TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“Who can hide the most?”

(“I’m King, so give me free stuff. Or else…”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Arthur and Merlin enter a village where an old woman is bring burned at the stake. She is being accused of being a witch, and Arthur steps in to stop the burning. The villagers are confused with Arthur’s decision because his father, Uther Pendragon, was zealous against sorcery practitioners.

Arthur wants to prove that he is not like the previous king.

Warning! May contain spoilers!




After the rescue the old woman hands over a horn that can call open the gateway between the realm of the living and dead.

(Arthur manages to swipe a free horm)

Arthur naturally wants to check if the horn works, despite Merlin protests. The two ride off to the special ritual area.

(Arthur jumps off a cliff with the magic horn)

Arthur enters the realm of the dead and is able to talk about the great changes he has made in Camelot to his father. Uther Pendragon is disappointed that his son is so “lenient”. After this heartbreaking reunion, Arthur can’t resist a last look back when he leaves.

(The land of the dead turns out to be less exciting than expected)

Strange things start happening at the castle, with chandeliers falling down, and knights being attacked by a hidden force in the corridors.

(“This entire castle is falling apart! We need more funding!”)

Guinevere is attacked by an invisible force, and is almost killed after a fire starts in the castle.

(Guinevere fainted from all the excitement)

Merlin and Gaius manage to find out that Arthur may have accidentally released Uther’s spirit back into this realm when he looked back. Uther is haunting all the things that he disapproves of in Arthur’s reign.

Arthur and Merlin decide to hunt down the ghost after a drinking a potion that will help them see spirits.

(“We can distract the ghost by setting you head on fire, Merlin..””)

Arthur confronts Uther, and unfortunately gets knocked out by the paranormal forces.

(“I was resting in peace, but… You were doing everything wrong.”)

Merlin has to recue Arthur, and in the process reveals that he has magic. Uther is furious that anyone with magic could have been o close to his son. Gefore he has a chance to harm anyone else, Arthur manages to finish off the spirit of his late father.

(Uther Pendragon dies *again*, in a really painful way)

Arthur decides to rule Camelot as he sees fit, not like his father.

Overall, this is one of those jumpy and scary episodes that has moments of silences, and ghost activity. I’m not a fan of the minimal plot, which sees the characters sneak around for most of the episode. There is virtually no character development. I felt Arther was no better off after this confrontation than he was at the start of the episode.

Disappointingly, Merlin’s powers was one again hidden by Arthur’s unconsciousness. I thought the writer’s said they were going to stop doing that.

I’m hoping the next episode will get a bit better.

Rated 2/5 – Slow episode. Sneaky and dark.

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