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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Merlin: The Complete First Season DVD Review

Merlin: The Complete First Season DVD Review 

Synopsis: Like Smallville did for Superman, Merlin is a new drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. In a time before history began, the mythical city of Camelot was a fantastical realm and a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant Uther Pendragon. When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he discovers his destiny and that of the kingdom's young leader in waiting, Arthur, are inextricably linked.

Review: My wife and I began watching Merlin on NBC last summer, after hearing great things about the BBC show online.  We're interested in mythical tales and the BBC never disappoints, so we figured it was a homerun.  Unfortunately, our own circumstances caused us to lose track of the show after a few episodes, so we were anxious to get caught back up on DVD.

Merlin not only features a high production quality, but its a fantastic plot.  The actors chosen are dynamic and the tales are full of wonder.  It manages to be fun without being cheesy, which isn't easy with medieval tales of mystery.  Its fun to watch Arthur abuse Merlin and Merlin attempt, with great futility, to hide his magical abilities for fear of being killed.

The second series of Merlin is now running on SyFy, so pick up this DVD and get caught up, then tune in for the continuation!  We highly recommend this DVD boxed set!  Go pick it up.

Rating: a strong 5 out of 5 Stars