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"Merlin" The Crystal Cave (2010)

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Moral Complexities suck the life out of the show....

4/10
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America
16 August 2014

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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