Merlin (2008–2012)
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Arthur's Bane: Part One 

Arthur has been king for three years without incident, but now an expedition north to the land of Ismere, led by Gwaine and Percival, is captured by Morgana and fellow sorcerer Ruadan and ... See full summary »

Director:

Justin Molotnikov

Writers:

Julian Jones (creator), Jake Michie (creator) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... The Dragon (voice)
Colin Morgan ... Merlin
Bradley James ... Arthur
Angel Coulby ... Gwen
Sophie Rundle ... Sefa
Tomiwa Edun ... Sir Elyan (as Adetomiwa Edun)
Rupert Young ... Sir Leon
Richard Wilson ... Gaius
Eoin Macken ... Sir Gwaine
Tom Hopper ... Sir Percival
Katie McGrath ... Morgana
Liam Cunningham ... Ruadan
Julian Glover ... Lochru
Alexander Vlahos ... Mordred
Lindsay Duncan ... Queen Annis
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Arthur has been king for three years without incident, but now an expedition north to the land of Ismere, led by Gwaine and Percival, is captured by Morgana and fellow sorcerer Ruadan and set to work in the mines to locate a mystical key. A search party headed by Arthur and Merlin goes after them, coming upon a village whose inhabitants have been massacred, A dying Druid warns Merlin of Arthur's bane - a battle where the young king will be slain. Ruadan's daughter Sefa is a spy working as Guinevere's maid, who warns her father of Arthur's army heading for Ismere through the lands of his ally Queen Annis. The group is thereby ambushed and Merlin and Arthur captured by Mordred, whom Merlin recognizes from the prophecy as being Arthur's killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

Liam Cunningham has acted in two other film/TV productions with a King Arthur theme, Camelot and First Knight. See more »

Quotes

The Dragon: A wise man is not cowed by knowledge, Merlin. Instead, he uses it to guide him.
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Two Parters are always a problem
21 February 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

To be fair, Merlin is not the only episodic TV show that stumbles when trying to do a 2-parter.

There are so many challenges. You are basically almost creating a small full-length movie, so expectations are raised, yet you still have to stagger the scenes to allow for commercials and you must close the story with the appropriate arcs "up in the air" so the writers can slog on when the next episode appears.

That last one is the killer.

The reason I am appending this review to Part I of the two parter is that (and this has happened before, and will happen again) is that Part I is the far superior drama.

Un-hampered by the need to string the viewer along, the production team is free to cut loose in Part I. And indeed they did. It is clever, well written, lavishly produced, constantly entertaining, and even contains an odd (but fun) homage to LORD OF THE RINGS. Very enjoyable.

And the problem (if you watch the second part or 5.2) is that the quality will fall. The pacing will drop, actions will become more trivial, and because of the need to keep all the story "balls in the air" the conclusion will not be as satisfying as the buildup.

So make hay while the sun shines. Enjoy this while you can.


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