Merlin 1 Season 2008

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Season 1
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Uther's past comes back to haunt him. At Arthur's coming-of-age ceremony a mysterious Black Knight arrives in Camelot, challenging the Knights of Camelot to mortal combat. As the Knights fall in battle, Merlin seeks the ultimate weapon that can be used to kill the Black Knight. But how do you kill something that may already be dead?

Starring:
John Hurt, Colin Morgan
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
November 15, 2008

Excalibur

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Season 1
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    1. The Dragon's Call At the cusp of adulthood, Merlin is sent by his mother to start a new life in Camelot, where he hopes to find adventure and use for his secret talent: magic! Upon arrival, however, he discovers all is not as he had dreamed and he must keep his powers a secret from those he meets.

    TV-PG 45min September 20, 2008
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    2. Valiant Camelot is hosting its annual sword tournament and Knights from across the land have come to compete for the coveted title. Among the competitors is Knight Valiant, who will stop at nothing to defeat his competitors and win the highest prize. When Merlin discovers Knight Valient has a deadly ruse to defeat his rivals, Merlin struggles to convince the king.

    TV-PG 45min September 27, 2008
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    3. The Mark of Nimueh A deadly plague spreads through the waters of Camelot. Upon examining the dead, it seems sorcery can be the only possible explanation for the deaths. Merlin and Gaius race to discover a cure, and Gwen accused of practicing witchcraft. Merlin cannot believe that Gwen would be at fault, but who else could be behind this?

    TV-PG 44min October 4, 2008
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    4. The Poisoned Chalice With her sights set firmly on Merlin, Nimueh tricks him into drinking from a poisoned chalice and Merlin falls dangerously ill. Arthur ventures deep into the forest of Balor to find the antidote, unaware that he is walking directly into a deadly trap.

    TV-PG 45min October 11, 2008
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    5. Lancelot Lancelot arrives in Camelot and saves Merlin from a terrifying Griffin. Eager to repay the favor, Merlin attempts to help Lancelot gain status as a Knight of Camelot, even though he lacks noble blood. They soon learn, however, that changing destiny can be a very risky past time...

    TV-PG 45min October 18, 2008
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    6. A Remedy to Cure All Ills When Lady Morgana is struck down by a mysterious illness, Gaius is at a loss for a cure. Thankfully, a new physician, Edwin Muirden, is on hand to nurse the King's ward back to health. Will Edwin's success jeopardize Gaius's position as court physician?

    TV-PG 44min October 25, 2008
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    7. The Gates of Avalon Arthur's chivalry puts him in danger when he comes to the rescue of a beautiful young woman, Sophia, and her father, Aulfric. Arthur begins to fall in love, but Morgana starts having strange prophesies of Arthur's death. The girl and her father are not what they seem, and Merlin makes a shocking discovery about their mysterious past.

    TV-PG 44min November 1, 2008
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    8. The Beginning of the End Merlin comes to the aid of a magical young druid boy named Mordred, and is surprised to find Morgana is eager to help him. The pair wants to smuggle the boy back to his own kind, but their struggle takes a dangerous turn when Uther declares anyone found harbouring the boy will be executed.

    TV-PG 44min November 8, 2008
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    9. Excalibur Uther's past comes back to haunt him. At Arthur's coming-of-age ceremony a mysterious Black Knight arrives in Camelot, challenging the Knights of Camelot to mortal combat. As the Knights fall in battle, Merlin seeks the ultimate weapon that can be used to kill the Black Knight. But how do you kill something that may already be dead?

    TV-PG 44min November 15, 2008
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    10. The Moment of Truth When Merlin learns that his village is under attack by fearsome raiders, he decides he must return home to defend it. When Arthur, Gwen, and Morgana insist on tagging along to help, Merlin is put in a compromising position: will he reveal his secret gift to Arthur in order to save the village?

    TV-PG 43min November 22, 2008
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    11. The Labyrinth of Gedref Arthur kills a rare unicorn on a hunting trip, bringing a curse upon all of Camelot. As the city runs out of both food and water, Arthur is anxious to do whatever he can to make amends and help his people. But in order to do so, he must listen to the mysterious Anhora, protector of the unicorns. Unfortunately, Arthur does not like what Anhora has to say.

    TV-PG 43min November 29, 2008
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    12. To Kill the King Gwen's father is arrested for treason and sentenced to death by Uther. Morgana insists on taking revenge and Merlin is shocked to discover just how far she is willing to go. Merlin, meanwhile, struggles with his own destiny when he discovers a plot to kill the king.

    TV-PG 44min December 6, 2008
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    13. Le Morte D'Arthur In this final episode of the series, Arthur comes face to face with a mysterious creature of great strength while on a hunting trip. Gaius warns that the creature can only be killed by magic, but Uther refuses to listen, instead sending knights to slay it. Merlin is forced to make some difficult choices between those he loves most in the world. But what is he willing to sacrifice to protect his destiny?

    TV-PG 44min December 13, 2008

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Kids & Family
Starring John Hurt, Colin Morgan
Supporting actors Bradley James, Richard Wilson, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Rupert Young, Eoin Macken, Tom Hopper, Adetomiwa Edun, Nathaniel Parker, Michael Cronin, Emilia Fox, Alexander Vlahos, Santiago Cabrera, Hugh Holman, Michelle Ryan, Caroline Faber, Tom Ellis
Season year 2008
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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285 of 288 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on December 25, 2008
Format: DVD
I absolutely enjoyed this show. The first episode hit on that the relationship between Merlin, the young magician, and Arthur, the prince of Camelot is essential and very important. As they meet, they both sort of hate each other, but destiny brings them together, like two sides of one coin for a reason. The first episode also made it clear that Magic is forbidden in this land, so it is intriguing to see how everything would turn out. If you give this show a chance, you will be surprised by twists and turns of the events. Unexpected story, like suspense, that's what come to my mind. Everything in the story is important as things will come together and make more sense.

The things I like the best are:

1. Great setting. The castle in this TV show is real and it's astonishing! It is one of the best castles in France. Some scenes also take place in Wales and the woods are so magical. I donno how they do it, but the whole setting, the nature, the castles are very mystical, fantastic and beautiful!

2. New actors. I hate big name actors. When I watch someone act, I don't want to think about the actor, I want to focus on the character, and that's what you get in this TV Show. The acting is brilliant. It is never overacted, so to keep you focused on the story. Because episodes tell the story in a fast paced manner, as there is so much to tell, the actors keep things smooth, clear and real. There are no awkward situations and the production is made to make you feel like you're there. I found myself worrying when the actors worried, even though I knew things would turn out fine. So the emotions are definitely pass on to the viewers from the skilled actors.

3. Characters and the friendship plot. The friendship is as complicating as it is deep and also very good.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Brian Stumpfol on December 13, 2008
Format: DVD
This new BBC series Merlin is one of the Best Shows I have ever watched ! I have seen every episode and I live in the US. Have downloaded and watched all the shows. The actors are great and so is Anthony Head as King Uther. Anthony Head as all recall played Giles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer..

It is filled with much magic and fun and great in my opinion for all ages but not too young for it my scare the little ones... All the on location filming from a real castle in France and other sites in the U.K. are amazing . This is a must see series to watch. I have read that it is supposed to be broadcast here in the US soon maybe and will be released on DVD but not known if it will be in Region 1 for US.. If you can find it on the internet and download all the episodes and watch as you are drawn into the story wanting to watch again and again to find out what Meriln's destiny is.....and best of all when you download them ..No Commercials !! YEA!!!
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By linds on July 26, 2009
Format: DVD
That's not saying much, considering that Reality TV seems to be taking over everywhere, and there is NOTHING else on this summer.

It may not be THE-ABSOLUTE-BEST-THING-EVER-ON-TV-EVER!!, but this UK import is pretty darn good. Solid 4 stars. I started watching the first couple on Hulu, and now I'm sort of hooked. I'm usually a wait-to-see-it-on-Hulu person, but I've been flipping on my TV Sunday nights to help get the Nielsen ratings up. I hope this show isn't cancelled, at least they finished out season 1 in the UK! Looking forward to season 2 (i hope!!) and to seeing what these promising actors will do after this!

So, 4 stars for giving me hope in scripted, serialized TV. Thank you, BBC.

EDIT: I forgot to mention what a great family show this is. A few scenes/themes might be a bit scary for smaller children, but there's no language, and I can't remember the last time I saw a show featuring a bunch of 20-somethings who WEREN'T sleeping with each other. Refreshing!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By NY film buff on September 8, 2009
Format: DVD
I confess that when I first heard of this BBC import I had no intention of watching it. For starters, it deviated too far from the standard Arthurian legends. And when I heard about CG dragons and pseudo-medieval costuming I decided it would be a total dud.

I couldn't have been more wrong. The series is absolutely delightful, in spite of minor flaws like occasionally sketchy plots and dialogue. It was clearly aimed at young viewers--perhaps the early to mid-teen set--but surprise, surprise! It has garnered a devoted adult following, to which I now belong. A lot of this is due to the charm of the (mostly youthful) cast, a bunch of attractive newcomers who overcome the periodic silliness of the storylines with their genuine acting chops and ability to swashbuckle with just the right amount of aplomb combined with humor. A degree of gravitas is provided by Richard Wilson as the court physician Gaius and Anthony Head as a narrow-minded, stern (nay, hard-assed!) King Uther Pendragon, and John Hurt, who voices the clairvoyant old dragon chained beneath Uther's castle at Camelot. But the lead actors--Colin Morgan as young Merlin and Bradley James as Prince Arthur--undoubtedly steal the show.

In this non-conventional take on Camelot, Prince Arthur is something of an arrogant bully with a heart of gold, who becomes genuinely fond of and dependant upon Merlin, the gawky, bumbling, admittedly adorable youth he takes as a manservant. What he doesn't yet know is that Merlin is a gifted sorcerer, who must conceal his abilities because King Uther has outlawed (on pain of death) the practice of any form of magic.
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