T.V. Series Review: Merlin Season 4

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Merlin T.V Series Season 4 Summary

The fourth series of the British drama series Merlin began on 1 October 2011 with the episode “The Darkest Hour – Part 1”.

A year has passed since Morgana fell from power and openly betrayed Camelot, and Camelot has entered a dark age. With Uther left heartbroken from the ultimate betrayal his daughter committed, it is now up to Prince Arthur to take charge. A new face has arrived at court; Agravaine, the young Prince’s uncle and most trusted advisor, however is he to be trusted? After all one can be betrayed by anyone, Arthur has been forced to learn.

With Morgana’s powers growing at an alarming rate outside the castle walls, Merlin must be more cautious than ever if he is to protect Arthur and save Albion from falling into dust. With the trust of Merlin, Guinevere and Gaius to back him as Camelot enters dark times, Arthur is given a lease of hope. However whilst enemies grow stronger outside the walls of Camelot, another flourishes from within….with loyalties tested to their very limit, Merlin and Arthur must place their full trust in one another if they are to prevent the kingdom from falling into Morgana’s hands; if the vengeful sorceress takes the throne, Camelot will be doomed to eternal darkness. As Morgana spreads fear and horror throughout Albion, Guienevere meets her destiny, Arthur finds the weight of a kingdom to bear and Merlin finds his destiny fast approaching, the battle for Camelot may be closer than anyone could’ve thought….

Season 4, Episode 1: The Darkest Hour – Part 1

It’s been one year since Morgana’s betrayal. On Samhain, Morgana sacrifices Morgause, with her approval, to summon the mighty Cailleach to tear open the veil between the worlds. Cailleach informs her that Emrys would be her doom. The next day, Arthur, Merlin and the knights investigate the mysterious slaughtering of a whole village, and they’re attacked by hellish creatures who kill by touch. Gaius later identifies them as Dorocha. As refugees flow to Camelot, Gaius tells Arthur a blood sacrifice is needed to repair the veil, and Arthur decides to sacrifice himself. Agravaine is shown to be in league with Morgana. Gwen asks Lancelot to protect Arthur. En route to the island of the Blessed, they stay the night at a ruined castle where they’re also attacked by Dorocha. Merlin throws himself at them to save Arthur.

Season 4, Episode 2: The Darkest Hour – Part 2

While Lancelot takes Merlin back to Camelot, Arthur and the Knights follow their way to the Island of the Blessed. The Vilia, spirits of rivers, appear to Lancelot and heal Merlin. Afterwards, Lancelot and Merlin race to reach’s Arthur’s group. Gwen confronts Agravaine about his order to close the citadel’s doors. Morgana tries to kill Gwen, but Gaius finds her on time. On the way, Merlin calls Kilgharrah to help them. They finally rejoin Arthur and the Knights before reach the Island. Arthur is ready to give up his life, but Merlin uses his magic to prevent it. But as Merlin speaks with the Cailleach, Lancelot sacrifices himself to repair the veil. Morgana is furious and wants Agravaine to discover Emrys’ identity, but he makes Gaius and Merlin suspicious when he asks Gaius about it. Lancelot’s cloak and sword are burned with full honors.

Season 4, Episode 3: The Wicked Day

The mighty citadel is buzzing in anticipation of the prince’s birthday celebrations. But Arthur’s old adversary, Odin, promises to ensure this is one party Camelot will never forget. For amongst the assembling guests lurks a deadly assassin, set to strike. As the dust settles, Camelot is left devastated. But just how far is Merlin prepared to go to put things right? Would he really risk everything and reveal his secret?

Season 4, Episode 4: Aithusa

The mysterious Julius Borden arrives in Camelot with news of a magical secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom forever. He has located the final part of the key to the tomb of Ashkanar, an ancient mausoleum which holds a very special treasure: the last remaining dragon’s egg. Merlin is understandably drawn in by Borden’s news, and promises to help him. But just who is the enigmatic stranger and, more importantly, why does he really want the egg?

Season 4, Episode 5: His Father’s Son

For the first time since his coronation, Arthur finds out what it’s really like to be King. Arthur faces his first true test as King when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis. With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.

Season 4, Episode 6: A Servant of Two Masters

When Arthur’s party is ambushed by Morgana’s men, a wounded Merlin allows himself to fall into Morgana’s hands to save Arthur. Using ancient magic, she summons a creature called a Fomorroh, and uses it to enslave Merlin’s will to make him kill Arthur. Back on Camelot, Merlin tries unsuccessfully to poison and kill an unsuspecting Arthur twice, but his actions make Gwen and Gaius suspicious. Gaius discovers the Fomorroh in Merlin’s neck and takes it out, but it grows again. After Gaius makes it sleep, Merlin disguises himself as Dragoon and goes to confront Morgana. After a magical battle, he defeats her and destroys the Fomorroh.

Season 4, Episode 7: The Secret Sharer

Morgana joins forces with an enigmatic wizard named Alator to uncover a secret that could change the course of destiny: the identity of Emrys. Meanwhile, Agravaine tries to make Arthur suspect Gaius as the traitor, as Alator kidnaps him to extract Emrys’ identity from him. Merlin knows Agravaine is the traitor, but Arthur does not believe him. While Merlin and Gwaine try to find Gaius, Agravaine warns Morgana. Alator manages to extract Merlin’s identity from Gaius. When Gwaine finds Agravaine with Gaius, he convinces the knight that he’s here to help and they get Gaius back to safety. Convinced by Gaius’ words, Alator turns against Morgana, and saves Merlin from her. Agravaine is forced to apologize to Gaius, who afterwards tells Arthur that Dragoon didn’t kill Uther.

Season 4, Episode 8: Lamia

When the menfolk of Guinevere’s home village fall victim to a mysterious illness, Gaius sends Merlin, along with Guinevere and the Knights, to cure them, but they are side-tracked by a waif-like girl, Lamia. Only Merlin and Guinevere suspect, rightly, that she is responsible, and soon the Knights fall under her spell, fighting each other. As Arthur rides out with Gaius, who has realised the girl’s secret, the Knights succumb, one by one, to the same sickness. Merlin’s magic protects him while he and Gwen fight her, but it is Arthur’s timely arrival which kills the creature and prevents Merlin from revealing his powers. Gaius heals the knights as well as the villagers.

Season 4, Episode 9: Lancelot du Lac

Arthur decides to marry Gwen. Agravaine informs Morgana, who brings back Lancelot’s soul under her command. After Gwen agrees to marry him, Arthur celebrates a tournament and Lancelot appears in the middle of it, with a made up story about his return. Merlin is suspicious because Lancelot has forgotten Merlin has magic. Lancelot gives Gwen an enchanted bracelet from Morgana, to revive Gwen’s love for him. Merlin discovers Lancelot’s a Shadow, invoked by necromancy, working with Agravaine and Morgana, but can’t stop him. Agravaine makes sure Arthur sees Gwen kiss Lancelot. After Lancelot and Arthur fight, Agravaine advises Arthur to kill them both. Arthur banishes Gwen and Morgana orders Lancelot to kill himself. Before burning his body, Merlin wakes Lancelot one last time. Lancelot, now himself again, thanks him.

Season 4, Episode 10: A Herald of the New Age

The Camelot Knights stumble across an eerie Old Religion shrine deep in the forest. Elyan ignores Merlin’s warning, and drinks from the well. After returning to Camelot, Elyan starts seeing a drowned child’s spirit who finally possesses him, and orders him to kill Arthur. Elyan’s attack on Arthur fails but Agravaine pressures Arthur to execute him. Gaius and Merlin find the shrine, which was the place of one of Uther’s ruthless slaying of druids. After Arthur realizes Elyan is possessed when he tries to kill him again, Gaius tells him the spirit won’t rest in peace until the crime is atoned for. At the shrine, Arthur reveals to Merlin he was the one who led the attack on the druids’ camp. Arthur swears to the spirit something like that won’t happen again, and the spirit forgives him, leaving Elyan.

Season 4, Episode 11: The Hunter’s Heart

Morgana finds a powerful ally in the Southron warlord Helios. Together they hatch the perfect plan to force Camelot to its knees… With the Kingdom – and Arthur – preoccupied by the arrival of the beautiful Princess Mithian, it falls to an absent friend to raise the alarm. But with past wounds still raw, can love really conquer all when Guinevere returns? Or is a deadly arrow destined to fly straight into the heart of Camelot?

Season 4, Episode 12: The Sword in the Stone – Part 1

With Morgana at the head of a vast Southron army, a deadly net is closing in around Camelot. When the sorceress strikes, the ferocity of her attack forces everyone to run for their lives – even Arthur. But Morgana won’t let him escape that easily. And so begins a chilling hunt. Can Merlin save the King from Morgana’s clutches? Or has Arthur’s luck finally run out?

Season 4, Episode 13: The Sword in the Stone – Part 2

Helios and Morgana have successfully captured Camelot, while Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Tristan and Isolde are outlawed and on the run. To prove that Arthur is the rightful heir to the throne, Merlin makes Arthur draw an ancient sword out of a stone. Finding his courage, Arthur strikes Camelot and overthrows Morgana. Arthur takes his crown back and marries Gwen, who finally becomes Queen of Camelot. Wounded and banished, Morgana almost dies, but at the very end, the little dragon Aithusa heals Morgana before flying away.

Merlin T.V Series Season 4 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Season 4 continues the magic, love and adventure with Merlin, King Arthur and Gwen. The three work together to fight off Morgana, Merlin continues to hide his magic from Arthur but yet helps him.

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