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Merlin - S05E02

Fantasy . Adventure . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Action & Adventure . Drama

As dawn breaks across the icy tundra, Merlin and Arthur are close to exhaustion. With each tortured step, the fortress of Ismere looms ever nearer and Merlin's fear intensifies. What game is Mordred playing? And what powerful secrets are Morgana and the druid Ruadan (Liam Cunningham) searching for amongst its twisted catacombs? It seems like this time, not even Merlin can stop Arthur from walking right into the lion's den… For in this bleak and transient wilderness, only one thing is certain: the great trial for Albion has finally begun.

Episode Title: Arthur's Bane (2)
Airs: 2012-10-13 at urday
  • Adam Markovitz

    Cheesy? Sure. But there's enough sword-clanging Action--not to mention homoerotic tension--to keep viewers happily entertained for a spell.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    For those new to the legend, this is a fresh, and delightfully color-blind, approach to the tale.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A lighthearted, quite charming medieval adventure series made by the BBC, is tailored to the age of Obama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kris King

    Even with its quirky charm, though, the show's formula begins to wear thin.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The middling show plays too much like “The O.C.’’ with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon (voiced by John Hurt).

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It takes the stuff of legend and imagination and makes it dry and commonplace. You look forward not to the next exciting chapter, but for the whole enterprise to go "poof" and disappear.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It's just that Merlin is clearly shopping for tricks in the bargain bin, and like the song says, the new Camelot's shining moments are all too brief, indeed.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Merlin looks, well, typically British with shoddy production values. Worse, it tells dull stories.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
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