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The Death Song of Uther Pendragon 

Arthur rescues an old lady accused of sorcery, who gives him a horn with which to summon the spirit world. Despite Gaius's warning, he uses it to briefly meet his father but soon realises ... See full summary »

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Arthur rescues an old lady accused of sorcery, who gives him a horn with which to summon the spirit world. Despite Gaius's warning, he uses it to briefly meet his father but soon realises his error as Uther terms him weak for his non-political marriage, his practice of knighting ordinary young men on merit, and his lack of cruelty to make his subjects fear him. When Camelot falls prey to poltergeist attacks, with Guinevere the principal victim, it becomes clear that Arthur has unwittingly released his disapproving, vengeful father's spirit on the court. With a potion made by Gaius to make the spirit visible, and with Merlin's help, he sets out to return Uther to the grave, delivering a few home truths before it goes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The idea for this royal poltergeist story actually came from the real world. Just like king Uther was haunting Camelot here, some say that another king - Henry VIII - has haunted the former royal court of the Tudors seeking forgiveness for all his mistakes. See more »

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Arthur: [as Merlin creeps closer to the village where a woman is screaming] What are you doing?
Merlin: Well, I assume you want to risk our lives and see what's going on.
Arthur: I never thought I'd say this, Merlin, but you're learning.
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Emotionally this is a 10
27 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you can create a powerhouse episode with just a few characters, that is the essence of drama.

Johnny Come Latelys will not "get" this one. As Arthur seeks to gain emotional closure for the death of his father, the audience also seeks closure because Anthony Head's character ironically was allowed to leave the story without ever being told off.

So everyone wins.

Head, who was merely annoying for most of the early episodes (blame the script, not Head) gives the performance his life as the man who may well have inspired the term "Daddy Issues."

PS -- given the way the producers like to save money on one story so they can go all LAWRENCE OF ARABIA on another, I am betting something big is coming.


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