New Summer Shows: “Merlin"

“Merlin” is a new drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. The mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began; a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people; a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.

When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies including the heir to Uther’s crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther’s wise physician Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot’s mystical secrets. As he does so he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom’s young leader in waiting, Arthur, are inextricably linked.

Source: NBC’s “Merlin” Page

I’d heard about this show when it was airing in the UK and thought it sounded cool. When it was announced that it NBC had bought it and would air in the summer I was excited to be able to watch it. So far 4 episodes have aired and I really love the developing friendship between Merlin and Arthur. Arthur starts out as an arrogant bully who just uses Merlin after his father makes him his manservant but slowly Arthur comes to realize how much he cares for Merlin and some of the arrogance falls away revealing a young man who does actually care for the people around him.

I can’t stand Uther though, even if he has his reason for hating Magic. I can understand that there were evil wizards at one point and in order to save his kingdom he had to drive them all out. However he has banned all use of magic saying that it’s evil, which in some ways puts the kingdom at even more of a risk because now they have no defense at all against it. Merlin has managed to keep his powers hidden from all but Gaius, but is finding it increasingly difficult to hide, especially when he knows he can help. I’m hoping that eventually Arthur finds out and helps Merlin use his powers. I’m also hoping that Uther learns that magic can be used for good as well as evil.

Merlin airs Sundays at 8pm on NBC. All of the previous episodes can be found on Hulu’s page for “Merlin” or on the NBC web site.

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