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4.0 out of 5 stars Good series, dissapointed with the end, 5 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Merlin - Complete BBC Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Series 4 of Merlin is darker than the past series and I love it for that. Morgana's powers become greater and her allies increase in numbers. Arthur and Gwen experiece some hardship in their relationship. Merlin more regularly takes on his old alias Dragoon. The series as a whole is very good and the episodes are gripping.
Only three things I wasn't impressed with this series (WARNING-SPOILERS):

1) The finale. Morgana attempts to take over Camelot with her army. This is mostly very similar to the series three finale, with one big difference: the witch doesn't really get to fight. Unlike in the series three finale when Morgause takes on Arthur, Morgana simply has her powers bound by Merlin and runs. I couldn't help but be very dissapointed at that... it just seemed a bit too easy.

2) Merlin has a magical move where he throws the enemy off their feet and knocks them out. This is starting to get old and makes for a few very anticlimactic endings.

3) A lot in Merlin isn't accurate to the legend and usually I don't mind that... but I didn't like that Merlin had to magically cast the sword out of the stone for Arthur. In the legend, the one true king is the only one able to lift the sword from the stone, while in Merlin he simply uses this story as a way to build up Arthur's confidence by fooling Arthur. As I said, I'm usually not bothered by how close to the legend Merlin is, but I strongly felt they should have kept that VERY significant scene the way the legend told it.

However, overall this series deleivers another great load of enchanting episodes and magical adventures.
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2012 18:10:06 GMT
Benlroberts says:
I agree with you on the last point.

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 22:26:23 BDT
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Posted on 28 May 2012 20:50:37 BDT
Yes the sword part was a tad disappointing, but I just shrug and think 'hey, it was made for kids and they'll love it'.

Cheesiness is to be expected I think. But yes, I agree because the series finale, overall, was very promising. It felt dark, hopeless, and I was fooled on occasions into thinking I was watching an adult programme. These odd moments you mention did, to a certain extent, break that illusion.

Posted on 28 Feb 2014 23:22:40 GMT
Locky says:
I think with the last point, i do agree with you there, but i think it was either that, or what they did where it wasn't so much merlin was fooling arthur, i think more that Arthur really couldn't do it without Merlin, because as the title and series suggests (:P) it's Merlin's tale, on how important he was and how crucial he was that arthur couldn't do it without him, but also that Merlin couldn't do it without Arthur.
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