Okay, so I have recently finished watching BBC's TV series, "Merlin" (which you probably already know if you follow me on Pinterest) and I've gotta say that this is one of the best TV shows I have ever watched! If you haven't seen it, you should watch it, because it's amazing-- and it's on Netflix. I only wish that I had started watching it while it still aired... my mom confused "Merlin" for "Game of Thrones" for the longest time, so I hadn't been allowed to watch it... But holy cow! That ending was horrifically, beautifully, depressingly, incredibly emotional, I still get tears in my eyes or a hole in my stomach when I think about it! It's among the top things I obsess over. Ugh! I love that show so much!
And let me tell you, there were so many concepts about it that I just have to share! First of all, I've always been a fan of the Arthurian legends as well as fairytale rewrites, so the way BBC took their spin on it was absolutely marvelous! I love how they focused in on Merlin-- who is typically only used as a side character in rewrites-- and gave more depth to the story and each of the characters. The character development is so rich! And I mean all of the characters: Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Morgana, even Mordred and the Knights of Camelot! I love every single one of them... except for Uther... I never could find a love for him...
I also love that the writers and directors included so much more than a "good vs. evil", "love triangle" drama series. Of course, the romance is there at points (Gwen and Arthur are just too adorable!) and the epic evilness reigns (Morgana is so awesome), but the themes vary considerably! Comedy is mostly always present, tensions remains high, adventure is killer, and friendship is what this whole show is all about. All the relationships are beautiful, whether it be romantic like Arthur and Gwen or Merlin and Freya, or friendship like Merlin and Arthur or the Knights of Camelot, or even the damaged ones like all of Morgana's or Uther's (even though I really dislike Uther, I admire the love Arthur has for him). I also love finding little parallels in the show, like with Morgana and Merlin especially, seeing as they're both so similar with similar goals in mind, but the thing that sets them apart is that Morgana is ruled by hate whereas Merlin is ruled by hope
Then, of course, the cast is so amazing! Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, and Angel Coulby have definitely been added to my list of favorite actors. Finally, the costumes are so incredible, I just have to point them out! Just look at the gorgeous attire these guys have! Exquisite.
How many "Merlin" fans are out there? What's your favorite part about the show? Anyone else dying for a modern Merlin series? Tears, anybody? Comment and let me know your thoughts and questions, and I'll respond as soon as I'm able!
Thanks for reading!
Emory R. Frie
"Stories help us remember what we never want to forget" - Neverland (The Realms Series, Book Two)
Emory R. Frie is the award-winning author of debut novel, Heart of a Lion, and the Realms Series. Emory is attending Berry College to further pursue her writing craft. Raised in Oregon, she now lives in Georgia with her family and rambunctious Scottie pup.