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Despite all this, Merlin quickly becomes addictive. The dialogue and special effects can be cheesy (particularly when the CGI monsters have to interact with actors), but the cast is charming and the stories, while a tad formulaic, keep things moving. Morgan is appropriately dweeby (but also has killer cheekbones), James combines football-quarterback good looks with a hint of sensitivity, McGrath is luscious and impetuous, and Coulby has earthy spunk. The heavy lifting, acting-wise, is ably handled by Head and Wilson. The first season deftly explores the origins of the pillars of Arthurian mythos, from the sword Excalibur to a very dashing (but born of peasant stock) Lancelot to the mysterious birth of Arthur himself. Add to it all an imprisoned dragon, voiced by John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man) and prone to cryptic but sometimes helpful advice, and you have an engaging fantasy series. In addition to 13 episodes, there's an additional disk with making-of features and video diaries of the young cast gallivanting around France. --Bret Fetzer
Merlin is awesome! Beware on disk contains only behind the scenesPublished 3 months ago by Amber E. Macer
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|A bit too anachronistic||
I'm not sure that the series is trying to be too historically accurate as the legends themselves have been written and rewritten for more than a millenium.
That said there are vinyards in England so its not too much of a stretch for them to be eating grapes (I can't account for the anachronistic... Read More
Jan 5, 2012 by J H Goddard | See all 3 posts
|are all the audio commentaries there?||
I just got it from Netflix and it's there.
Jul 14, 2011 by G. Recipient | See all 2 posts
It should be the BBC's uncut episodes. That's what I've heard anyway.
May 24, 2010 by shelly v | See all 2 posts
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