Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Merlin


Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Reasons I Love X - X can be anything from author, series, book, movie, tv show, genre, hobby, reading, to whatever you feel like talking about.  This week I'm going to talk about one of my favorite shows that I feel like I don't talk about enough, Merlin.


1. Strong Cast - Featuring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur Pendragon, Anthony Stewart Head as Uther Pendragon, Angel Coulby as Guinevere, Katie McGrath as Morgana, and Richard Wilson as Gaius, plus there are some really great guest stars.


2. Fantastic Modern Retelling of Classic Arthurian Legend - I loved seeing it all come together from Merlin the great wizard, King Arthur, the Knights and the Round Table, Mordred, Morgana (Morgan Le Fay), Excalibur, etc.


3. Magic - Obviously, I have to include this!


4. Dragons - You can't go wrong with dragons and this particular one is voiced by John Hurt.


5. The Relationships - And, not all of these are romantic.  The friendship between Arthur and Merlin and the father-son relationship between Gaius and Merlin are excellently developed.


6. Sword Fights - Epic action sequences are always a plus - sometimes they're even in slow motion!


7. Family Friendly Adventure Series To Dark Drama - You can really see the progression from beginning in the first season to the end of the last season, and it does both very well.


8. The Knights - What would the series be without these guys?  Personal favorites are Leon, Percival, and Gwaine!


9. Girl Power - Gwen and Morgana certainly have their moments to shine!  You can't forget Isolde and Morgause either.


10. It's Funny - There are some real laugh out loud moments over the course of the five seasons, ranging from banter, insults, snark and sass.


So, have you ever watched Merlin, and did you find it as enjoyable as me?  I say it's high time I rewatch the entire series!  What tv shows, movies, or books do you love?

61 comments:

  1. I've never watched Merlin but I'm intrigued now after seeing those pics. If Netflix has it I might give it a shot! I've always liked the Arthurian stuff and that old movie Excalibur was always a favorite. And it's got dragons too??

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    1. If you do, I hope you like it! And, yes, there are dragons. :)

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  2. I'd forgotten how much I love Merlin! Percival, Leon and Gwaine are my favourite knights too. My only wish for the show was that Arthur found out about Merlin's magic a lot sooner and they could work together with him knowing and accepting it.
    My Top Ten Tuesday all about my favourite character

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    1. Yay! I wish that had been the case, too, or the same goes for some of the other knights. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've never actually seen Merlin, but this post makes me want to. Such a great list!
    My TTT!

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  4. I've never actually seen Merlin, but this post makes me want to. Such a great list!
    My TTT!

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    1. Thanks! It's so much fun! I hope you have the chance to try it. :)

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  5. I don't know why, but I've never even heard of this show!! Seriously, thank you so much! I'm going to go watch this ASAP!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. I'm glad I could pique your interest! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Merlin is the absolute best! I binged the series two summers ago and I don't regret it at all.
    Thanks for reminding me how much I love Merlin!
    Amanda

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  7. Ohmygosh I love this show so much! It was one of the only shows we would watch as a family and we were all upset when it ended. And now I think I should go rewatch the entire thing!

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    1. Love how a post inspires and action. =) Go Lauren! Enjoy the marathon Sam.

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    2. I know...I wish it had kept going. :)

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    3. Thanks for stopping by Lonna! That it has. :)

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  8. I watched the first season of this show and then it was cancelled and brought back on another network I didn't have. It's on Netflix now right? I need to go back and watch it. I loved the show :) Fun list!
    My TTT

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    1. I think it's on Netflix now...I don't use that service myself - I watched the dvds and I need to do it again!

      Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I wanted to love this show more than I did. :( I don't know what about it kept me from really loving it. There were things I really did love about the show, Morgana was portrayed fantastically, and I loved that she had a real reason to hate Uthar, and wasn't necessarily evil from the start, but her fear grew into hatred.

    I watched I think 2.5 seasons before I realized I was pushing myself to watch it, I kind of felt that some of the dialog was a little too modern for the setting of the show. Did I perhaps give up too soon on the show?

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    1. The series consistently improves over the course of the program - they really start to dig into some of the well know mythology when it comes to season 3. :)

      Their presentation of Morgana is one of my favorite portrayals of that characters.

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  10. Merlin is a great series! I should definitely rewatch at some point!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/top-ten-tuesday-60/

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  11. Haven't watched it but enjoyed your post. May I need to check it out. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

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    1. I'm glad I was able to catch your interest. :)

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  12. Fun post! I actually don't have cable television anymore. He he. Last year the hubz and I just called it quits with our local channels. So, I haven't seen Merlin. But, it looks like a fun show. Is Morgana Merlin's sister? I read Magic Tree House (with the kiddies) and there is a character in it named Morgan.

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    1. In this adaptation, Morgana is Uther's ward - so she's essentially Arthur's adoptive sister. I've never had cable - just the over the air stuff for free, but I borrow seasons on dvd from the library. :)

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  13. I'm sorry, I haven't seen this show. Don't shoot me! I want to see it, but I haven't yet. I definitely need to get on this!

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    1. No worries! :) I hope you get the chance to.

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  14. I started watching this of Netflix, but never got around to finishing it. I go through periods of major binge-watching and then just nothing. Maybe next time I get the urge to binge-watch, I'll continue with this one.

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    1. I do the same - you'll have to let me know what you think of it when you get back to it! :)

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  15. I just love how many people decided to share their love for a tv show through today's Top Ten :) I don't watch Merlin, but I love this list, it really makes me want to start this show :)

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  16. I've actually watched a few episodes of Merlin before. I loved it, not sure why I never continued watching, but I should get back to it.

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  17. OMG Yes I loved Merlin! I found out about it a season or two in and marathoned them to catch up and it was so so good. I was so sad when it ended. Such an amazing show and always something you can put on and watch in any mood!

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  18. I haven't seen Merlin BUT I REALLY WANT TO! Particularly for the sass. ;D And I do love medieval things...and tragedy. And I know this one ends badly, so omg why haven't I even started it?!? I NEED MORE HOURS IN MY DAY!! AHHH.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. I bet you would love it - I think it'd be right up your alley! :)

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  19. I've been considering watching this show, and I think you've convinced me to finally giving it a shot!

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  20. I loved Merlin, it's probably one of my favorite series ever!!

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  21. I haven't watched this show. I really need to. Is it still on Netflix?

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  22. I've never heard of Merlin, but you've intrigued me. :) This looks great!

    C @ thoughtsfromlibraries.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you interested. :)

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  23. I keep meaning to watch Merlin!! This blog solidifies it for me.

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  24. I had to read this post! I've never seen Merlin but always wanted to and recently one of my friends has really got into it. She was telling me a bit about it basically fangirling over Gwaine. :) So maybe I'll see if I can find the first season around somewhere. This definitely made me want to watch it even more! All things Medieval always fascinate me. Awesome post!

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    1. Gwaine is pretty awesome, I must say! :) I'm pretty sure he first appears in season three.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. I love this! Such a fun idea...I've never seen this but I'm definitely intrigued now! :)

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    1. Cool! It's such a fantastic show. Thanks for visiting!

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  26. I have never watched Merlin, but the gifs are great! Thanks for an interesting post :)

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  27. I don't have a TV, but this does look good.

    My TTT list

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    1. It's certainly entertaining! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I've never seen Merlin, but it does look like a lot of fun. I'm worried though, that Game of Thrones has ruined me for more light hearted medieval fantasy fare.

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    1. I love Game of Thrones, but Merlin is certainly a breath of fresh air in comparison. :)

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  29. I have been wanting to watch Merlin for years but I haven't done it yet. Is it kid friendly? (10 years old?)

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