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Valiant 

King Uther Pendragon holds an annual tournament where Prince Arthur Pendragon is to defend his title against other knights of the realm. Sir Valiant comes with a magic secret weapon - a ... See full summary »

Director:

James Hawes

Writers:

Julian Jones (series created by), Jake Michie (series created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Colin Morgan ... Merlin
Angel Coulby ... Gwen
Bradley James ... Arthur
Katie McGrath ... Morgana
Anthony Head ... Uther Pendragon
Richard Wilson ... Gaius
John Hurt ... The Great Dragon (voice)
Will Mellor ... Knight Valiant
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Devlin
Nicholas Gasson Nicholas Gasson ... the Steward
Keith Thorne Keith Thorne ... Ewan
Ed Coleman ... Morris
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King Uther Pendragon holds an annual tournament where Prince Arthur Pendragon is to defend his title against other knights of the realm. Sir Valiant comes with a magic secret weapon - a shield from which the painted poisonous serpents can come to life and attack (which Sir Valiant also used to murder its creator). By nursing snake-poisoned knight Ewan, Merlin finds out how this vile knight has been defeating adversaries as easily as Arthur. He informs the prince, but a servant's word is worthless against a knight's, and by the time the prince challenges Valiant, the only 'worthy' witness has died (via more serpentine magic). Arthur, furious to be humiliated and seeming scared, fires Merlin. Receiving enigmatic encouragement from the Great Dragon, Merlin decides against giving up, resorting to magic from the book Gaius earlier gave him. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Shine, BBC Wales See more »
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Stereo

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16:9
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Trivia

Sir Valiant, a knight mentioned in this episode, is just another legendary figure like Sir Lancelot. In the original Arthurian legends Valiant and Arthur never engaged in a duel like the one depicted in this episode nor did Valiant ever used black magic. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the first tournament fight Arthur puts his helmet on clearly without his chain mail hood on, after the fight he removes his helmet and the hood is on. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: I thought I told you to get out of my sight.
Merlin: Don't fight Valiant in the final tomorrow. He'll use the shield against you...
Arthur: I know.
Merlin: Then withdraw. You have to withdraw...
Arthur: Don't you understand? I can't withdraw. The people expect their prince to fight. How can I lead men into battle if they think I'm a coward?
Merlin: Valiant will kill you! If you fight you die!
Arthur: Then I die!
Merlin: How can you go out there and fight like that?
Arthur: Because I have to. It's my duty.
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Better than the first episode
3 October 2018 | by evelineraineSee all my reviews

A pretty good improvement over the shortcomings of the first episode. The scenes last enough to play out properly, although events seem a little bit clumped anyway. The plot is pretty decent, it doesn't try to be too deep or complex, but still kept me interested. And I like how humor was emphasized in Arthur - Merlin interactions. I think it really hits the point.


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