Merlin: Season 2, Episode 3

The Nightmare Begins (16 Apr. 2010)

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Morgana realizes she has magic powers when she sets her room on fire from her bed. Against the advice of Gaius and the dragon, Merlin sends her to seek advice from the Druids. Uther, ... See full summary »



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Morgana realizes she has magic powers when she sets her room on fire from her bed. Against the advice of Gaius and the dragon, Merlin sends her to seek advice from the Druids. Uther, believing she has been abducted, orders the deaths of all suspected sorcerers and their sympathizers unless she is returned, so Merlin goes after her. Locating her in the Druid village where chieftain Aglain tells her the truth (giving her confidence that magic can be used for good), Merlin must get her back to Camelot before Arthur and a vengeful search party catches up with them and kills all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Merlin is hiding the flowers behind his back, there are white, pink and purple flowers. When he gives them to Gwen to give to Morgana, there are only white and pink flowers. See more »


Arthur: [notices that Merlin is cleaning his chainmail] I thought I told you to do that yesterday?
Merlin: I didn't have time, I was cleaning your stables.
Arthur: That's strange, because a little bird told me you were somewhere else.
Merlin: Mucking out the stables is strange and a talking bird isn't?
Arthur: Merlin, what have we said about you trying to be funny?
Merlin: I shouldn't.
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Way to take me out of the series
11 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode had a lot of potential going in to it and just squanders it all. Morgana selfishly lets, or at least is willing to let(we never find out) hundreds of people die because "this is where I belong"? Merlin literally leads Arthur and his men right to the Druid camp he mine as well of built signs with painted red arrows. He blows a gate open then lights a fire in the middle of the day when he's trying to reach Morgana asap? I mean it got to the point where I thought he was doing it on purpose to somehow repair what he had done but nope.

The Druid that took Morgana in, who did an awesome job acting btw, gets shot and dies and no one or the writers could careless. I thought maybe this is finally when Morgana leaves Camelot and becomes, well, Morgana. But nope, after all that horrible writing and plot she ends up back in Camelot. And what did she get out of it? TOLD That magic CAN be used for good. Something that Merlin could've done or Gaius for that matter. And that's all we as the viewers get out of it as well. Absolutely no furthering of the good character development up until this point. At the end I thought well the only way to salvage anything from this atrocity is to have Morgana upset that she's back, that her Druid friend was killed, something to help build on the enclosed hatred she's developing. Alas, no, we get some lame pointless reminder AGAIN that, yes Merlin can keep a secret and that Arthur thinks he's falling for her.

I was really in to this show. I know the Arthurian Legend pretty well and yes it's taking it's own path on a lot of things but isn't that how the legend got to this point in the first place? However, this one episode may have killed this entire series for me.

If you are just getting in to this show and somehow manage to read this before actually watching this episode. Skip it, please.

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