MERLIN “The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part 1” Review

Merlin (BBC) Series 3 Episode 1

MERLIN is back! Season three kicked off with “The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part 1” and after many years of living in the fictional universes provided by books, movies and television if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that the only thing better than a badass heroine, is a heroine turned badass villain. After two seasons of almosts and waiting, Morgana has finally fulfilled the mythology and turned to the Dark Side. Can I get a whoop whoop?

After vanishing for over a year, Arthur and Merlin find Morgana after a skirmish with a group of ragtag bandits. Dirty and dazed, Camelot greets her with open arms-except Merlin, who is a tad worried that she may still remember the whole trying to poison her scenario (oops). She does, but she forgives him.

Oh Merlin, how foolish thou art.

Using a potion of mandrakes and Uther’s tears, concocted in something that looked suspiciously like Betty Crocker’s brownie mix, Morgana and her sister Morgeuse plant the rotten mandrake under Uther’s bed, the plan being that he will eventually turn mad.

Her plan works but not without consequences: mainly, Merlin discovers her secret and follows her back to her meeting with her sister. And here, at last, Merlin is finally caught at his spying game and bound in chains. Morgeuse’s magic is stronger than Merlin’s, I wonder if the same goes for Morgana.

As an army assembles to attack Camelot and giant scorpions prey on Merlin, the dragon returns and rescues the boy wizard from a nasty death.

It was also great to see a shirtless Arthur and Gwen back. Gwen didn’t have much to do for this episode, but Camelot is changing. With Morgana’s secret revealed to Merlin (I am so happy that’s not being drawn out for a multi-episode arc) how much longer must we wait until Arthur takes the throne? This episode we saw an emotional side to Arthur as he tried to cope with his father’s insanity and the possibility that his reign as king is drawing to an end. Of course, if the show follows the myth, that can only mean bigger things for Gwen as well.

An excellent beginning to what is shaping up to be the most deviously delicious season yet.

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