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'Merlin: The Complete Fifth Season' [Blu-ray]
(Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, Richard Wilson, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)

Overview: After three years of peace and harmony, the future of the Camelot couldn't be brighter. But as King Arthur and his new Queen look to bring the kingdom into a bright future, the seeds of Camelot's destruction are drawing together.

Blu ray Verdict: I think it shouldbe known that the writer of this review ie: me, has loved every season of 'Merlin' and that this one is no exception. I mean what's not to love?! You've got Arthur whose been King for three uneventful years with Guinevere alongside him. And Merlin, who is always looking out for Arthur and Morgana - especially as she is always going to be her usual vengeful self.

Indeed, the arrival of Mordred as a grown man played by Alexander Vlahos has added even more depth to the series. This final season has had the usual mixture of drama and laughter, for sure, but also a tinge of sadness that this to be the end of 'Merlin.'

Oh, you didn't know this was the last series of 'Merlin'? Well, for now at least yes, sadly it is. And I for one will miss him and all his adventures.

But, concentrating on this last series, as happy as I am that Gwen and Arthur tied the knot and are happy, I was very sad by the hurried way the producers decided to wrap up the thousands of loose ends that have come to pass as the show went on. The way Mordred changed was horrifying, but also predictable. I know the point is that we can't escape our fate but the problem is that Merlin could have and acted stupidly. So much of this was his fault that I could barely stomach the ending. I liked the perceived bit of hope at the end but it was so frustrating and I felt could have been wrapped up better.

Sadly, worse yet, Merlin should have revealed his magic to Arthur ages ago. The fact that producers waited until the last possible minute for that to happen was just wrong, sorry! So, in closing, I love the characters and will always treasure them, but there were some parts I enjoyed of this final season - and some that seemed rushed to me, that's all. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

Making of Merlin Season 5
Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Storyboards

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