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"Merlin" The Crystal Cave (2010)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
9 October 2010 (Season 3, Episode 5)
Fleeing enemies, Merlin and Arthur take refuge in The Valley of the Fallen Kings. There, the sorcerer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Alice Troughton 
Writing credits
Julian Jones (creator) and
Jake Michie (creator) and
Johnny Capps (creator) and
Julian Murphy (creator)

Julian Jones (written by)

Produced by
Johnny Capps .... executive producer
Rachel Knight .... co-producer
Julian Murphy .... executive producer
Amanda Wilkie .... line producer
Original Music by
James Gosling 
Cinematography by
Dale McCready (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Crispin Green 
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Paul Cripps 
Art Direction by
Maudie Andrews 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Morris 
Makeup Department
Clarisse Domine .... makeup artist: France
Carol Tucker .... hair designer
Carol Tucker .... makeup designer
Sue Westwood .... makeup supervisor (as Su Westwood)
Maria Zimmerman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clare Buxton .... post-production supervisor
Alexandra Kosevic .... production manager
Renaud Mathieu .... production manager: France
Sébastien Quérité .... unit manager: France (as Sebastien Querite)
Leslie Morcillo .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Devautour .... third assistant director
Sophie Hebron .... second assistant director
Gareth Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Toby Cowley .... construction manager
Chris Felstead .... standby props
Joe Linfield .... prop hand
Rob MacPherson .... standby props
Kay Mitchell .... graphic art director
Dave Simpson .... dressing props (as David Simpson)
Francois Texier .... assistant prop buyer: France
Ian Tully .... production buyer
Jenny Turner .... storyboard artist
Jason Wood .... property master
James Foley .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Adrian Bell .... sound recordist
Pat Boxshall .... dubbing editor
Mark Elson .... sound trainee
Jamie McPhee .... dubbing editor
Alexej Mungersdorff .... dubbing editor (as Alexej Müngersdorff)
Chips Paul .... dubbing mixer
Adam Ridge .... sound maintenance
Oliver Rotchell .... sound recordist: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andy Adam .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Zahra Al-Naib .... 3d artist (uncredited)
Miodrag Colombo .... senior compositor: Mill TV (uncredited)
Barney Curnow .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Neil Roche .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
Giuliano Dionisio Vigano .... senior compositor (uncredited)
Dylan Jones .... horse master
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Atkinson .... grip
Gary Chaisty .... gaffer
Mark Day .... best boy
Mark Jenkinson .... rigging electrician
Katy Kardasz .... camera trainee
Ivan Meagher .... camera operator
Greg Murray .... assistant grip
Owen Richards .... electrician
Chris Williams .... clapper loader
Animation Department
Martin Lanzinger .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bob Morris .... casting assistant
Sébastien Protat .... background casting: France (as Sebastien Protat)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Cousins .... wardrobe (as Sam Cousins)
Beth Johnson .... stand-by dresser
Heather Leat .... costume supervisor
Sekou Traore .... costume assistant: France
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Tom White .... assistant editor
Aaron Coot .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Location Management
Midge Ferguson .... location manager
Music Department
Rob Lane .... composer: theme music
Vladimir Martinka .... conductor
Transportation Department
Charles Curran .... runner driver
Tom Major .... runner driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Other crew
Frederique Altschul .... background wrangler: France
Katell Bost .... production coordinator: France
Gareth Brock .... accounts assistant
Polly Buckle .... head of development
David P. Davis .... assistant script editor
Lowri Denman .... production runner
Kelly Duffell .... production coordinator
Kathryn Holland .... drama coordinator: Shine
Matthew Jones .... floor runner
Sam Jones .... production secretary
Jackie O'Sullivan .... assistant accountant
Laurence Parker .... production accountant
Mark Parry .... rushes runner
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor
Takako Yokoi .... production secretary: France
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

45 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Merlin:Listen to me, clot-pole. I don't care if you die. There are plenty of other princes. You're not the only pompous, supercilious, condescending, royal imbecile I could work for - the world is full of them - but I'm gonna give you one more chance.See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Moral Complexities suck the life out of the show...., 16 August 2014
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America

If you are looking for a cautionary tale about what happens when when cascading plot arcs suck the joy out of a show, look no further than the American production Smallville.

As is the case with Merlin, the producers had a complex narrative question to resolve. There, the early years of the young Superman are a veritable funfest of adventures, and they handled that portion of the story brilliantly. All the early episodes are in glorious daybright color and even if you are not a fan, chances are the stories would leave a smile on your face.

However, mindful that the strongest superhero of all time invariably attracts the strongest villains of all time, by end of the series SMALLVILLE had evolved into a tale so dark it should have come with a warning label and backlight.

Which brings us to Merlin. By this point in the series the joy of the young wizard who found a home in Camelot and made a friend of the dragon are ... gone. Here the producers have to contend with the fact that this story is not merely a tragedy, indeed, it predates Shakespeare by centuries and as such is arguably the oldest tragedy that England can lay claim to.

In this episode, pregnant with moral questions and other pithy issues, the characters march inexorably to their destinies.

The craftsmanship is still there. It's just not very entertaining.

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