Magic of Merlin

 

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The Magic of Merlin was not just that there was magic,  it was that the story was told with such grace.  That even though there were epic battles, the communication between the characters was honorable, respectful, kind.   Merlin was carried through 5 seasons by superb writing, extraordinary acting, inspired set design & scenery, great directing and more.     It did not rely on fast cars, planes, gizmos, special effects, gore, violence. casual, insignificant sex all thrown together in a questionable package of what is the latest “cool”, as so many tv shows and movies are.   The Magic of Merlin is a combination of a mythical tale, magic, romance, heroism & values which we all respect, want & well, value.

*  Magic:  

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The magic in Merlin captivated us from the start.. but it did so without being too full of special effects and gizmos; it was simply done and provoked wonder in the beholder.. just as magic should.  We delighted in watching Merlin make the candles dance in the air for Freya or  that he could say “liote” and the light would be there.   The fact that Merlin had to keep his secret from most of the rest of the characters compelled us to keep watching while we waited for the day his magic would be revealed.   It was.. magical.

 

*  Mythic Tale

Merlin & Arthur already conjure up mystery, legend & magic in many people’s minds.   Yet this story was something much more:  it was the telling of Merlin and Arthur’s life, how they came to be the men they became.     As a coming of age theme, it was brilliantly done.  The writing was superb in the way that the Sword was explained; both coming out of the lake of Avalon and being retrieved by Arthur from the stone.   Mythic story telling at its best.

 

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*  True Friendship

Brotherhood is very much missing in our society.    The story of brotherly love is something that all men long for, as women long for sisterly love also.   It was portrayed here with such depth of emotion, such reality, such truth.  (Read: Merlin & Arthur :Bromance: http://www.merlin-arthur.com/merlin-arthur-bromance-true-brotherly-love/)

 

*  Real Romance

The romance between Arthur & Gwen was real, gentle, & romantic.    The progression of Arthur and Gwen’s romance was beautifully crafted.  The way their romance blossomed from those first glances at each other to their first kiss, their caring, their love.     It was gentle, true, it was Love.    It’s what every girl longs for and every guy too if he will admit it.    (Read: Merlin: Real Romance at Last: http://www.merlin-arthur.com/merlin-real-romance-at-last/).

Arthur Gwen First Kiss

 

* Real Values

Integrity, honor, respect, Love.      These were the values that were portrayed again and again throughout the show.    The relationships between friends, brothers, lovers & more.  The way the characters spoke to each other with respect and caring.    Their actions; they “walked their talk”.    These values are so lacking in our current western society and most certainly in most western tv & movie shows.  We crave their purity as symbolized in the episode with the Unicorn…symbol of Purity.

* Real Spirituality

Spiritual themes ran throughout the show and added another elemenPuzzlewood 3t that underlines why Merlin was so captivating for so many.   The crystals, the references to the Earth and the old ways, the runes, the Crystal Cave, the Diomer and more.   The scene in the penultimate episode where Balinor tells Merlin “you are not just my son, you are the son of the Earth, the Sun, the Stars, sleep now and you will awaken into the light”.   What a Spiritual metaphor.    Most especially, Merlin responding to Arthur’s question about how did he know the area around the Cave was Sacred:   ”Everything here is so full of life, every tree, every leaf, every insect,   it’s as if the world is vibrating, as if everything is much more than itself…..”   

 

* Fun, it was Fun!

Even though battles were being fought, , there was lighthearted banter, there was fun. Who can forget Uther marrying the Ugly Troll (quite brilliantly portrayed by the wonderful Sarah Parish), or the awkward Changeling Princess falling flat on her face,  or the priceless episode where the Goblin takes over Gaius & creates such fun  & mischief (the farting scene was one of the most hysterical scenes ever!) & it was clear Richard Wilson had a whale of a time with this episode!

Gaius as the Goblin

 

The Magic of Merlin was never just about being able to start fires with no flint or create horses in the smoke, it was about a similar time where people cared for and helped each other, where the values of honor and integrity were revered and where people strived to live from the heart.    Is that escapism?   Perhaps.   Or perhaps it runs deeper than that.. perhaps Merlin gave us hope for a better world; perhaps we want our world to be just like Merlin.

So come on Producers, Creators and Writers, do the right thing.   Do what Merlin & Arthur would do.   We want the Golden Age of Camelot & Albion.   We want Merlin using magic freely with Arthur looking on, with Gwen, Gaius and all the Knights there.       We are waiting.  

What was the Magic of Merlin for you?    Please  comment below & share 

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 This page created on Jan 26 2013


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Magic of Merlin — 50 Comments

    • Hi Suzzy,
      We love ALL the characters as well. We are working very hard to get more Merlin and fix that ending and show us how Albion becomes united. Come and join in the quest
      at facebook https://www.facebook.com/moremerlin , Like the page and enjoy the company of 1000′s of other fans who feel as you. View the video of fans from around the world who have spoken out for More Merlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM2xOcXDDu8 and be sure to subscribe at the website http://www.moremerlin.com and be kept up to date on the progress
      of the project to get us all More Merlin. Diane

      • I thought maybe I was crazy, because I’m a middle-aged woman and I took the ending of this series very badly. Yet when I read everything that was written above, that’s exactly how I feel. This was not a show that should have ended with saddness. It was a show that should have ended with the magic still very much alive. We have too much saddness in the world today. Merlin was an escape from that. The writers did us a great injustice. We stayed with you for 5 years waiting for all to come to pass. Not to watch Arthur pass. Please, leave us with something that we want to recall when we think of MERLIN.

        • Oh Suzanne,
          You are in the same boat paddling away with so so many of us middle-age women who took the ending VERY badly. No you are not alone So be sure to
          stop by http://www.moremerlin.com and helps the rest of us in the efforts to get us More Merlin. Diane

  1. Thank to melin. Sters it want back i want to know how gwen. Can rule the kingdom and i.went to see gaius pls make it possible for melin to be back beck more thing to lien

  2. What hit home with me is how the series Merlin consistently showed ways our grand mother Earth is respected by those living in harmony (as the druids did) with nature; when tradition was more than simply a word or deed followed without knowledge of why it was done; and that a successful series does not require sex portrayed all the time to keep an audience interested. I absolutely hated last night’s ending and felt that a lot was missing – like what everyone else has stated above. I have subscribed already and I just think another season….or more ;)…could be done with the same cast! There has to be closure to the story more than the poor excuse of a series finale they thought would satisfy us. The ending they gave us was sooo wrong!

    • Hi Arsine

      Exactly! I think you will enjoy the piece on Spirituality in Merlin – (check in the Archives, I think it was in February)

      Please make sure you subscribe at the main site http://www.moremerlin.com and we JUST launched the “We want more Merlin” video so it’s really important if you want Merlin back to go watch it on youtube and hit the like button:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM2xOcXDDu8&feature=youtu.be

      * Our aim is 3 Million views on youtube in 10 days

      With that kind of number (and it IS possible) we will get Merlin back! Thanks for your support!

    • Arsine,
      I enjoy this show with out all the blood and guts and all the smut forced
      on us on just about every show on TV anymore; and I agree, killing Arthur doesn’t give closure. We are left with no age of Albion and no free use of magic in Camelot. They could give us one more season with the same cast and give us all the things they promised throughout the 5 years of the show. So if you’d like to see that happen come and join us at More Merlin. The website http://www.moremerlin.com where you can subscribe has links to all the other sites we have..facebook,(click the like button) and youtube (can watch some great Merlin videos) and other sites as well. Come be part of the great More Merlin team and let’s get More Merlin. Diane

  3. Please bring Merlin back, after years of watching it faithfully, I must say I was a little disappointed with the last episode> Finally after years, Young Arthur finally is reveled the truth about Merlin, in the last ten minutes of the episode. What is up with that?? The series needs to continue on, with magic being brought back into Camelot. The ending episode could lead to many more to be written. Please bring back another season. Continue on, so that all of the good folks, that have watched it faithfully over the years, will still have something to look forward to.
    So PLEASE…bring on another season..

  4. I find solace in the Merlin series. It is my escape from the stressors of life. It takes me to a place where there is good, where there is hope! We need hope today. Too much exists that brings us down. This is/was one of the most well written stories about the days of Merlin and Arthur, comparing it to many of the novels you might read. It is my hope that we will be gifted with another season or two and an ending the is more befitting of the magic we have come to know.

    • Carolyn,
      Absolutely, that’s what I came away with, or without?! Hope, I felt like Merlin always had hope, hope that magic would be accepted, that he would be accepted just as he is, and as long as he had hope so did I, but with that ending, it seemed just as he was about to have all that he had hoped for realized Arthur died and Merlin’s hope along with him. It was GREAT to have that hope each week, I needed it and now all I can think of is Merlin waiting, and waiting and waiting to have Arthur rise again and have that hope return. I’m hoping also that we will be heard and gifted with more seasons of Merlin, that’s what we are here for, so subscribe and join in with us and let’s make this happen. What do ya say?

    • Hi Jack,
      That’s our goal here. Hope you subscribed and will keep checking back as we move ahead with our plans. Thanks for so much for you comment. Hope you enjoy our other articles as well.

      Diane

    • That’s what we are wanting too Jack, the same time era. Even though the plan was “said” to be for 5 years they also said they were planning on a series 6. Bradley James even said he was offered a series 6, but said he was ready for something else for now. When asked if he’d ever do it again he was quoted as saying he’d “never say never”. The others said they would have to see what the plans were for it moving forward but if it was good they would do it. As for now they are doing others projects and taking a break from Merlin and I believe given a good break and great scripts they would be willing to give it a good look see. We are going ahead with our goal to do our best to see Merlin back on our TV screens, we love Merlin and all the great things it brought to our lives and we want more of it. Thanks for joining us and let’s get this done.
      Diane

  5. All of the above i loved the relationships between Merlin and Arthur and Merlin and Gaius and so many others Gwen and Arthur it was and is a beautiful show adventure and full of magic in every way!!

  6. This article lists all the reasons of why I fell in love with Merlin. So many shows and movies don’t capture the relationships between characters like Merlin does, and that was due to brilliant writing. It was fascinating to watch and I was hooked every episode on the way.

  7. From the very first episode, I was hooked.
    As the story unfolded each week, one realised that the whole show was just pure magic with out Merlin lifting a finger. A myth that the writers managed to turn into reality, I felt that I was there with them living the legend along with them.
    To make me feel that I was waiting and watching for the glorious conclusion of this superb master piece, only to be cut down in disbelief in the end, was cruelty beyond.
    I am still reeling from the anger I felt at being mislead.
    What was the point of it all!!
    That is how I felt and still do.
    There must be another episode or series that will put all the pieces together. If you bought a jigsaw puzzle only to find that pieces were missing, how would you feel……..robbed!!!

    • Hi Vivienne

      I know just how you feel… as do so many others! So please do subscribe, share this blog as much as you can. We need numbers and then we will put into action our plan to bring Merlin back and have a re-write of the end of the series!
      Thank you!

      • I have subscribed now and have already started sharing.
        My husband never watched Merlin???????
        But he knew he was not to disturb me when it was on.
        However, earlier this evening, he passed a comment about hearing that there was an uproar about the way Merlin had ended. I explained that I was part of the “large group” of people around the world trying to bring it back.
        Now he does not use a computer, this was word of mouth from some fellow friends.
        Looks like the magic is getting through if he was interested enough to tell me about it.
        Onwards and upwards

    • Hi Vivienne,
      Ya know, the way you put it with the missing puzzle piece and feeling incomplete, unfulfilled and yeah actually robbed is exactly how I felt and still feel today.
      I too feel mislead, I was believing the things they had been hinting at during the whole series, that Albion would come that magic would be accepted and that Arthur would
      rule with Merlin by his side. I know the Arthurian legends and I loved they way they went against the typical telling and was totally devastated when they did an about face
      and in the end went back to the typical stuff. I did feel mislead at robbed. Great word. Robbed. We want things to be rectified and we want what we were lead to believe we would get. The magic this show made and gave us every week is missed by thousands and we need to get our voices heard. Thanks for you input, it’s much appreciated.

  8. Merlin´s Magic? Well, its a kind of magic that everybody can feel him/herself. Like making the light a bit brighter, make someone feel a look from behind, all the tiny little things in life we all see, feeel, hear. But with more power, more awareness. His magic is our ambition for becoming a better person, with truth, loyalty, friendship. I miss him and his values.

  9. The show brought magic to many people. I am one of those who are too busy in life and with school that I have no time to enjoy even the simplest of things. “Merlin”, from the time I watched the very first episode, captured my heart. The story portrays the best of human qualities – loyalty, love, trust, humility, bravery, humor, and honor. It also showed the dark side of human nature- thirst for revenge, unforgiveness, and deceit. The heroes of the story continue to face and overcome the dark side of the world they exist in, while they continue to discover their own purpose……their fate……their destiny, as they pursue what is right and just. This is a rarity in many shows, especially here in the U.S. Fans fell in love with the show because it represents an ideal that many wish to attain.

    “Merlin” was written and directed well!! The lines were thoughtful and penetrating, but most importantly, the actors chosen for the parts were perfect!! “Merlin” is a special product of many talents. It is unfortunate that it ended before its time. This is how we feel as fans of the show. If it is at all possible to bring back the show, I will be one of many who will definitely support it. I hope the creators reconsider their decision. “Merlin” is too good to end so soon!!

    • Hello Jadekay

      Thank you for your wonderfully eloquent comment; I agree with it all. Please do read the other posts; I think you might enjoy them. The first one was “why do so many mourn Arthur’s death? (Archives, December) and please subscribe & share!

    • Jade,
      Francesca is right, this is a very eloquent comment. I too thought it was well written and produced and the cast was top notch. The qualities you listed are the exact same ones most of loved as well, which is written about in some of the other articles. Our society is sadly lacking in these and it was refreshing to see and Merlin gave us hope that they did exist somewhere out there, and that they could overcome the dark side.
      I’m glad to hear you that you will support bringing back the show. If you haven’t already check out and “like” the facebook pg http://www.facebook.com/merthursgrouptosavemerlin and join the cause. I hope you did sign up here, bigger numbers will help our voices be heard.
      Diane

  10. The first time when I saw it on tv, I thought… Yeah,, I like this serie, i’m gonna watch every saturday, together with my mom (she liked it too)
    When season 1 was over, I search on google when season 2 come on tv… but.. It never came ;(
    But now I can buy them all on dvd. But when I saw the last episode, It was so sad, I thought, this can’t be the end ;(
    But it was ;’( So I hope there’s coming a season 6 and a season 7 maybe.
    It feels my heart is broken. So, Let gets merlin back on the tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Laura

      Thanks for your comment… yes, we all have broken hearts over the end of Series 5… but yes, we are focusing on bringing Merlin back with the same cast for at least either series 6 or a miniseries or a movie. So keep sharing, building the numbers so we can put the plan into action!

  11. It was a great pleasure to watch #Merlin.. It always been and it will always be. It gave the hope to believe in magic,miracles, friendship and trust once again. There’s 2 sides of the coin just like good and bad, pure and evil, trust and betrayal, MERLIN AND ARTHUR. All i want is to have them back. I know its just a series but still i kinda developed a bond with each one of them. They may be fictional characters but my bond with them is real. Don’t break the bond now. Don’t kill the hope. Just don’t ruin the perfect series. Start it again. Please?!

    • Hi Shafana

      Thanks for your comment! We all feel the same. Please do read and comment on Mission Statement & Merlin Unfulfilled (menu bar above) and pleas sign up and share on fb, twitter, google plus .. we are building numbers so we can put into action our plan to bring Merlin back

  12. It was Uther who banned the Magic. Plz producers and BBC don’t be like Uther. Let the Magic of Merlin return in our life. It never meant any harm then y would u not want to continue this brillient drama. We never liked uther bcoz of this reason because he was a stuborn, heartless man who killed innocent ppl and never cared for others feelings and live. U r doing the same. U are killing the innocent feelings of fans, we love Merlin and we wont rest untill we get it back!

    Please do something fast berrfore its too late to bring it back!!!

  13. It was Uther who banned the Magic. Plz producers and BBC don’t be like Uther. Let the Magic of Merlin return in our life. It never meant any harm then y would u not want to continue this brillient drama. We never liked uther bcoz of this reason because he was a stuborn, heartless man who killed innocent ppl and never cared for others feelings and live. U r doing the same. U are killing the innocent feelings of fans, we love Merlin and we wont rest untill we get it back!

    Please do something fast berrfore its too late to bring it back!

  14. What was the magic of Merlin to me, what was the magic of Merlin to me.. Well I am going to sit down a moment to answer that question.

    Well, first of all, I usally watched “the adventures of Merlin” when I was feeling down, felt like crying or it was just not my day. When I saw the episodes on days like that, it maked me feel better and stronger. It always made me smile. And I didn’t know for what reason. That is a kind of magic I think haha..
    And of course, the love between Arthur and Gwen, the strong friendship between Arthur and Merlin and all the beautiful knights.
    When I was a child, I always was addicted to stories about magic, knights, kings and castles. I always wanted to go to castle when me and my parents were on holiday. This serie just made my child dreams came true. I guess I am really gratefull for the fact that they made this serie and of course I want to see more of them!

    my conclussion is that Merlin is the magic in me.

    love!
    Amarin.

  15. What was the magic Merlin to me? Well, first off who doesn’t love magic, but the most magical was the relationships that developed between the characters. The pure love between Arthur and Gwen and the love between two best friends Arthur and Merlin I also love the relationship Merlin and Gaius. The brotherhood between the knights and loyalty they showed to their King, more pure magic.
    I also thought that the integrity that was woven in amongst all the characters was magical as well, in today’s society integrity is a rare quality and Merlin made us have hope that is still exists.. somewhere!
    We need hope more than ever in these trying times and Merlin gave us tons of that. So to all the great qualities that were pure magic in Merlin I say give us more… bring it back..PLEASE!!

  16. eu comcordo com o comtexto acima as aventuras de merlim com arthur devem comtinuar para que assim a nossa sociedade atual aprenda mais sobres os comceitos antigos e valores que numca deverian ter sido esquecidos depois de assistir merlim fiquei a procura de valores como descritos no filme em meu dia a dia tentei praticalos uma misão quase inpossivel quando se é um em um milão merlim volta por favor

    • I agree Reinaldo our current society could learn a lot from Merlin we have gotten away from how things use to be and Merlin reminds us that those values are an honorable thing.
      I too beg them to bring Merlin back!!!!

  17. What was the magic merlin to me? well i have always been interested in thelegend of king arthur and camelot so when merlin the show appeared on my tv screen i just had to watch it. The relationships between the characters are impeccable! the friendship between merlin and arthur ( the brotherhood) the love between gwen and arthur. Everything about the show was faultless and it just made me smile,laugh and sometimes cry every episode it’s a programme no one will forget in a hurry x

  18. What was the magic Merlin to me? Well, first off who doesn’t love magic, but the most magical was the relationships that developed between the characters. The pure love between Arthur and Gwen and the love between two best friends Arthur and Merlin I also love the relationship Merlin and Gaius. The brotherhood between the knights and loyalty they showed to their King, more pure magic.
    I also thought that the integrity that was woven in amongst all the characters was magical as well, in today’s society integrity is a rare quality and Merlin made us have hope that is still exists.. somewhere!
    We need hope more than ever in these trying times and Merlin gave us tons of that. So to all the great qualities that were pure magic in Merlin I say give us more… bring it back..PLEASE!!

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