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Arthur and Merlin: The Rest of the Story

OK.  Today, I have to talk about a TV show because that is what is on my mind.  For the past couple of days, I have been trying to catch up on shows that I missed and the show I  have been watching is Merlin.

It takes place during the days of Arthur and Merlin but from a different perspective.  Merlin is a young man and Arthur is prince of Camelot because his father, Uther is still alive and king.  We are used to hearing stories about Arthur as king and Merlin as an old man and well-known sorcerer; however, this takes place before all of that happened.

It is fascinating to see Merlin so young and in training by Gaius, his mentor and court physician.  It is also fascinating to see Merlin and Arthur so close in age and actually friends, although Merlin is Arthur’s servant.  Arthur does not know that Merlin is a sorcerer because King Uther is strongly opposed to magic of any kind and will impose the death penalty for anyone caught using magic.  It must be kept a secret.  No one else knows about Merlin’s gift except for Gaius.

The writers of the show like to play on the irony of the situation by having Merlin come in to Arthur’s room and Arthur calling him a useless, incompetent servant, throwing his shirts and boots at Merlin  for him to clean.  You have to sit back and laugh because Arthur has no idea who he is ordering around and Merlin just does it with no attitude.  Sometimes, Merlin will be gone trying to stop some sorcerer from killing the king, or something like that, and when he comes back to Arthur’s room, the first thing Arthur says is, “Where have you been?  You’re so useless.  I can never find you when I need you.”

Of course, Merlin cannot say, “Oh, I was just out saving your father’s life with one of my spells and almost got killed in the process.”

Merlin usually comes up with some lame excuse that just irritates Arthur; moreover, Arthur has no idea how many times Merlin has quietly whispered spells and saved him from dying.  Of course, he cannot tell him that, either.

Morgana is on the show also.  She was the evil, powerful sorceress that was always trying to kill Merlin, in the legend where he is an old man.  In the first season, she was good and having nightmares all of the time.  Gaius would give her a potion to make them stop but they always came back.  She eventually finds out that she is a sorceress and is being led astray by an evil mentor, Morgause, who wants to invade Camelot  and kill Uther.  As you guess, this is a secret also.  Uther thinks that Morgana can do no wrong, her being his adopted daughter but he would never believe it anyway.  The only ones who know that Morgana has turned evil are Merlin and Gaius.

Since Arthur has a servant, we can assume that Morgana has a servant also.  That servant is…Guinevere.  She likes Arthur and he likes her but they cannot say anything because Camelot would never go for it, nor would Uther, seeing that she is not of noble birth.  They have had one date, where they expressed their feelings for each other but Guinevere insisted that he find someone else.  She has told him a few times what a great king she believes he will be, greater than his father, and she knows this because she just knows.  She truly believes in him.

Merlin goes to an old dragon, the last one, for advice and answers to impossible situations and he knows who Merlin is also, reminding him of his great destiny.

The show has a lot of dramatic episodes and plenty of humorous episodes also.  Even in many of the more dramatic episodes, the writers always leave room for a little humor.  Along with that, having a secret in the plot that someone must keep always grabs the viewer’s attention.  Waiting for that moment of that certain person finding out is so fun.  We have seen this before in stories or shows: on I Dream of Jeanie, we waited for Dr. Bellows to find out that Jeanie is a Jeanie, with Superman, we waited for Lois Lane to find out that Clark Kent was Superman, on Lost, we waited for several things-Sawyer to find out that Locke’s dad tried to kill him, Jack to find out that Sawyer met his dad and his dad was proud of him, we waited for the rest of the castaways to find out that Sun could speak English.

We never get tired of this, so we will wait for Arthur to find out that Merlin uses magic and has a great destiny because we already know that Arthur would never kill him.  If you have not seen the show, it comes on Fridays at 10/9 C on the SyFy channel.

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