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Merlin isn't terrible, and certainly better than some other WB/CW attempts to duplicate the Smallville formula.
In truth, it's at best a moderately entertaining little talkie that lacks majesty but beats watching a shirtless, slobbified Stephen Baldwin on I'm a Celebrity.
The middling show plays too much like The O.C. with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon.
This is a Syfy movie, through and through. And if you're in the right mindset for an okay-enough TV watching experience, this one's for you. But, on the other hand, there's a lot of great TV on DVD nowadays.
Merlin has the plot, the cast, the special effects and the fun to carry over your interest from night to night.
Colin Morgan's boyish performance as Merlin has charm, but there's nothing here for grown-ups. And, if I'm honest, there's not that much for kids.
While many of the reiterations of the King Arthur legend have ranged from stodgy to downright dusty, this Merlin is all about being entertaining. It's swords-and-sorcerers with a sense of humor.
The chemistry between [Colin Morgan] and Bradley Jame's Arthur is really good. But then I'm always a sucker for a good Bromance which the premiere episode does a great job of setting up in the pilot.
The pilot, "The Dragon's Call," offers an excellent introduction to the characters and gives the delightful Colin Morgan the opportunity to shine as Merlin
Though it is hugely unoriginal and suffers from the curse of the reset button -- at the end of every episode, the characters all have to return to default settings, often for no strong reason -- Merlin really is top fun.
Audience Reviews for Merlin: Season 1
Oct 14, 2020Simply magical, although for that time it wasn't enough.
Sep 26, 2020This series is really good, I like the reimagining of the legend
Sep 13, 2020LIKED: it is one of the funniest shows I've seen and the Banta between Arthur and Merlin is Hilarious. the Cast is incredible such as John Hurt as the Dragon, Anthony Head as Uther and even Michelle Ryan as Nimueh. the best episode of the Series is Excalibur. DISLIKED: it has not aged well with the special CGI Effects being awful and sometimes the action is shot poorly. There is one episode I didn't like which is the mark of Nimueh.
Sep 03, 2020Somewhat enjoyable but really goofy at times since a lot of the episodes feels like fillers but for the few ones with development are really intriguing to the plot itself.
Aug 15, 2020Love to watch this story about Merlin & King Arthur
Aug 10, 2020Yet another rendition of characters that have been told and retold too many times. The sets and special effects are reminiscent of the 1980's, not the 2000's. It seems like it's geared towards children until you see someone executed or otherwise killed. So, is it for adults that enjoy TV-PG? I suppose it is. It must be for the people you read complaining about profanity and nudity in reviews. The lead playing Merlin pulls off playing a young Merlin quite well but the script is rather predictable which again made me feel as though I'm watching a children's television show. The best way to describe this show is to compare it to an early 80's movie that may have been good for its time but now shot with a camera from the year 2000. They might as well have used stop motion animation here instead of the awful c.g.i. I don't use the word "cringe" that often, but I wouldn't hesitate to use it here. If you are a diehard fan of the source material or just looking for some very, very light entertainment, give it a go. It's like a children's television show for adults who are sick of sex and the "f" word on t.v.
Jul 29, 2020If you want a program like nothing else then this is the one for you. Very well written, beautifully focused/designed & warmly entertaining. Constant character development without it feeling forced - a real breath of fresh air!
Jul 21, 2020Best Arthurian legend story based show
May 26, 2020For the most part the early episodes were exactly the same... It gets old very quick, I stopped somewhere around episode 6 a few years back and just figured it was lame to keep going. Merlin has magic, Arthur is in danger, Merlin's magic is a secret so the whole episode is him being a fool. Uther hates magic, somehow he's completely ignorant to everything around him. I came back to the show again seeing better reviews for the later seasons 4+ and figured I could give it a another shot. If found a distinct change around episode 9 (Excalibur). The writing improved, the plots evolved and even the acting was better. I hope it stays this way for the remainder of the show. (I know the Camelot story, I've seen it many times in different places. But they really sucked in telling it off the bat) Some of the guest characters are better than most of the main cast. lol
May 07, 2020It was a really good show. I just wished the last few episodes were different. My only real complaint is Morgana had her part in the series way too much. She became annoying.