TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“The twinkle of my eye”

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(“We’re going on a mission? Should I bring a lunchbox?”)

Airing on: BBC

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

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

From the previous episode, Mordrid is making great progress in King Arthur’s eyes, and is a great addition to the Knights of Camelot despite his young age. When a knight is killed by the sorcerer Osgur, Mordrid is invited to an avenging mission. Merlin comes along, and is worried about how the fate of Arthur is linked to Mordrid’s.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Osgur turns out to be nonthreatening, and dies of a wound inflicted by Sir Gwain, after he passes on a token to King Arthur. The token is a mark of Disir, and the return of the Old Religion to Camelot.

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(Never stop to hear stories of random men in the forest)

Merlin secretly buries Osgur as a fellow sorcerer, and Mordrid agrees that his actions were for the best despite the danger. Magic is still outlawed in Camelot, and their actions could have dire consequences.

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(“Do you you wanna say a couple of words… or is this enough…?”)

Merlin consults the dragon about Mordrid’s involvement with Arthur, and he is berated for not killing Mordrid when he had the chance. The dragon advices Merlin to let Mordrid die if another chance appears.

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(“Why don’t you bring Mordrid to me, and I’ll just eat him. How’s that?”)

Arthur ponders the token from the Disir. He wants to know the true meaning about his judgement, and the fate of himself and Camelot.

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(“I don’t believe in magic, or fate, or Merlin’s intelligence…”)

The Knights of Camelot and Arthur visit the Disir. They enter the sacred cave armed, and are attacked by the the Disir.

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(“When shall we three meet again? ….Is anyone free on Tuesday?”)

Mordrid is magically wounded, and Merlin quietly takes his chance to let Mordrid die slowly. Arthur however rushes Mordrid back to Camelot to be looked at by Gaius.

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(Merlin’s suggestion to abandon the load didn’t go down well)

After explaining Mordrid’s involvement in Arthur’s death, Gaius also tells Arthur that Mordrid will die. Arthur refuses to accept this, and rushes back to the Disir to beg for mercy, and the cure for Mordrid.

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(“Hello, we’re back! We wiped our shoes this time…”)

The Disir give Arthur until dawn for his decision to return to the old Religion in Camelot. Arthur is morally torn, and asks Merlin for advice.

Merlin, who has been pensive the last couple of days, thinking about Arthur’s and Mordrid’s fate, goes against his nature and tells Arthur to never allow magic to run in Camelot.

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(Merlin really hopes Mordrid has expired by this point.)

The two return to Camelot thinking they have let Mordrid die. However, on the steps of Camelot, Mordrid comes down to meet Arthur.

Merlin realises that the Disir have let Mordrid live so that he will fulfill his destiny of killing Arthur. This was the Disir’s punishment for Arthur’s refusal.

Merlin has also cemented Arthur’s refusal of magic, and has denied a place for sorcerers such as himself in Camelot.

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(Mordrid inexplicably gained immortality whilst Arthur was gone.)

Overall, I thought this was a great episode. Although Arthur and Merlin seem to rush from points A to B constantly, there is a genuine urgency to their actions.

Mordrid has never been my favourite character, but this spiraling plot which has Mordrid portrayed as a bad guy, while he simultaneously is being good, is just so mesmerising. I can’t wait to find out how, or when, or if, he manages to harm Arthur.

Merlin has a habit of putting nails in his own coffin. Will he ever reveal his magical abilities to Arthur..? I really, really hope so!

Rated 4/5 – Thoughtful, pensive and magical.

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