&M means we the fans get to see them on a weekly basis during airing which is -----> fantastic :)

But it would have been great if they had also included just the diary footage together as a separate video. This would allow fans to just watch the cast, rather then having to fast forward the S&M to get to say the "Your the Voice" (scratch that, its been cut, perhaps due to licensing) or "Lost in Abergavenny" video.
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Ditto to the previous series
"This is a very good series and as there are many leading characters who are not that well known it is fresh and certainly a welcome change to the usual rubbish on the terrestrial TV. It is an interesting storyline and the interaction between two of the main characters I find very funny, I often find myself laughing out loud, the so called comedies of the moment cannot achieve even a smile from me. There are many sword fighting scenes and some people may not want their children to watch them if they are a very young age, but there are no gory or bloody scenes on show."
Hope they do other series's with Merling on further adventures through his timeline.
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I watched these series when they were on the BBC, it's nice to watch them again now with our kids.

However, the sound is truly awful - muffled and echoey as if it were filmed in a large toilet. It's a real distraction at times.

Also disappointing is that the video quality is standard definition not HD. What's that all about?
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I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to watch action, humor and adventure. MERLIN is a breath of fresh air to television. Looking forward to season 3.
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Just as I said in my review for the season 1 box set, I'll be brief. Merlin is a great series in every way, and it's second season impresses even more. The production values were raised, the stories moved on, the characters matured and the acting again was spot on! And once again, the DVD box set is just beautifully made, a bit tricky to open, but when you get inside, your jaw drops at the choice of design and pictures! Together with the season 1 box set, they are the most beautiful box sets I now own. I'm honestly impressed!

Merlin managed to put me, a woman in her thirties, well under its spell. From what's inside to what's printed outside, I recommend this box set with all my heart!
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