Are you a Harry Potter fan who needs something to tide you over until the next movie release? Do you like dragons, magic, knights, kings, princesses and anything to do with Medieval times? Do you want a good TV show that everyone in the family can enjoy and will watch together? If you said “Yes” to any of those things, then I suggest you check out BBC’s Merlin: The Complete Second Season.
Merlin: The Complete Second Season Synopsis
I’m just going to come right out and say it. There are a lot of really not-good shows on TV today. Gone are the Three’s Company and Family Ties shows. Now there are shows about cheating spouses, murder, and death. Blech!
So with all of this garbage showing on TV, I get a little excited when I find a TV series that embraces good ‘ole fun and excitement without stooping to the trashy level. BBC’s Merlin is one of those shows that is an excellent family show that helps to teach some good family values (in a fantasy sort of way) while being incredibly entertaining.
If you want a sample of what you’re in for, check out this clip:
I’ll be the first to say that this series is “loosely” based on the story of Merlin. Of course to turn this story into a TV series, that was to be expected. Gwenevre shows up as a servant to Morgana. (I know, right? A servant?) And I also don’t recall that Merlin was Arthur’s literal man-servant, but I could be wrong there. Those two items aside, the writers have done a great job developing an engaging story between all of the characters, including the tenuous relationship between Arthur and his father, Uther.
Each episode effortlessly pulls the viewers into the Medieval Times, complete with Knights, jousting, and sword fights. In each story, we watch Merlin develop his magical powers and discover how much his destiny is intertwined with Arthur’s. There is heavy use of computer graphics to for some of the mythical monsters and magical effects which is all done beautifully and makes the viewing experience that much better.
Here’s a list of things that I like about Merlin: The Complete Second Season.
- It’s family friendly, meaning no cursing, “inappropriate” scenes, gore, or extreme violence.
- The characters are likeable and funny.
- Excitement, adventure, and magic = entertaining for everyone.
- The stories all have subtle lessons – humility, honor, standing for what’s right. All things that every person should learn.
Overall, I think the Merlin series is excellent. I’ve even gone back and have started watching season 1 (on Netflix) so I can catch up with the story. Merlin: The Complete Second Season would be a great addition to anyone’s DVD collection and with magical monsters, heroic knights, and Merlin, will be sure to leave you wanting more.
Merlin: The Complete Second Season was released on January 18, 2011 and you can now own it on DVD.
Merlin: The Complete Second Season Online
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.