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"Merlin" The Nightmare Begins (2009)

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Merlin: Season 2: Episode 3 -- When Morgana begins to fear she might have magic, Merlin puts both their lives at risk to get her the help she needs.


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3 October 2009 (Season 2, Episode 3)
Morgana realizes she has magic powers when she sets her room on fire from her bed. Against the advice of Gaius and the dragon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jeremy Webb 
Writing credits
Julian Jones (creator) and
Jake Michie (creator) and
Johnny Capps (creator) and
Julian Murphy (creator)

Ben Vanstone (written by)

Produced by
Johnny Capps .... executive producer
Julian Murphy .... executive producer
Amanda Wilkie .... line producer
Original Music by
Rob Lane 
Rohan Stevenson 
Cinematography by
Dale McCready (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Elen Pierce Lewis  (as Elen Pierce-Lewis)
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Dominic Roberts 
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Morris 
Makeup Department
Victoria Bancroft .... makeup supervisor
Mark Coulier .... prosthetics makeup designer
Anne Gentner .... makeup artist
Shaune Harrison .... prosthetics makeup designer
Anna Morena .... makeup artist
Carol Tucker .... hair designer
Carol Tucker .... makeup designer
Maria Zimmerman .... makeup artist
Kristyan Mallett .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jeremy Burnage .... production manager
Clare Buxton .... post-production supervisor
Renaud Mathieu .... production manager: France
Sébastien Quérité .... unit manager: France (as Sebastien Querite)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Evans .... second assistant director
Paul Mindel .... third assistant director
Gareth Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kyvan Ali-Mardani .... prop hand (as Kayvan Mardani)
Maudie Andrews .... art department assistant
Rob Britten .... prop hand
Sophie Campbell .... assistant production buyer
Toby Cowley .... construction manager
Chris Felstead .... standby props
Joe Linfield .... dressing props
Rob MacPherson .... standby props
Dave Simpson .... dressing props (as David Simpson)
Ian Tully .... production buyer
Jenny Turner .... storyboard artist
Jason Wood .... property master
Sound Department
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Adrian Bell .... sound recordist
Pat Boxshall .... dubbing editor
James Gibb .... sound trainee
Garie Kan .... sound maintenance
Jamie McPhee .... dubbing editor
Alexej Mungersdorff .... dubbing editor (as Alexej Müngersdorff)
Adam Wilks .... dubbing mixer
Jee Lun Kan .... foley recordist/editor (uncredited)
Caroline Robinson .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Zahra Al-Naib .... 3d artist (uncredited)
David A.T. Bowman .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Deguara .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
David Jones .... visual effects (uncredited)
Neil Roche .... animator (uncredited)
Gary Connery .... stunt coordinator
Patrice Cossoneau .... stunt rider (as Patrice Cossonneau)
Rob Jarman .... stunt performer
Frédéric Laforet .... stunt rider (as Frederic Laforet)
Pascal Madura .... horse master
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer
Matt Sherren .... stunt performer
Yann Vaille .... stunt rider
Romain Vergnaud .... stunt rider
Edd Osmond .... stunt double: mordred (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Atkinson .... grip
Gary Chaisty .... gaffer
Mark Day .... best boy
Gwilym Hoosen-Owen .... electrician (as Gwilym Hooson-Owen)
Mark Jenkinson .... rigger
Katy Kardasz .... camera trainee
Ivan Meagher .... camera operator
Chris Samworth .... clapper loader
Tom Unwin .... assistant grip
Animation Department
Serena Cacciato .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bob Morris .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Cousins .... wardrobe (as Sam Cousins)
Heather Leat .... costume supervisor
Sara Morgan .... stand-by dresser
Sekou Traore .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line editor
Bjorn Johnson .... assistant editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Location Management
Midge Ferguson .... location manager
Music Department
The Philharmonia Chorus .... performer: choral music
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Harry Bunch .... runner driver
Matthew Jones .... runner driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Other crew
Gareth Brock .... accounts assistant
Polly Buckle .... head of development
Elise Carlier .... production coordinator: France
Ross Coughlan .... floor runner
Lowri Denman .... production runner
Marie Devautour .... background artist arranger
Sarah Dollard .... assistant script editor
Jo Healy .... production coordinator
Richard J.R. Jones .... rushes runner (as Richard Jones)
Sam Jones .... production assistant
Rachel Knight .... story editor
Claire Mitchell .... assistant accountant
Julie Montandrau .... production secretary
Marnie Paxton .... script supervisor
Sébastien Protat .... background artist arranger (as Sebastien Protat)
Natalie Rogers .... drama coordinator: Shine
Chris Tarry .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

45 min
Sound Mix:

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Continuity: 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
Author: mijotter from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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