Morgana has gone with Morgause, and the dragon, freed by Merlin, repeatedly attacks Camelot, causing huge fire damage. Only a dragon-lord is capable of containing the beast, men whom Uther ...
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Morgana has gone with Morgause, and the dragon, freed by Merlin, repeatedly attacks Camelot, causing huge fire damage. Only a dragon-lord is capable of containing the beast, men whom Uther persecuted years earlier, from which only one still survives (Balinor), who lives like a hermit in a cave. Gaius, who helped him escape Camelot, tells Merlin this is his father, and when Merlin and Arthur trace him, Merlin reveals himself to Balinor (though they keep it from Arthur). Balinor agrees to come to Camelot to assist, but there is further drama before Merlin proves himself to be his father's son and defeats the dragon.Written by
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[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.]
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Why did you never return?
I thought her life would be better without me.
Uther wanted me dead. If he'd found me, he'd have killed me... and your mother. I wanted her to be safe.
We could've come with you.
And what kind of life would you have had here?
We'd have been... happy. When we have finished in Camelot, I'm going to take you to Ealdor.
She won't recognize me. I see her in you.
You have her kindness.
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Movie quality in a single episode -- that's high praise
This series has been consistently strong with only a few weak episodes. And in past reviews I have suggested that Anthony Head as the "king we love to hate" is over-used as a plot device, especially in the weaker stories. But here at the end of season 2 (no coincidence, that, trust me) we have the payoff for those with patience. Nothing is quite as impressive as a British production team in full flight, when every aspect of the writing, direction, and characterizations come together to form a cohesive and mesmerizing whole. In today's world when TV and film overlap -- partly because of the digital revolution, partly because anybody with a video camera can make a make a feature length film these days -- what we have here is a single TV episode packing such dramatic punch that it meets or exceeds the standard one might expect for a full-length feature. Bravo.
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