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  • Summary: King Uther is thrilled to learn Morgana has been found, however, she has ambitious plans for the kingdom.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
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  1. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Jan 3, 2011
    67
    The series' tone has gotten a little grim over time, but there's still sudsy fun in its Xena-style fantasy mayhem (giant scorpions! evil witches!) and the leads' high-camp banter.
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  1. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    I love Merlin, all seasons were amazing, but i think season 3 was the best. Morgana evilness made this season very dark! I hated Morgana in good way. Looking forward to season 4! and Good job writers and actors/actress! Fantastic job. =) 10/10. Expand
  2. May 3, 2011
    10
    Show has really come into its own, it's awesome. It's not gritty and is family friendly (aside from the wounds, fighting, magical explosions and intense scenes regarding betrayal and death), but I feel it sticks to the legends pretty well and has moments that are just incredibly moving. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2011
    9
    not every series can tread on it's familiar grounds and get away with it. But season 3 of merlin does and get's away with it, because it's such a charming show. Despite most episodes being a re-make of season 1and 2, i still enjoyed it alot. The characters are so believeable you can't help but fall in love with them. And in this season,the plot get's thicker and the acting get's better.Definitely a must watch for the family.ost episodes being a re-make of season 1and 2, i still enjoyed it alot. The characters are so believeable you can't help but fall in love with them. And in this season,the plot get's thicker and the acting get's better.Definitely a must watch for the family. Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2011
    9
    While it's obvious that Merlin is firmly in the "family oriented" department, it never seems to hinder my enjoyment of the show. It's difficult to find a fantasy or sci-fi series these days that doesn't get ripped apart by critics or canceled due to ratings without ever having a fair shake. If you like epic fantasy, dragons, or swords & sorcery, you'll probably find at least a little enjoyment from this show. Good clean fun for the whole family. Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Season 3 starts with a bang and then settles down during the middle and then ends with one of the best endings to any season of a show i have ever seen. What happened this season- Morgana is found, Morgana and Morgose make Uther go crazy so Cenred could attack Camelot. A goblin posseses Gaius. Gwaine helps Arthur and Merlin. Merlin sees the future. Arthur frees Gwens brother, Arthur retrieves the trident from the Fisher King. Morgana has a dream when Gwen is the queen of Camelot, Merlin and Arthur fail to retrieve the cup of life. The immortal army attacks Camelot. Morgana is crowned queen for being Uther Pendragons daughter. Merlin destroys the cup of life, the knights of Camelot take bac the kingdom. Overall it was a great season, but season 2 was better. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    7
    The third season of the show is perhaps weaker than the first two. The plot feels stagnant, with the noticeable exception of Morgana's infiltration and win over Camelot, and there are many cheesy details that result in a lower quality overall. The story line has taken a turn for the worse, some moments are too generic and there is a lot of silly humour that struggles to cause laughter. There are some worth-watching moments and a solid season finale, that show some promise for the following season. Expand
  7. Oct 17, 2011
    2
    What is so disappointing about this series is that we know the Myths of Camelot are an oral tradition spoken from the side of the victor, to describe the patriarchal take-over of matriarchal culture prior to the Roman Empire and this series pays no homage to this at all. It stays within the narrow constructs of men vs women where the men are kings and warlocks and the women are evil witches. There is no balance in story-telling between the old ways of paganism and earth worship with the new ways of patrilineal monarchy. In short, it is genderized and polarized. Unfortunately, it is entertaining enough for young people to watch and have their minds bent toward a 'goodies' and 'badies' version of cultural genocide where the so-called 'goodies' are the perpetrators of violence and warfare. Expand

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