The watery ghost of a slain Druid boy haunts Elyan and captures the conscience of the king.

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The knights come across a shrine built on a site where Druids were massacred, and where a thirsty Elyan inadvertently desecrates it by drinking from its well. As a result he is possessed by a spectral boy who tells him his ghost can only rest if the perpetrator of the massacre is slain, bewitching him into trying to kill Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, who murdered Druids. After two bungled efforts, Elyan is pursued by Arthur and Merlin back to the shrine where a surprise revelation leads to some hope for the restoration of the old ways. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Arthur wakes up on the table, rays of sunlight are shining directly through the window behind him, angled to the right of the shot. Yet Arthur's shadow and the shadow of the table are on the wall to the left of the shot. This is physically impossible, revealing studio lighting out of shot on the right-hand side. See more »

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Gaius: Your father was relentless in his persecution of the Druids. Many died. I believe it is one of those tormented souls that now possesses Elyan.
Arthur: And that's why he seeks revenge.
Gaius: The spirit craves peace. He wishes to find his proper place in the other world but the unjust nature of his death has denied him that.
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Bradley James makes a last minute save...
5 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Given the structural and emotional issues with the prior episode (see my review) I was looking to this for some indication the writers had rediscovered their inner "wizard." And really did not find it.

The cynical side of this reviewer wonders aloud if, at this stage in the production, they perhaps had budget issues? Please don't laugh until you review the logistics of this episode.

Having by this stage in the story killed, banished, exorcised, expunged, drowned, or otherwise removed almost all the major characters from the arc, the producers astonishingly managed to do this entire episode (check it yourself) with a cast of 7 actors (3 of whom had minimal screen time), virtually no extras (a few guards for a few moments), and no special effects except for some mist.

Against the backdrop of this entire series, which had had flying dragons, battles, courtyards overflowing with extras, pomp and circumstance, etc, you have to conclude that the top line savings would have been enormous. This episode was produced for a fraction of the cost of the earlier ones. That is a fact.

Now none of this would matter if the quality was there. But frankly it was not. From the opener when one of the knights "ignores" the warning he was given, to the fairly predictable end, this episode had little in common with the production values I have come to expect in this series.

The only respite was Bradley James acting his heart out at the conclusion, which kinda made the whole episode OK.

Barely.


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