MERLIN “The Coming of Arthur, Part One” Review

MERLIN The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1

MERLIN “The Coming of Arthur, Part One” Season 3 Episode 12 – Morgana and Morgause are back to their usual schemes, which means more of Morgana’s glares and more of Emilia Fox, the former I could certainly do without. Merlin and Arthur are sent out of Camelot to find the Cup of Life from druids. Unfortunately they ar waylaid by slave traders who inform Morgause of their whereabouts. Morgause’s men captures the Cup of Life and use it to raise an army of immortals to remove Uther and instate Morgana as Queen.

There is a lot of fighting and chase sequences in this episode. Merlin and Arthur’s rapport was as amusing as ever and Gwaine’s return to the screen is always welcome. They’re capture by slave traders was, unfortunately, an unimaginative plot device to unite them with Gwaine. It was quite forced, and even the fight between Arthur and Gwaine, amusing as the dialogue should have been, felt forced.

The major issue I had with this episode was the totally out of character scene where Arthur holds a sword to a young boy’s throat, threatening to harm the boy if he is not given the Cup of Life. The scene is difficult to interrpret, because I have never seen Arthur ever show any sign that he would cause harm to an innocent. He even replaced Merlin in the duel to the death match set up by the slave trader. To see him holding a young boy at swordpoint was interesting: on the one hand it was completely unbelievable. On the other, that character, the ignoble and ruthless Arthur, is quite close to Uther.

This episode definately felt like a build up to the climax, which is what it was. It was quite average until the last fifteen minutes, until Morgause showed that she knew how to make a threat. Emilia Fox delivered those lines excellently.

It was an episode which promised more than it delivered, but those promises her worth it. Finding Gaius in a broom cupbord seemed ridiculous.

Still, the biggest payback for not only this episode, but the entire series of Merlin, was when Morgause took the crown from Uther, and Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot. Freaking. Awesome.

What did you make of the episode? Particularly the final few minutes? Sound off in the comments below! And for more information on this latest episode of Merlin, go to the Merlin Official Site http://www.bbc.co.uk/merlin/ .

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