Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings
Mar 20, 2013This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I'm an avid Merlin fan and as you may or may not know, the writers decided to wrap up the entire series in two episodes at the end of Series 5. I, for one, feel that we have been shortchanged as from the beginning the theme has been 'when Arthur becomes King, Magic will be allowed in Camelot' and this theme continued for much of Season 5 as they were planning for a Season 6 etc. but for an unknown reason they announced on Nov 29, 2012 that Season 5 would be the last.
The 'ending' was 10 minutes of 'magic reveal' and that was that. Arthur died. After following this amazing triple threshold show for five years, holding viewing figures of 7m each week in the UK alone, to have this 'ending' was just a stunning shock to the system. Not the only fan who feels like this, I joined a global campaign to resurrect the show and have different writers re-write the ending and bring our beloved series back. Our glorious leader has contacted top TV producers, TV executives and the BBC and all have said that a campaign like this will work. www.facebook.com/merlin2return… Full Review »
Dec 30, 2012This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This season is both the worst and the best season of Merlin. The first 8 episodes are kind of weak and repetitive -- How many times do we need to see Morgana show up all bad-ass and threatening just to get her plans foiled by Merlin and then wander through a field with broken spirits with her pet dragon only to return to do the exact thing next episode? It's kind of like an Inspector Gadget versus Doctor Claw thing that might work well in a children's cartoon but grows tiresome at a show aimed at an adult audience. There is a multi-episode story arc in the season where the Queen is under magic control and trying to kill Arthur every chance she gets, Merlin is well aware of this, yet in a middle episode of that story arc he just leaves Arthur, the King he is sworn to protect with his life, to be alone with her for a day without even taking any precautions (like asking a knight watch over him, etc.) -- Why the heck would a wise soul like Merlin he do that?
Colin Morgan's acting, while great in earlier seasons, has improved much in this season. We get a sense of a much more deep and mature Merlin now. The episode where we see him disguised as an old lady and talking like a drag queen really displays his acting talent, I would have never guessed he could pull that off, but he did and he did an excellent job at it.
Again, as with earlier seasons, what was kind of weak in this season was the story-writing. Merlin's dislike/distrust of Mordred seemed forced and irrational. It was out of character for Merlin to distrust someone without a good reason. It was also out-of-character for Merlin to betray him and snitch on him in a later episode for no good reason. They should have provided some kind of event that gives Merlin a good cause to distrust him to make it more believable. Alexander Vlahos does do a good acting job of portraying Mordrid. But once again bad story-writing kind of makes his character appear cliche and silly at times. Alexander Vlahos portrays Mordrid as a wise-respectable person. However, when a druid girl who has no redeeming qualities is threatened by Arthur he acts completely irrationally and out-of-character. I get that Mordrid is in love with her, but being such a wise soul I find it hard to believe that even he would not see that she has no redeeming qualities and really makes it impossible for Arthur to show her mercy because of her cold-blooded behaviour. I was also kind of disappointed that we really don't see Mordrid use his full magical power even later in the season when he is in battle and has no reason to hide his magic from Arthur anymore. However, the last four episodes of this season are probably the best episodes of the series. Finally, we get to see an epic batter between Morgana and her allies versus King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. Finally, we get to see Merlin realize and unleash his full power. I won't say more to prevent any further spoilers but the end of this season is a must watch if you are a fan of the show.
Episodes 1-8: 6-7/10
Episodes 9 & 10: 8-9/10
Episodes 11 & 12: 10/10
Average: 7/10… Full Review »
Jul 30, 2014It' s a pity such a promising show ended this way. The fifth season of the "Merlin" tv series leads its audience through a tiring sequence of ridiculous soap-opera-style stories presented as episodes to a slapdash finale that disappoints even the show's most biased fans. Performances are much inferior to those of past seasons, even with the same actors, and direction seems to share the show's lack of vision. Even the orchestral score seems overly recycled. A terrible ending to a great originally show.… Full Review »