Review: Merlin Season 3 DVD
Just about everyone who comes to this site obsessively watches or at least knows about Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sherlock. But are you aware of the other equally as enjoyable shows from the BBC such as Primeval, Robin Hood (I strongly suggest you RUN and watch all three seasons to see how awesome Richard Armitage is to tide you over till The Hobbit comes out, or at least until the next trailer), and of course Merlin.
Official Synopsis: Merlin is back with even more magic, adventure and romance as the young wizard struggles to protect Prince Arthur in the perilous world of Camelot. While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers Camelot has ever seen, Merlin must work harder than ever to conceal his unique abilities while King Uther redoubles his war against magic. Featuring exciting new villains, white-knuckle stunt sequences, and spectacular CGI monsters, Merlin season three is more thrilling than ever.
Season 3 of Merlin is when everything changes. We finally get to see why Katie McGrath was cast as Morgana. Up to this point there has been something a little off in her performance. My sister couldn’t stand her at all. I have always put it down to the fact that she is Irish, doing an English accent that sounds more like an American one. Also that they kind of left her in this “pretty pampered princess” box, when what she is clearly excellent at is being BAD ASS EVIL witch princess out for revenge. She truly begins to shine in this season and I just love it.
I also absolutely adore Emilia Fox as Morgause, the equally bad ass evil witch, sister to Morgana. I know they are supposed to be evil; they do some pretty evil bad girl stuff. But along with that, they truly love one another. Ultimately Morgause just wants to see her sister in her rightful place and Morgana has lived her life terrified that she had magic and what would happen to her if Uther ever found out.
We also see the relationship between Merlin and Arthur progress, while Merlin is still Arthur’s servant they are developing the friendship that anyone familiar with Arthurian legends has been waiting on. Their comedic timing is so perfect, and it lightens up the heavier aspects of some of the story lines.
The special features disc has some real gems. Along with the typical “behind the scenes” and “deleted scenes” features there is also footage of the 2010 SDCC panel moderated by Jenna Busch, including both the full blooper reel that was shown to the panel as well as a second one not shown before. I was in tears from laughing so hard. Seeing Anthony Head losing his shit over and over again on different scenes is worth buying the DVDs
alone. But when you factor in that Bradley James (Arthur) is a complete spazzy goofball it’s double the fun.
So if you haven’t already started watching Merlin I suggest you do so and get season 3 while you are at it.
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