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Review – Merlin: A Remedy to Cure All Ills (1.06)
A new court physician mysteriously arrives in time to cure Lady Morgana of a mysterious illness. Gaius is soon at risk of losing his job when Uther is impressed with the stranger’s abilities. Gaius soon learns the “new” physician is not who he claims to be and his presence not only puts Uther in danger but Merlin as well.
Merlin is getting better with each episode, and the cast is getting room to breathe life into their characters even more. I would like to dub this episode: “The Gaius Story”, because it reveals to the viewer a great deal about the loyal court physician. His past is brought to life and we are still left with some unanswered questions, but that is okay, because it makes for great future character development. The best part is seeing Gaius and the Great Dragon have a conversation full of wit and sarcasm. Many things are hinted at through the dragon’s words; some elusive verbal hints should leave viewers wanting more information to be revealed.
I love the darkness that the character, Edwin, brought to the show. He was a tortured soul out for revenge and also a wizard who represented a real temptation to Merlin. It is one thing to be a wizard struggling alone, quite another thing to know someone else like you exists, and understands your situation. Edwin represented a new relationship, that could allow Merlin to be himself and not hide his true nature. It was good to see that Merlin did not have to make the choice of “friendship” over “magic”, that would have been too predictable. Edwin’s eventual demise was done tastefully, thereby keeping the door open for younger viewers to enjoy this show as well.
I am glad that writers are trying to keep this show accessible for most viewers. It just goes to show that you don’t have to display graphic violence to keep viewers tuned in. Merlin, for me is becoming something special and I would not be shocked to see it move to syndication. The show appeals to my imagination and a time when wonder still held onto my heart. I am enchanted by Merlin, and I hope the spell is never broken. Not since the ”cartoon” like Pushing Daisies, has a show brought me so much joy and wonder. I hope we get to see more episodes like this one, where other characters are explored and the richness of Merlin’s world comes to life even more for the viewers. I believe it is important to have shows that are viewable by all, and that still keep the adults in the room entertained. There are plenty of shows for adults to enjoy without the kids around, Merlin is fun for everyone