Merlin: Review: Series 4 Ep 10: A Herald of the New Age

Sir Elyan is haunted by a drippy little boy…

This episode is rather irritating, as there are so many good moments in it but the overall effect is spoiled by what feels like first draft writing in some of the early scenes. There are a number of lines of dialogue that are clichéd, and sound clumsy, almost as if the writer’s stuck something down as a placeholder and there’s not been enough time to go back and sharpen it up.

Last week’s throw-forward gave away a large number of the action plot points of the episode, but luckily doesn’t hint at a couple of the big reveals that drive the latter part of the story. Those who have been concerned that the series has become more about Camelot than the titular magician can rest assured that the focus is much more on Merlin this week (even if he is given some truly appalling dialogue both with Arthur and Gaius).

The effects owe much to Doctor Who‘s The Waters of Mars and are as effective here as they were there, while the ending sees a visual nod of the head to a recent BBC Three series.

Verdict: Another script pass, and this could have been up there with the recent strong episodes – but the ending will have repercussions for Arthur and Merlin, so don’t miss it.  6/10

Paul Simpson

Check out our other Merlin reviews here including the first volume of the series four DVDs.


3 thoughts on “Merlin: Review: Series 4 Ep 10: A Herald of the New Age

  1. Yes, I watch “Merlin” for Merlin as it’s this main character that attract me every week. I am eager for episodes in which Merlin is getting to extend his powers and to make himself the great sorcerer recognized as the hero he really is.

    Posted by HABIBA | December 1, 2011, 12:58 pm
  2. I love when the show gives Colin a little break and showcase some of the other actors/Characters on the show.

    Posted by DeeJay | December 1, 2011, 11:11 pm
  3. I love when Merlin is getting a lot to do in the episodes! He’s the one I watch “Merlin” for!

    Posted by HeadW | December 2, 2011, 7:49 pm

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