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Merlin - S03E08

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

Arthur embarks alone on a quest to prove himself worthy of the Camelot throne by retrieving the Golden Trident from the Fisher King. With the Prince beyond the protection of the citadel, Morgana takes the opportunity to use her dark magic. She gives him a precious bracelet that contains a Phoenix Eye, insisting that he wears it at all times for protection. However, the magical jewel takes away Arthur's life force and he is left defenceless in the Fisher King's perilous realm. With the help of Gwaine, will Merlin be able to reach Arthur in time and fulfil his own quest to protect the future king of Camelot?

Episode Title: The Eye of the Phoenix
Airs: 2010-10-30 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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