Rating: Not Rated
“The mystical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. A fantastical realm of legendary beats and mysterious peoples. 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 quickly makes enemies including the heir to Uther’s crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther’s wise physicians. Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot’s mystical secrets. As he does so he discovers that his destiny and that of Arthur, the Kingdom’s young leader-in-waiting, are inextricably linked.”
“Merlin: The Complete First Season” is not rated.
Overall it’s a solid production with good special effects. They even manage to occasionally show John Hurt as a CGI Dragon that actually looks quite good. CG effects on TV are often pretty poor looking, but generous applications of shadows and low light in caves under the castle make it work. Using real castles and locations in the UK doesn’t hurt, either.
If this series has any downfalls, it’s that the running time is a tad long for the stories and it’s also somewhat predictable. The plots were somewhat basic and you could predict the ending well before it arrived. It’s not necessarily bad. It’s just not groundbreaking.
If you like swords and sorcery or if you’re in the mood for something that’s kind of in the spirit of “Harry Potter,” then I think this is a series that will interest you. It’s certainly better than a lot of what’s on US television.
There’s an entire disc of bonus features on this DVD. You get audio commentaries, making-of featurettes, video diaries, photo galleries, and other goodness. It’s enough to satisfy all your bonus feature needs.