MERLIN (Saisons 1-5)

Dans la mythique cité de Camelot, un jeune homme nommé Merlin se lie d’amitié avec un certain Arthur…

[quote]CREATEURS

Julian Jones, Julian Murphy, Jake Michie & Johnny Capps…

DISTRIBUTION

Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Richard Wilson, Angel Coulby, Anthony Stewart Head…

INFOS

Série britannique
Série en production - 5 saisons
Genre : aventures/fantastique
Format : 52 mn[/quote]

La bande-annonce de la saison 5 :

J’ai un peu de mal avec cette série. C’est plutôt agréable à regarder mais de ce que j’ai vu des saisons 1 et 2, la structure des épisodes est répétitive avec le plus souvent une menace (monstre, sortilège ou autre) contre Camelot par épisode, la résolution qui passe par un conseil du grand dragon, Merlin qui sauve la situation en restant anonyme, etc… Les relations entre les personnages évoluent lentement et le fil rouge qui cours sur la saison (une sorcière avec une rancune tenace contre le roi) ne se dénoue que sur les deux-trois derniers épisodes. Mais la fin de saison 2 commençait à faire bouger le statu quo, et visiblement, la série change progressivement d’orientation au vu du trailer. Quelqu’un suit la série assidûment et peut en parler un peu?

[quote]The producers of Merlin have claimed that the show “needed to grow… up a little bit”.

Johnny Capps told SFX that the BBC fantasy drama will deal with more mature themes when it returns later this year.
Series co-creator Julian Murphy added: "It’s a bit more adult and it takes the characters to new places. They’re older.

“Take Gwen - she has to be a mature queen of Camelot now and you see stories where she plays the politics of that role in a very sophisticated way.”

Angel Coulby (Gwen) recently told Digital Spy that her character is “a lot more assertive” in the upcoming episodes.

“I think, having in the past been a little bit unsure of herself and never quite believing her worth, now she has accepted that she’s good for the job,” said the actress. “She’s fulfilling the role very well - she’s very fair and just.”[/quote]

La 5ème saison de Merlin sera la dernière de la série :

[quote]Co-Creators and Executive Producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy:

This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot. We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, the BBC, FME and all of our partners globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last five series. But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin’s remarkable and loyal audience around the world for their enthusiasm for the characters and Camelot universe.

Colin Morgan, who played Merlin:

From the beginning this was always going to be a five year journey that we embarked on and I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!

Bradley James who played King Arthur:

The Merlin years have provided me with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends and all the while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honour of being King Arthur so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives, has been humbling.

Katie McGrath who played Morgana:

I have always said the success of the show has stemmed from our audience being able to relate to the characters on different levels – being based on the universally loved Arthurian legend is only a tiny part of its success – it’s a story about acceptance and growing up. The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close.

Angel Coulby who played Guinevere:

It has been a very special and memorable five years making Merlin. I feel extremely proud to have been part of such a brilliant show and such a great team. I think we’ve told the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two part finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more!

Richard Wilson who played Gaius:

Firstly I would like to say that I’m extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!

BBC One Controller Danny Cohen:

Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One schedule. On behalf of BBC One I would like to thank Shine and all those involved in the making of the show both on and off screen. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.

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L’histoire de cette série est celle d’un gâchis incompréhensible. J’en ai subi l’intégralité pour faire plaisir à ma sœur.

Les deux premières saisons étaient en effet assez fraîches et parfois agréables. Un monde intéressant, avec un Uther Pendragon qui génocide les magiciens, un Merlin tout jeune encore et peu sûr de ses pouvoirs, un Arthur immature et antipathique. Les personnages étaient neufs et beaux, ça flirtait dans tous les coins, c’était ouvert, c’était chouette.

Le début de la saison 3 installe un nouveau statu quo, qui ne bougera plus jusqu’à la fin : altération du personnage de Morgana, qui à compter de ce moment ne sera plus que la Méchante Sorcière au sourire maléfique ; Merlin de plus en plus lâche, engoncé dans son secret et aveuglément fidèle à Arthur (prenant son parti contre des magiciens innocents) ; la vertueuse Gwen qui ne fait que ça, être vertueuse ; et un Roi Arthur bien peu royal qui atermoie, continue la politique oppressive de son tyran de père envers la magie, et maltraite Merlin à chaque épisode.

C’est du Smallville, sans Lex Luthor. Morgana aurait pu être une antagoniste très intéressante, mais son personnage a apparemment subi une lobotomie entre les saisons 2 et 3, et il ne reste rien de son humanité, de ses motivations tout à fait défendables. Il ne reste d’elle qu’un sourire en coin de vilaine caricaturale.

On en est maintenant à quelques semaines de la fin de la série. Rien n’a bougé depuis la saison 3. Surplace et recycylage. Arthur est roi, mais il est toujours aussi naïf et imbécile. Merlin, son servant, le sauve à chaque épisode sans jamais révéler ses pouvoirs. Guenièvre est devenue reine, sans que cela change rien à rien. Et Morgane complote inefficacement. Il reste trois épisodes pour révéler le secret de Merlin, faire d’Arthur un roi de légende, enclencher la trahison de Mordred et j’en passe. Dommage.