Season 4 of Merlin arrives on DVD that once
again reunites viewers to the mythical and wondrous universe of the
legendary Merlin the Magician... however unlike most
interpretations of Merlin as a doddering old man, this incarnation
features a hip young Merlin (Colin Morgan) who is slightly reminiscent
of an older Harry Potter.
Given that, The Adventures of Merlin is
definitely aimed at the younger/family market and features humour,
drama, romance and action in comfortable doses. The series does at times
remind me of The Legendary Adventures of Hercules due to some of the
humour and storylines but fortunately there is a touch of the more
serious and recently demised Robin Hood TV series.
The episodes of season 4 of Merlin may not be works of scholarly
geniuses but they fill that gap of light-hearted entertainment and with
the mythical backdrop of Camelot behind it, there's plenty of
entertaining stories to be discovered in this series.
Consider it the BBC version of Doctor Who
meets the sword and sorcery genre and unlike the Merlin of legend or the
good doctor, our young Merlin is only just discovering his powers which
is where most of the entertainment comes from.
Unfortunately to compound the situation for
Merlin or to create a sense of normality for the show, our magician
works in servitude to Prince Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James) and his
father King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has outlawed magic within the
kingdom which creates some interesting yet ultimately clichéd stories.
Like the previous series, season 4 gets straight to the action as the
evil Morgana (Katie McGrath) has opened up a portal to the realm of the
Derocha where evil spirits reside and once again it's up to Merlin and
his friends to help put a stop to this wickedness. This season has also
been subbed as the Golden Age of Camelot as without spoiling the stories
too much, we see Arthur becoming King as loosens the harsh grip of his
From the arrival of the Knights of Camelot
that include Gwaine (Eion Macken), Percival (Tom Hopper) and Lancelot
(Santiago Cabrera) to legendary dragons (John Hurt) and of course the
gallant and heroic Prince Arthur, series 4 is easily the best season to
date and if you enjoyed the previous episodes, you'll thoroughly enjoy
Add in a whole wealth of special features
plus some decent BBC video and audio quality and this is a must have
collection to any fan of the series. Definitely a worthy buy!
Making Of Series 3 Film
Cast & Crew Audio Commentaries