MERLIN “Lamia” Review

MERLIN "Lamia" Season 4 Episode 8 – For a long while now Gwen and Arthur’s knights have been seriously underused by the story. It’s a pity because there’s so much potential and history to both of them that’s it’s almost odd to realize that Agravaine has been given more of a character this season than either the love of Arthur’s life or the Knights of the Round Table. That being said, I was fairly excited when this episode began. Arthur, at Gaius’ behest, sends Merlin off with his knights to follow Gwen to a village stricken by a plague killing its young men.

The plague is caused by a lovely looking girl called Lamia, who is actually an enchantress who casts a spell on men (I suppose there’re no lesbians in Camelot) which sends them into a state of lust (for a kids show. Imagine what we’d see if this were on Starz!) This is pretty cool on the page, but on the screen it leads to one of the more disappointing episodes of the season. The whole reason for the expedition is so we get some character development and so I can stop referring to the knights as the one with the muscles, the one with the hair, but throughout this episode they’re not acting as themselves, but as jackasses who’re caught under this magic spell and it’s up to Merlin (and, ultimately, Gwen) to save them. Read More...


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