Merlin Series 5 Review “The Hollow Queen” — The Sarrum, The Witch and The Reusable Plot

I have mixed feelings about ‘The Hollow Queen’, dear reader. On the one hand, it was a solid episode with great direction and some fantastic acting from Colin Morgan. On the other hand, I’m waiting forMerlin to surprise us, or at least subvert the trends it’s created over the past four series, and it just refuses to do so.

This week saw Merlin being lured out of Camelot by a so-called druid boy, Daegal, so that Gwen could convince a visiting king to murder Arthur. Morgana was waiting to poison Merlin, but Daegal, who was genuinely good, went back and saved his life. Together, Merlin and Daegal got back to Camelot in timeto save Arthur. It was nothing new and, sadly, nothing particularly great.

As far as guest characters go though, I really liked Daegal. I was hoping that he would survive the episode, though it seemed unlikely from the very start. That he was leading Merlin into a trap was also obvious, but I suppose we can’t fault Merlin for caring about people. Besides, Merlin seemed sort of reluctant at the start, so bonus points for him not rushing to his doom too quickly. Read More...


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